Criminal Justice, Associate in Science

Modern criminal justice professionals must be educated in a vast array of subject matter that reaches far beyond what is learned in the academy. The Criminal Justice program was designed with the intent of offering students a hands-on experience as well as a traditional classroom education. The combination will make them well-rounded and capable of understanding today's changing criminal justice system.

The Associate Degree in Criminal Justice provides students the opportunity to experience and learn about all aspects of the criminal justice system. The program will develop the critical-thinking skills necessary for modern law enforcement, security, emergency response and investigative professions. Students will be exposed to contemporary policing issues as well as the historical development and future of criminal justice. The Criminal Justice program offers a unique opportunity to focus elective courses on homeland security, computer crime, forensics or law enforcement, in addition to the contemporary law enforcement subjects.

Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared for entry-level positions or advancement in a criminal justice profession. These career opportunities may be in areas such as federal, state, or municipal law enforcement, corrections and security, and include jobs such as Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Federal Bureau of Prisons, and private and personal security agencies.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Explain the basic structure and functions of the American Criminal Justice System, including the juvenile justice system;

  2. Discuss the development of the corrections system in the United States, including the systems of probation, parole and community supervision;

  3. Identify the structure and function of the Federal and State court systems;

  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the development of criminal law and criminal procedure;

  5. Discuss the effects of a culturally diverse society on the development of the Criminal Justice System;

  6. Understand the ethical and legal issues of criminal justice professionals;

  7. Assess the basic issues and problems in policing, the courts, and corrections in America; and

  8. Identify the major sociological theories that may explain criminal behavior and delinquency.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all the general Associate graduation requirements as stated in the catalog. In addition, students must complete the Criminal Justice major core courses with a minimum grade of "C-" in each course and a cumulative GPA of 2.3.  


Associate in Criminal Justice

General Education Core Requirements - 22 Credits

ENG 101English Composition


BUS 212Grant Writing


MATH 135Viewing Life Mathematics


SCI 1XX Science w/lab (SCI)


PSY 112Introduction to Psychology


PHIL 103Ethical & Legal Issues



PHIL 105Ethics, Values, and Cultural Competence in Practice



HSM 105Contemporary Ethical Perspectives


General Education Elective**


** Elective credits may be chosen from any general education course, unless directed by the program.  General Education courses contain the following prefixes:  ENG, MATH, STAT, CAP, COM, BIO, CHEM, SCI, HIS, HUM, PHIL, SPAN, PSY, and SOC.

Programmatic General Education Core Requirements - 6 Credits

COM 1XXCommunications Elective


PSY 2XXElective


Criminal Justice Major Core Requirements - 24 Credits

Freshman Year

CJS 101Introduction to Criminal Justice and the Law


CJS 106/HSM 106Investigative Report Writing


CJS 112Criminal Procedures


CJS 140Introduction to Corrections


Sophomore Year

CJS 150Criminology


CJS 210Criminal Law


CJS 243Juvenile Justice in America


CJS 299Internship


Electives - 9 Credits

CJS/HSM 1XXElectives


CJS/HSM 2XXElective


Total Credit Hours: 61