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Criminal Justice

Degree Offered: Associate in Applied Science

Credits Required: 60/61

This program is to help students acquire the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the Criminal Justice field. Through this course of study, students will become familiar with the theory and use of lethal weapons, investigative techniques including forensic and crime lab analysis, criminal law, and many other topics essential to effective administration of justice.

Upon graduation, you are prepared for entry-level positions in the diverse fields of local, state, and federal policing, corrections, probation and parole, juvenile corrections, substance abuse counseling, and crime victim counseling.

Curriculum - 1st Year

First Semester - 15 Credits

Code
Title
Credits
CIST 100
Introduction to Information Tech
3.00
A computer course designed to introduce students to personal computers. Topics include basic concepts of computer operations, storage media, software categories, Windows operating system, computer communication devices, and Internet. The course also includes introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. 3-0-3
CRIM 100
Introduction to Criminal Justice
3.00
This course is an overview of the American criminal justice system dealing with the role of the police, courts, and correctional institutions. The course also covers constitutional limits of police power, the trial process and sentencing structure, and the functions of the numerous agencies within the criminal justice system. 3-0-3
CRIM 210
Juvenile Justice
3.00
The course topics include biological, psychological and sociological factors in juvenile delinquency; a survey of theories of juvenile delinquency; and modern trends in prevention and treatment. Prerequisite: SOCI101 3-0-3
CRIM 212
Interview & Interrogation
3.00
The course covers fundamentals of the interviewing process and interrogative technology, taking into consideration the nature, methods, and principles of interviewing with emphasis on role playing in interviews. 3-0-3
WRIT 101
English Composition
3.00
Students will practice expository writing and learn the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of an academically sound and challenging thesis and resulting essay. The mechanics of writing will be reviewed as needed. 3-0-3 Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director.

Second Semester - 15 Credits

Code
Title
Credits
CRIM 125
Corrections
3.00
Organization, objectives, and functions of a correctional agency will be studied. Principles of Administration relating to the sound and efficient operation of correctional facilities will be discussed with emphasis on the special problems encountered in the field.
CRIM 124
Policing/ Law Enforcement
3.00
An introduction to the police system in America, the gateway to the criminal justice process. Topics covered will include the historical foundations of police, both in Amerca and abroad, the various roles and tasks of law enforcement and the process by which police officers are hired. The police subculture, the stresses of modern day police work along with innovative changes taking place in law enforcement will be explored.
POLS 101
American National Government
3.00
This course considers the evolution of the principles, form, and operation of our governmental systems with special emphasis on constitutional issues and the various means for the resolution of conflicts. 3-0-3
LITR 210
Concepts of Literature
3.00
This course introduces students to the three major forms of literary expression: fiction, poetry, and drama. Significant works from each form will be analyzed to reveal creative techniques, how they represent an author’s time, and how they reflect today’s human condition.
 
Criminal Justice Elective
3.00
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Curriculum - 2nd Year

Third Semester - 15/16 Credits

Code
Title
Credits
CRIM 133
Domestic Terrorism & Home Security
3.00
This is an overview course focusing on the impact of the war on terrorism in the United States, on our citizens, our government, and on society. Topics to be examined will include how the war on terror has affected first responders; our aviation system, our federal law enforcement agencies, and the relationship between state and local government. Also included will be the topic of cyber-terriorism and how this threat has dramatically altered our country's approach to national security. 3-0-3
CRIM 230
Criminology Theory
3.00
The course deals with the nature and causation of crime; approaches to the study of crime, its treatment and prevention; sociology of criminal law; current theories and research on the nature of criminal behavior. Prerequisite: SOCI101
PSYC 101
General Psychology
3.00
This course examines the scientific study of behavior and mental processes and provides a survey of the major areas of psychology. Important topics and findings from psychology are reviewed. Topics include the role of science in the study of behavior, the biological foundations of behavior, learning, information processing, stress and health, social interaction, development, motivation, emotion and psychological disorders.
 
Humanities Elective
3.00
Description not found.
 
Math or Science Elective
3.00/4.00
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Fourth Semester - 15 Credits

Code
Title
Credits
COMM 110
Interpersonal Communication
3.00
Provides an introduction to the communication process that occurs between people. Students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to develop, maintain, and evaluate dyadic relationships through language, perception, self-disclosure, listening, verbal and nonverbal communication. Emphasis will be placed on building effective and ethical interpersonal relations in an intercultural context utilizing various media.
 
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COMM 201
Public Speaking
3.00
The emphasis is on speech preparation and delivery in a variety of speaking experiences designed to improve the speaker’s capability through the application of correct speech practices. 3-0-3
CRIM 233
Law Adjudication and Procedure
3.00
The focus of this course is to examine the historical background and the legal principles that underlie the Courts as an integral component of the American Criminal Justice system, both differences and similarities inherent within the State and Federal Court processes will be analyzed. The procedures through which the criminal courts uphold the basic rights and liberties found in our federal Constitution will be explored. The trial court processes in both federal and state court will be emphasized as well as law enforcement procedures and constitutional safeguards of citizens prior to trial.
 
Criminal Justice Elective
3.00
Description not found.
 
Criminal Justice Elective
3.00
Description not found.
PSYC 208
Abnormal Psychology
3.00
The course provides a foundation for understanding abnormal behavior. The class examines the nature of mental disorders and the approaches used to classify and treat them. Prerequisite: PSYC101 3-0-3