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Associate in Science Degree Program

Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice Associate of Science degree program focuses on individuals who may elect to enter the criminal justice profession, professionals already employed in the field who wish to advance their careers, and students that want to continue their education at the baccalaureate level.

The program provides an interdisciplinary field of study that examines all facets of the criminal justice system, from law enforcement with an emphasis on community policing, to the courts and correctional theories. Career choices may include the fields of law enforcement, court support services, probation, corrections, parole, victim and other human related services.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the roles and functions of the criminal-justice system and its subordinate agencies in a democratic society
  2. Summarize theories of the nature of crime, the causes of criminal behavior and the methods of treating and preventing crime
  3. Apply constitutional principles that protect the rights of citizens and regulate criminal-justice agencies
  4. Research current criminal justice topics and issues and apply them to operational activities
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to the moral, ethical, and legal obligations of criminal justice professionals
  6. Explain the basic principles of human dignity, human rights, and multiculturalism; and demonstrate a personal commitment to the advancement of these principles
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the police agencies' relationships with community-based services

Further, program graduates will possess the following skills to facilitate the fair and effective operation of the criminal justice system:

  1. Express ideas effectively, ethically and responsibly through written and oral communication
  2. Comprehend information presented in written or spoken form
  3. Utilize critical thinking and problem solving skills to formulate, present, and defend logical arguments
  4. Understand and apply mathematical and scientific reasoning in solving problems
  5. Work effectively as a team member to achieve a common goal while exhibiting integrity and character
  6. Utilize criminal statutes, their application and enforcement in conjunction with investigative procedures and techniques
  7. Demonstrate civic responsibility, an appreciation of value diversity, commitment to life long learning and willingness to support positive change and apply these principles to the solution of current social problems
  8. Have the knowledge and skills to obtain entry-level employment in the criminal justice field, and/or gain admission to a four-year college or university's criminal justice program
Course of Study¹
First Semester
Intro to Criminal Justice
Principles of Statistics OR
Intermediate Algebra
General Psychology I
Second Semester
Literature and Composition
American Government OR
State and Local Government
Principles of Sociology
Introduction to Corrections
Police and the Community
Third Semester
Public Speaking OR
Technical Writing
Group Dynamics OR
Abnormal Psychology
Human Biology
Criminal Law
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Free Elective (CJS Elective preferred)
Fourth Semester
Minorities in the U.S. OR
Multicultural Issues in Psychology
Constitutional Law
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Fine Arts Elective
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Free Elective

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pre-requisites and additional information.



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