Criminal Justice Career Program A.S.

Program Description

The Criminal Justice program is dedicated to offering a high quality education to students in the three areas of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, courts and corrections. The program is designed to provide students with a strong liberal arts education while providing the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills needed to pursue careers in municipal, state, and federal criminal justice agencies, not-for-profit social services, and private and public loss prevention. The program utilizes a variety of teaching methods designed to create a stimulating learning environment and to promote learner success.

After successful completion of this program, students will be prepared to pursue entry-level careers in local and state law enforcement, and as support personnel in juvenile justice, social service agencies, corrections, private security, law offices and the criminal courts.

Credit for criminal justice courses may be available to students who submit police and criminal justice-related training and work experience for evaluation.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program requirements, students will be able to:

  1. Apply terminology to explain the roles and functions of the criminal justice system agencies and think critically about how the criminal system works in a multicultural society;
  2. Apply constitutional principles that protect the rights of citizens and regulate criminal justice agencies;
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of theories, principles, judicial and correctional processes, legal institutions and methods of law enforcement;
  4. Develop proficient communication and interpersonal and research skills needed for a career in law enforcement and criminal justice; and
  5. Apply scientific methods and quantitative knowledge when processing crime scenes, presenting evidence and evaluating crime statistics.
 Requirements (60-62 Credits)
 College Core Requirements (30-32 Credits)
 ENG 101 Composition 3 credits
 ENG 102 Literature and Composition 3 credits
 COM 173 Public Speaking 3 credits
 MAT 136 Intermediate Algebra 4 credits , OR MAT 121 Applications for Business and Other Careers 3 credits, OR higher level math 3-4 credits
 CSA 105 Introduction to Software Applications 3 credits
 PSY 111 General Psychology I 3 credits
 HUM ELE  Humanities Elective 3-4 credits 3 credits*
 SOC 101 Principles of Sociology 3 credits
 SCI ELE Science Elective 3-4 credits (lab recommended) 3-4 credits*
 POL 111 American Government 3 credits OR HIS 201 United States History I 3 credits
 Major Requirements (30 Credits)
 CJS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 credits
 CJS 102 Introduction to Corrections 3 credits , OR CJS 155 Probation, Parole and Community Corrections 3 credits
 CJS 105 Introduction to Law Enforcement 3 credits , OR CJS 120 Police and the Community 3 credits, OR CJS 250 Police Organization and Administration 3 credits, OR CJS 259 Writing and Research for Law Enforcement Officers 3 credits
 CJS 201 / SOC 240 Criminology 3 credits
 CJS 203 Juvenile Justice 3 credits
 CJS 210 Constitutional Law 3 credits , OR CJS 213 Evidence and Criminal Procedure 3 credits
 CJS 211 Criminal Law I 3 credits
 CJS 220 Criminal Investigation 3 credits , OR CJS 225 Forensic Science 3 credits
 CJS 290 Practicum in Criminal Justice 3 credits
 CJS 294 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice 3 credits , OR CJS 255 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice 3 credits, OR  CJS 280 Victimology  3 credits
 Recommended Sequence of Study
 Semester 1
 ENG 101 Composition 3 credits
 MAT 136 Intermediate Algebra 4 credits , OR MAT 121 Applications for Business and Other Careers 3 credits, OR higher level MAT 3-4 credits
 CSA 105 Introduction to Software Applications 3 credits
 CJS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 credits
 PSY 111 General Psychology I 3 credits
 Semester 2
 ENG 102 Literature and Composition 3 credits
 SOC 101 Principles of Sociology 3 credits
 COM 173 Public Speaking 3 credits
 CJS 105 Introduction to Law Enforcement 3 credits , OR CJS 120 Police and the Community 3 credits, OR CJS 250 Police Organization and Administration 3 credits OR CJS 259 Writing and Research for Law Enforcement Officers 3 credits
 SCI ELE Science Elective 3-4 credits (lab recommended) 3-4 credits*
 Semester 3
 HUM ELE  Humanities Elective 3-4 credits 3 credits*
 CJS 102 Introduction to Corrections 3 credits , OR CJS 155 Probation, Parole and Community Corrections 3 credits
 POL 111 American Government 3 credits OR HIS 201 United States History I 3 credits
 CJS 203 Juvenile Justice 3 credits
 CJS 201 / SOC 240 Criminology 3 credits
 Semester 4
 CJS 210 Constitutional Law 3 credits , OR CJS 213 Evidence and Criminal Procedure 3 credits
 CJS 211 Criminal Law I 3 credits
 CJS 220 Criminal Investigation 3 credits , OR CJS 225 Forensic Science 3 credits
 CJS 290 Practicum in Criminal Justice 3 credits
 CJS 294 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice 3 credits , OR CJS 255 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice 3 credits , OR  CJS 280 Victimology 3 credits  
 Note:

* One of these courses must be an IDS ELE  Interdisciplinary Elective  course: IDS 210 Humanities: The Creative Voice, IDS 230 Liberal Arts / Humanities: Great Books, SCI 114 Survey of Science, BIO 180 Principles of Environmental Science or BIO 181 Environmental Science. IDS 220 Social Science: Individuals and Society does not satisfy the Humanities requirement.


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