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
CRIM 201Interview Interrogation Part I 1.00
CRIM 202Interview Interrogation Part II 1.00
CRIM 203Interview Interrogation Part III 1.00
WRIT 101English Composition 3.00

Second Semester - 18 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
CRIM 170Animal Law 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 133Domestic Terrorism & Home Security 3.00
CRIM 206Crime Scene Investigation 3.00
CRIM 230Criminology Theory 3.00
PSYC 101General Psychology 3.00

Fourth Semester - 15 Credits

 TAOC Category SIX (FNE or MUSI) 
COMM 110Interpersonal Communication 3.00
COMM 201Public Speaking 3.00
CRIM 233Law Adjudication and Procedure 3.00
CRIM 115Child Abuse 3.00
PSYC 208Abnormal Psychology 3.00