Criminal Justice

Degree offered: Associate in Arts

Credits Required: 63/64 (2017-2018 Academic Year)



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Through this course of study, students become familiar with the theory and use of lethal weapons and investigative techniques that are essential to effective administration of justice, including forensic and crime lab analysis, and criminal law.


Graduates are prepared  to transfer to a four-year college or university that offers a bachelor of arts in criminal justice.

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 - 15/16 Credits

CRIM 124Policing/ Law Enforcement 3.00
CRIM 125Corrections 3.00
CRIM 120Narcotics and Drug Abuse 3.00
LITR 210Concepts of Literature 3.00
MATH 129College Algebra with Review 4.00
MATH 130College Algebra 3.00
POLS 101American National Government 3.00

Curriculum - 2nd Year

Third Semester - 16 Credits

 TAOC Category FOUR 
CRIM 133Domestic Terrorism & Home Security 3.00
CRIM 230Criminology Theory 3.00
COMM 201Public Speaking 3.00
PSYC 101General Psychology 3.00

Fourth Semester - 17 Credits

CRIM 233Law Adjudication and Procedure 3.00
MATH 126Statistics 4.00
PSYC 208Abnormal Psychology 3.00
FINE 100Art Appreciation 3.00
PHIL 101Introduction to Philosophy 3.00
PHIL 110Introduction to Ethics 3.00
 TAOC Category FOUR 

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. 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

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. Honors Option Available Concepts of Literature Honors explores literary art forms, both traditional, fiction, poetry and drama and non-traditional, film, virtual reality and gaming as well as the international cultures and philosophical approaches that create and interpret such works. Significant contributions to each literary form will be analyzed, resulting in student produced compositions, multi-media presentations and student lead discussions. Prerequisite: WRIT101 or permission of the department. 3-0-3

MATH 129 - College Algebra with Review

The functional approach to algebra is stressed with attention to the properties of the real number system; linear functions and equations; exponents; radicals; functions; systems of equations; and quadratic equations. Fundamental algebra concepts are reviewed and strengthened through assignments on MyMathLab. Additional topics may be added at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or appropriate high school records. 4-0-4

MATH 130 - College Algebra

The functional approach to algebra is stressed with attention to the properties of the real number system; linear functions and equations; exponents; radicals; functions; systems of equations; complex numbers; and quadratic equations. Additional topics may be added at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisite: "C" or better in PREP021, appropriate placement score or appropriate high school records. 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

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 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 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

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

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

MATH 126 - Statistics

This course is an introduction to a field whose ideas and concepts pervade modern society and whose importance in business, technology, science and research in general is considerable and ever growing. The course consists of three parts, namely, descriptive statistics, probability and inferential statistics. Prerequisite: "C" or better in PREP021, appropriate placement score or high school records. 4-0-4

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

FINE 100 - Art Appreciation

An appreciation of the visual arts, emphasizing the functions, styles, structure and media of art, art criticism, and performances is presented in this course. 3-0-3

PHIL 101 - Introduction to Philosophy

This is a survey course designed to encourage the student to rediscover philosophical issues of historical importance and to develop philosophical techniques. 3-0-3

PHIL 110 - Introduction to Ethics

This course provides an introduction to problems of moral philosophy. First we examine the problems intrinsic to making judgments which include value claims (as opposed to facts). Second, we examine the historical solutions to these problems and the ethical theories that they give rise to. Finally, we seek to apply these abstract ethical theories to a variety of particular contemporary moral issues. 3-0-3