Criminal Justice - A.S. Degree

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This program is designed primarily for students who plan to attend four-year baccalaureate programs, but approximately one-half of the graduates of this program have successfully found full-time employment in criminal justice-related field upon completion of the two-year degree. Graduates of two and four-year degree programs are employed in a variety of professional positions by federal, state, county, and municipal agencies as well as private security and loss prevention.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Students will learn the major concepts, case law, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and basic structures involved with law enforcement, the criminal court system, and corrections, including the causes of crime and delinquency.
  • Students will understand and be able to use basic research methods in criminal justice and criminology including design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  • Students will obtain realistic ideas and field experiences related to their pursuit of careers and advanced study in the field of criminal justice.
  • Students will demonstrate research and information competency with traditional computer-based library systems, governmental resources, and media outlets to facilitate the study of criminal justice and criminology.
  • Students will use and demonstrate critical thinking, skeptical inquiry, and the scientific approach to problem solving.
  • Students will learn to recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity to better prepare them for diverse people and ideas within criminal justice.
  • Students will demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills within a liberal arts foundation to better prepare them for any career in criminal justice.

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Courses for this program

This is a recommended program course sequence for students who wish to complete their associate degree in two years. Part-time students and students starting in the spring or summer semesters can meet with an Advisor to customize their own plan.

Code Course Name Credits
Fall - First Year
COLL101 Foundations for Success 3
ENGL101 English Composition I 3
MATH104 Contemporary Mathematics 3
COMS110 Computer Concepts & Applications 3
CRJS100 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System 3
Total Semester Credits
Spring - First Year
ENGL102 English Composition II 3
LSCI000 Science Gen Ed Requirement* 3
PSYC101 Introduction to Psychology 3
CRJS101 Law Enforcement 3
CRJS110 Criminal Law 3
Total Semester Credits
Fall - Second Year
HIST105 U.S. History I 3
SOCA101 Introduction to Sociology 3
CRJS105 Criminology 3
CRJS000 Program Electives* 6
Total Semester Credits
Spring - Second Year
HIST106 U.S. History II 3
GLCA001 Global and Cultural Awareness Gen Ed Requirement* 3
CRJS180 Corrections 3
CRJS000 Program Electives 6
Total Semester Credits

*General Education & Elective courses: Choose from the list of approved courses in the College Catalog.

Students may choose to first take some developmental courses that are designed to prepare students for the college level coursework in their academic plan. This may add to the students’ completion time.

The number of credits students take each semester will determine when the student will complete his/her program of study.