Associate in Science Degree in Criminal Justice
The Associate in Science Degree in Criminal Justice provides dynamic and intensive instruction in all aspects of the Criminal Justice system.
First quarter studies focus on the core foundational elements of the American judicial system:
• Court System
• Criminal Justice
Starting in the second quarter and continuing into the sixth, students are exposed to various specialized disciplines under the Criminal Justice umbrella and will gain valuable hands-on experience in a variety of topics, including:
• Criminal Procedures
• Cyber Crimes
• Financial Crimes
• Firearm Skills
• Forensic Science
• Organized Crime
• Police Operations and Report Writing
Criminal Justice students will also participate in an all-encompassing Criminal Justice Portfolio beginning in the second quarter and continuing until graduation.
The Criminal Justice Portfolio is a life-like investigative assignment starting with the commission of a mock crime event, gathering of victim and witness statements, processing a crime scene, and collecting evidence. This realistic process will culminate with the presentation of testimony in a Mock Trial scenario during which the student will present a portfolio that has been constructed and maintained by the student during the entire investigative process.
In the sixth quarter, students may have the option to participate in a Criminal Justice Externship where they will work with criminal justice professionals in the community. During this Externship, students will have opportunities to apply classroom training to real life situations in various police departments, courts, correctional facilities, and investigative agencies and gain first-hand knowledge of the Criminal Justice system. In addition, after completing certain prerequisites, graduates of this program are eligible to continue on for a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice or Business Management Technology
Graduates of this program will be qualified to seek entry-level employment in a number of challenging Criminal Justice professions, such as Police Officer, State Trooper, Correctional Officer, Court Officer, Criminal Justice Counselor, Federal Law Enforcement Officer, Private Security Officer, Crime Scene Investigator, Corporate Loss Prevention, and Insurance Claims Investigator.
(NOTE: a criminal record may affect a graduate’s ability to qualify for some Law Enforcement positions)
Mission, Goals, and Outcomes
The mission of the Criminal Justice Technology (CJT) Program is to provide a dynamic and intensive educational experience for students who intend to pursue professional careers in the field of Criminal Justice. Through a combination of theory and lab experiences, as well as an optional externship, the program will provide an extensive legal foundation in conjunction with the practical application of necessary skills and effective written and oral communications. The students’ ability to investigate and analyze evidence will be further developed through the hands-on experience encountered in the various courses incorporated in the curriculum.
- The CJT program will provide appropriate learning opportunities for students to acquire the theoretical knowledge, applicable practical skills, and appropriate mind-set required to function as entry-level criminal justice professionals.
- The CJT program will instill a sense of skill, pride and professionalism in students to be carried forth to a criminal justice organization.
- The CJT program will provide a thorough knowledge of the components of the Criminal Justice System and how they interact with each other.
Graduates of this program will be able to:
- Describe how the American system of criminal justice is affected by political and socioeconomic influences.
- Differentiate between the various components of the criminal justice system, the purposes and objectives of these components, and their roles in our society.
- Describe the basic concepts behind laws, the actions of law enforcement agencies, court proceedings, and the policies of correctional agencies.
- Describe the basic principles of criminal law, criminal investigation, and criminal procedure.
- Explain the constitutional rights of individuals under criminal proceedings.
- Investigate the causes of social problems and analyze the public’s response to the management of such problems.
- Utilize effective communication, critical thinking, and decision-making as they apply to criminal justice professionals in everyday practice.
- Collect and analyze data from a crime scene.
Develop, arrange and present a professional portfolio containing relevant data and information necessary for effective law enforcement.
Associate in Science Degree
- CJ 110 Criminal Justice
- CJ 112 Corrections
- CJ 114 The Court System
- CJ 120 Forensics I
- CJ 122 Criminal Law
- CJ 130 Forensics II/Portfolio Management
- CJ 132 Criminal Procedure
- CJ 134 Report Writing
- CJ 240 Interviewing & Investigation Techniques
- CJ 241 Introduction to Digital Forensics
- CJ 244 Drugs & the Law
- CJ 250 Police Operations/Simulated Firearms Skills
- CJ 254 Sentencing-Probation & Parole
- CJ 256 Portfolio Prep & Management
- CJ 258 Contemporary Criminal Justice Issues
- CJ 260 Moot Court/Mock Trial
- CJ 262 Externship
- CJ 264 Terrorism-Concepts & Analysis
- CJ 266 Gangs & Organized Crime
- SS 204 Juvenile Justice
- SS 206 Constitutional Values in the 21st Century