Associate in Science - Criminal Justice

Modern criminal justice professionals must be educated in a vast array of subject matter that reaches far beyond what is learned in the academy. The Criminal Justice program was designed with the intent of offering students a hands-on experience as well as a traditional classroom education. The combination will make them well-rounded and capable of understanding today's changing criminal justice system.

The Associate Degree in Criminal Justice provides students the opportunity to experience and learn about all aspects of the criminal justice system. The program will develop the critical-thinking skills necessary for modern law enforcement, security, emergency response and investigative professions. Students will be exposed to contemporary policing issues as well as the historical development and future of criminal justice. The Criminal Justice program offers a unique opportunity to focus elective courses on homeland security, computer crime, forensics or law enforcement, in addition to the contemporary law enforcement subjects.

Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared for entry-level positions or advancement in a criminal justice profession. These career opportunities may be in areas such as federal, state, or municipal law enforcement, corrections and security, and include jobs such as Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Federal Bureau of Prisons, and private and personal security agencies.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Explain the basic structure and functions of the American Criminal Justice System, including the juvenile justice system;
  2. Discuss the development of the corrections system in the United States, including the systems of probation, parole and community supervision;
  3. Identify the structure and function of the Federal and State court systems;
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the development of criminal law and criminal procedure;
  5. Discuss the effects of a culturally diverse society on the development of the Criminal Justice System;
  6. Understand the ethical and legal issues of criminal justice professionals;
  7. Assess the basic issues and problems in policing, the courts, and corrections in America; and
  8. Identify the major sociological theories that may explain criminal behavior and delinquency.

Additionally, graduates will complete the comprehensive learning outcomes of the General Education components.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete the Criminal Justice major core courses with a minimum grade of "C-" in each course and a cumulative GPA of 2.3. In addition, students must complete all of the general graduation requirements as stated in the catalog.

Curriculum

Associate in Criminal Justice

General Education Core Requirements - 24-25 Credits

ENG 101

English Composition

3

CJS 106

Investigative Report Writing (WR)

3

COM 1XX

Communications Competency (COM)

3

CAP 1XX

Computer Literacy Competency (CL)

3

MATH 1XX

Math Competency (MATH)

3

 

Science Competency (SCI)

3-4

PSY 112

Introduction to Psychology (SS)

3

PHIL 103

Ethical and Legal Issues OR

 

PHIL 105

Ethics, Values, and Cultural Competence in

 

 

Human Services (CU) OR

 

HSM 105

Contemporary Ethical Perspectives

3

Non-Major Core Requirements - 3 Credits

ASD 120

The College Experience OR

 

 

Open Elective

3

Criminal Justice Major Core Requirements - 21 Credits

Freshman Year

CJS 101

Introduction to Criminal Justice and the Law

3

CJS 112

Criminal Procedure

3

CJS 140

Introduction to Corrections

3

CJS 150

Criminology

3

Sophomore Year

CJS 210

Criminal Law

3

CJS 243

Juvenile Justice in America

3

CJS 299

Internship OR

3

CJS 290

Research Project in Criminal Justice OR

 

CJS 250

Service Learning

 

Electives - 12 Credits

CJS 1XX

Electives

6

CJS 2XX

Elective

3

OPEN

Elective

3

Total Credits in Program

60-61