The associate degree in Criminal Justice is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the world of law enforcement. Led by experienced instructors who bring a current, working knowledge of the field, the program delivers an in-depth, relevant study of our modern police and court system.
Through classroom instruction and hands-on field study, you will learn about the criminal justice process – from the commission of a crime, to arrest, to arraignment, to trial. You will study the basics of criminology and criminal law. You’ll learn about evolving technologies in collecting, processing, and preserving evidence. You will shadow on-duty police officers, visit a state police laboratory, observe court cases, and more. And, in the liberal arts tradition, you’ll hone your critical thinking and communication skills – critical to success in today’s law enforcement.
Flexible scheduling options – including online and blended learning, as well as day and evening classes – provide convenience and also help you earn your associate degree in less than two years. If you wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree after earning your A.S. in Criminal Justice, you’ll have the advantage of a smooth transfer to a four-year university.
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- Curriculum Summary
- Program Objectives
Course Code Course Name Credits COM108 Communications and Social Interaction 3.00 ENG108 English Composition 3.00 CRJ101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3.00 ENG215 Analytical Writing 3.00 SIT203 Basic Office Software Applications 3.00 CRJ115 Introduction to Criminal Law 3.00 PLS150 American Federal Government 3.00 CRJ111 Essentials of Criminology 3.00 PSY105 Introduction to Psychology 3.00 MTH145 College Algebra and Trigonometry 3.00 CRJ205 Introduction to Corrections 3.00 CRJ201 Theories of Juvenile Delinquency 3.00 SOC103 Introduction to Sociology 3.00 CRJ210 Policing in the United States 3.00 MTH207 Statistics 3.00 CSC239 Cyber Law, Ethics and Society 3.00 CRJ225 Elements of Criminal Investigation 3.00 HIS180 History of Religion 3.00 CRJ245 Introduction fo Scientific Crime Detection 3.00 CRJ235 Private Security Procedures 3.00
Upon successful completion of this program of study, graduates should be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the origins of criminal behavior, society’s response to crime, and the consequences of crime in society
- Exhibit the highest levels of professional communication skills and intercultural behaviors
- Develop a critical self-awareness to understand the influence of personal biases and values when interacting with diverse groups
- Identify ways in which oppression, privilege, discrimination, and social and economic disadvantage contribute to inequalities and injustices within the criminal justice system.
- Critically evaluate issues and concepts related to criminal justice
- Evaluate the credibility of research data as well as sources of information
- Foster the development of ethical standards