Associate in Science Degree
The Associate in Science Degree in Criminal Justice provides dynamic and intensive instruction in all aspects of the criminal justice system. The first term focuses on core foundational criminal justice courses like Criminal Justice, Corrections, and the Court System. Starting in the second term and continuing into the sixth term, 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 financial and cyber crimes; police operations and report writing; criminal procedure; forensic science; firearm skills; drugs; and terrorism, gang and organized crime issues.
Criminal Justice students will utilize the skills and knowledge acquired to participate in an all-encompassing Criminal Justice (CJ) Portfolio beginning in the second term and continuing until graduation. The CJ 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 Moot Court/Mock Trial scenario during which students present a portfolio that they have constructed and maintained during the entire investigative process.
In the sixth term, students may have the option to participate in a Criminal Justice Internship where they will work with criminal justice professionals in the community. During this Internship, 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, graduates of this program are eligible to continue on for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.
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. (Please note: a criminal record may affect a graduate’s ability to qualify for some law enforcement positions.)
Associate in Science Degree
Program Mission, Goals, and Outcomes
The mission of the Criminal Justice (CJ) 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 CJ 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 CJ program will instill a sense of skill, pride and professionalism in students to be carried forth to a criminal justice organization.
- The CJ 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 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 266 Gangs & Organized Crime
- Choose one: CJ 241 Introduction to Digital Forensics, CJ 262 Internship or ERD 201 Introduction to Drone/UAV Technology
- EN 100 Introduction to College Writing
- EN 200 Workplace Communications
- EN 211 Oral Communications
- MA 110 Introduction to College Math