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Criminal Justice

Degree Offered: Associate in Applied Science

Credits Required: 63/64

This program to help the student acquire the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the Criminal Justice field. Through this course of study, the student becomes 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 program completion the student is prepared for an entry-level position in the diverse fields of local, state, and federal policing, corrections, probation and parole, juvenile corrections, substance abuse counseling, and crime victim counseling. Aside from the vocational studies, this program provides the student with a balance of academic courses to prepare the student for advancement in a select occupation. English, Mathematics, and Social Science components ensure a well-rounded education. 

The optional internship enables you to put the knowledge to work in a real world environment. Through this internship, the student gains practical experience on-the-job while earning credits. This option allows the student to increase his/her skill and confidence while enhancing employment opportunities after graduation.

Program Outcomes image

Graduates will be able to

  1. Identify the inter-relationship of the three parts of the criminal justice system.
  2. Demonstrate a professional manner before peers, professionals, and employers in the field.
  3. Complete an internship program.

Curriculum - 1st Year

First Semester - 15 Credits

CIST 100
Introduction to Information Tech
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. Honors Option Available Introduction to Information Technology honors introduces concepts related to global computing concepts together with MicroSoft Office to develop documents, spreadsheets, databases and presentations. Through a series of projects students will learn how to develop integrated applications correlated other honors courses. 3-0-3
CRIM 100
Introduction to Criminal Justice
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
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. 3-0-3
CRIM 212
Interview & Interrogation
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
CRIM 201
Interview Interrogation Part I
This course will review fundamentals of the interviewing process including interviewing aides, recognition and use of psychological factors in perception and identification of deception, and physical influence factors of perception and identification of deception. 1-0-1
CRIM 202
Interview Interrogation Part II
This course will introduce the fundamentals of the eight steps of the nterviewing process as well as the legal constraints in witness victim identification in the use of line-ups, show-ups and photographic displays. 1-0-1
CRIM 203
Interview Interrogation Part III
Techniques of the interrogation process will be covered with particular emphasis on role-playing. Major Supreme Court decisions on interrogation law will also be discussed. 1-0-1
WRIT 101
English Composition
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. Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director. Honors Option Available English Composition Honor students will practice expository and persuasive discourse in writing and learning the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of a sound thesis for projects concerning topics of global or international significance. 3-0-3

Second Semester - 18 Credits

CRIM 124
Policing/ Law Enforcement
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. 3-0-3
CRIM 125
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. 3-0-3
CRIM 120
Narcotics and Drug Abuse
This course includes the study of narcotics, dangerous drugs, and the people who abuse them; implementation, evaluation, and coordination of drug control programs; and consideration of private treatment programs, civil commitment procedures, public education programs, and medical treatment programs. 3-0-3
CRIM 170
Animal Law
This is an overview course and an introduction to the emerging field of animal law. Topics covered will include state regulation of animal ownership; damages for harm to pets; anti-cruelty laws, agricultural animals and the issue of factory farming; the animal rights movement and veterinarian malpractice. Case studies and court decisions will be utilized to illustrate these topics. 3-0-3
POLS 101
American National Government
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
TAOC Category Six (LITR)

Curriculum - 2nd Year

Third Semester - 15/16 Credits

CRIM 133
Domestic Terrorism & Home Security
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 206
Crime Scene Investigation
This course is a comprehensive examination of criminal investigations in the public forum. Focus will be on investigative techniques and processes and the range of skills necessary for successful performance and management of criminal investigations. Fundamentals of investigative theory, witness and suspect interviewing, evidence gathering and analysis, the role of constitutional rights, and the link between the investigative and prosecutorial agencies will be explored. 3-0-3
CRIM 230
Criminology Theory
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. 3-0-3
PSYC 101
General Psychology
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. 3-0-3 Honors Option Availaible 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 included 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. 3-0-3
TAOC Category Three or Four

Fourth Semester - 15 Credits

COMM 110
Interpersonal Communication
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. 3-0-3
COMM 201
Public Speaking
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. Honors Option Available Public Speaking Honors emphasizes speech preparation, and delivery, with special attention paid to crafting effective academic and professional presentations on global and international issues. Speeking experiences and presentations will be designed by individuals and groups and presented to the CCBC community, the public and other appropriate audiences. 3-0-3
CRIM 115
Child Abuse
This course is designed to educate the student regarding the subject of abuse and neglect of children. The course will discuss the various types and indicators of abuse and neglect as well as prevention issues. Pennsylvania laws will be discussed as will current community, state, and federal efforts to deal with this problem. 3-0-3
CRIM 233
Law Adjudication and Procedure
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. 3-0-3
PSYC 208
Abnormal Psychology
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
TAOC Category Six