Criminal Justice

Degree Offered: Associate in Applied Science

Credits Required: 60/61 (2017-2018 Academic Year)

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

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 100Introduction to Information Tech 3.00
CRIM 100Introduction to Criminal Justice 3.00
CRIM 210Juvenile Justice 3.00
CRIM 212Interview & Interrogation 3.00
WRIT 101English Composition 3.00

Second Semester - 15 Credits

CRIM 124Policing/ Law Enforcement 3.00
CRIM 125Corrections 3.00
CRIM 120Narcotics and Drug Abuse 3.00
LITR 210Concepts of Literature 3.00
POLS 101American National Government 3.00
PSYC 101General Psychology 3.00

Curriculum - 2nd Year

Third Semester - 15 Credits

BIOL 110Human Ecology & Heredity 3.00
CHEM 105Principles of Biological Chemistry 3.00
PHYS 110Introduction to Astronomy 3.00
CRIM 128Orientation to Homeland Security 3.00
CRIM 170Animal Law 3.00
CRIM 133Domestic Terrorism & Home Security 3.00
CRIM 136Intro to Phys Security & Deterrents 3.00
CRIM 115Child Abuse 3.00
CRIM 230Criminology Theory 3.00

Fourth Semester - 15 Credits

COMM 110Interpersonal Communication 3.00
COMM 201Public Speaking 3.00
CRIM 233Law Adjudication and Procedure 3.00
CRIM 164Continuity of Operations Planning 3.00
CRIM 206Crime Scene Investigation 3.00
PSYC 208Abnormal Psychology 3.00
 TAOC Category Six 3.00 

Course Descriptions

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. 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

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. 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.

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 - Corrections

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

LITR 210 - Concepts of Literature

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. Prerequisite: WRIT101 or permission of the department.

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

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

BIOL 110 - Human Ecology & Heredity

This course studies the interaction of man with his environment. Such topics as overpopulation, pollution, behavior, drugs, and evolution will be discussed in terms of how they affect the well being of man. Resource speakers and field trips will be an integral part of the course. No prior science background is necessary. 3-0-3

CHEM 105 - Principles of Biological Chemistry

This course introduces students to the compounds of carbon and the role that these compounds play in living organisms 3-0-3

PHYS 110 - Introduction to Astronomy

This is an introductory course in the concepts of Astronomy. Emphasis is geared toward the student who wishes to acquire a beginning knowledge of astronomical phenomena. Topics are approached on a qualitative basis by the use of videos, classroom discussions, demonstrations, the World Wide Web, and off-campus activities. 3-0-3

CRIM 128 - Orientation to Homeland Security

The course consists of 33 contact hours. Students take part in 12 contact hours of the DHS/FEMA online training for Incident Command System 100 and 200; and National Incident Management System 700 and 800. DHS/FEMA certifications are issued following successful completion of these 4 courses and must be presented to the instructor before the end of the class. 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

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 136 - Intro to Phys Security & Deterrents

This course will concentrate primarily on the development and implementation of a Vulnerability Assessment program. The course explores the various idiosyncrasies that occur with the different types of facilities. The course will include a critical look at the various aspects of physical and cyber security to be considered and learn how to apply credibility and nuisance tests. Personnel access, traffic control and other mitigation measures will be covered. 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 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

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. 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

CRIM 164 - Continuity of Operations Planning

This course is designed for a broad audience and incorporates the FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) online class. Topics include an overview of essential functions, delegation of authority, succession planning, alternate facilities, interoperable communications, vital records, directives and databases, and human capital. Students will prepare a COOP (Continuity of Operations Plan) for a local business or government entity. 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

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