Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S) 

The Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice provides students with a comprehensive practical and professional knowledge of the Criminal Justice System, consisting of law enforcement, courts, and corrections. Students will develop a knowledge of the application of the law, social sciences, and criminology to prepare them to advance to the ACT120 Police Academy or transfer to a four-year college or university to obtain a bachelor’s degree.

Outcomes

  • Identify and analyze the core principles, practices and skills required for a successful career in criminal justice.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the functions and roles of all major aspects of the United States criminal justice system in society.
  • Describe and evaluate the role of the criminal justice concepts of reasonable suspicion, probable cause, and proof beyond a reasonable doubt from interrogation, arrest, prosecution, and conviction.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of and sensitivity toward the ethnic, racial and gender diversity of American society, and an understanding of how these values can be reflected and projected by the criminal justice system.
  • Identify and analyze the ethical issues that arise in each component of the criminal justice system.

Career Outlook

Systems created to maintain public order are in every community. These systems need to be continually created, revised, implemented, and upheld. Individuals working in the criminal justice field provide a valuable service to the public by supporting our criminal justice system and helping to ensure a safe environment for people to live, work and play. Occupations that benefit from criminal justice studies include:

  • Police Officers
  • Detectives
  • Private Investigators
  • Paralegals

Additional education may open opportunities such as:

  • Lawyer
  • FBI Agent
  • S. Marshal
  • Forensic Psychologist

Program Courses

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
Additional course requirements from the EC3 General Education Program.

GENERAL ELECTIVE COURSES
Select three (3) additional courses from the general education program course list as approved by program advisor.

Total for Degree: 20 courses

PA TRAC CAT 1 – English Course (3 Credits)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE CREDITS
ENG 101 English Composition I (Required) 3

PA TRAC CAT 2 – Choose one of the following (3 Credits)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE CREDITS
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
ENG 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
COM 201 Effective Interpersonal and Professional Communication 3

PAT TRAC CAT 3 OR 4 – MATHEMATICS OR SCIENCE – Choose one of the following (3/4 Credits)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE CREDITS
MAT 102 Mathematical Concepts 3
MAT 107 Technical Math 3
MAT 111 College Algebra 3
MAT 202 Intro to Statistics 3
BIO 101 General Biology with Lab 4
BIO 201 Anatomny and Physiology I 4
BIO 202 Anatomny and Physiology II 4
BIO 210 Microbiology 4
CHM 110 Introductory to Chemistry I 4
CHM 111 Introductory to Chemistry II 4
EAS 101 Earth Science: Meteorology with Lab 4
GLG 220 Environmental Geology with Lab 4
PHY 111 Conceptual Physics 4

PA TRAC CAT 5 – Social Sciences (3 Credits)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE CREDITS
SOC 101 Intro to Sociology 3
PSY 101 Intro to Psychology 3

PAT TRAC CAT 6 – Humanities (3 Credits)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE CREDITS
ART 101 Art Appreciation 3
ENG 201 Poetry 3
ENG 207 Survey of Literature 3
MUS 101 Intro to Music 3
MUS 114 World Music 3
PHL 101 Intro to Philosophy 3
PHL 111 Religions of the World 3

PAT TRAC CAT 6 – Humanities (3 Credits)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE CREDITS
    3
    3
    3
    3

PROGRAM MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (21 Credits)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE CREDITS
CJS 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJS 103 Juvenile Justice 3
CJS 150 Criminal Law 3
CJS 170 Introduction to Corrections 3
CJS 180 Introduction to Policing 3
CJS 190 Race, Crime, and Justice 3
PSY 201 Social Psychology 3
PSY 210 Lifespan Development 3
SOC 250 Contemporary Social Problems 3

CHOOSE 1 COURSE FROM THE FOLLOWING (3 Credits)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE CREDITS
CJS 199 Criminal Justice Internship 3
CJS 299 Criminal Justice Capstone 3

TOTAL CREDITS: 60/61

This information is for planning purposes only. EC3 will make every effort to offer the most updated curriculum information above but reserves the right to change, add, and cancel course offerings. Please check with your assigned advisor for the most updated class information.