Criminal Justice, A.S. Degree
The Criminal Justice associate degree program offers students the opportunity to prepare for work within the various fields of criminal justice in both the public forum and private agencies. The curriculum consists of a strong liberal arts academic base supported by social science electives and criminal justice core courses. The latter are enhanced by electives in criminal justice, corrections and security services. The prescribed program also provides for free electives that may benefit the student’s educational awareness and career choice. Courses are available during the day and evening.
The program has strong relationships with many local and state agencies, colleges and universities. Students have been successful in transferring all program courses. A strong element of the program is a cadre of local professionals who supplement the regular faculty, serving as guest lecturers, adjunct faculty and intern sponsors.
Credit for criminal justice core courses and electives may be obtained by students who submit police and criminal justice-related training and work experience for evaluation.
Criminal Justice Requirements
|CJS* 101||Introduction to Criminal Justice||3|
|Gen Ed||ENG* 101: Composition||3|
|Gen Ed|| POL* 111: American Government or
POL* 112: State and Local Government
|Gen Ed||Mode 3||3|
|Gen Ed||Mode 4||3|
|Introduction to Law Enforcement and
Police and the Community
Introduction to Corrections and
Forensic Science and
Forensic Science II
Homeland Security and
Introduction to Emergency Management
|Choose ^||any ENG* above 101|
|Gen Ed||HIS* 101: Western Civilization I or
HIS* 102: Western Civilization II or
HIS* 201: US History I or
HIS* 202: US History II
|Gen Ed||Mode 5||3|
|CJS* 211||Criminal Law I||3|
|CJS* 220||Criminal Investigation||3|
| CJS* 289
| Careers in Criminal Justice or
CJ Cooperative Education/Work Experience
|CJS* 213||Evidence and Court Procedure||3|
|POL* 212||Constitutional Law and Civil Rights||3|
|CJS* 212||Criminal Law II||3|
|Gen Ed||Mode 1||3|
|Total Credits Required: 60|
Upon successful completion of all Criminal Justice degree program requirements, graduates will
- Demonstrate knowledge of the language, terms and concepts of criminal justice and police administration.
- Define and describe each component of the present criminal justice system.
- Identify, describe and clarify problems existing in the present criminal justice system and propose ways of continued improvement of the system.
- Identify the nature, origins, structure, purpose and constitutional limits of criminal law.
- Identify the doctrines of complicity and inchoate crimes.
- Identify the defenses of justification and excuse to an individual’s criminal liability.
- Describe the roots of early common law and how it relates to statutory law.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of criminal
- Demonstrate an understanding of new and innovative investigation methods and techniques.
- Demonstrate an understanding of laws of evidence as it relates to the criminal justice field.
- Identify courtroom procedures.
In addition, the graduate will complete the comprehensive learning outcomes identified with the General Education Core.
^ ENG* 200 or ENG* 202 recommended.
Division of Social Science and Hospitality: 860-512-2750
Source: 2010-2011 Course Catalog
For Additional Information, Contact: 860-512-2753