ASSOCIATE OF ARTS DEGREE 2019 - 2020
AREA OF CONCENTRATION IN ARTS & SCIENCES
CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Award: Associate of Arts Degree
No. of credits required: 
60
For more information: Contact Assist. Prof. Derrick Jones, 443-412-2315, dejones@harford.edu; or Admissions, 443-412-2109.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The A.A. degree option in Criminal Justice is designed to prepare students for transfer to baccalaureate programs with majors in Criminal Justice. This option provides students an overview of various aspects of the Criminal Justice major and prepares students to complete the last two years at a four-year institution.

PROGRAM GOALS
Upon completion of the A.A. degree criminal justice program, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the Criminal Justice discipline, including knowledge of police, courts and corrections, and theories of crime and justice.
  2. Differentiate between the various components of the criminal justice system, the purposes and objectives of these components, and their roles in the community.
  3. Explain individuals’ motivation to commit crime in terms of various criminological theories.
  4. Apply the rules of criminal law and criminal procedure to make appropriate decisions identifying criminal offenses, and arresting, searching, interrogating and identifying criminal suspects.

TRANSFER INFORMATION
Several Maryland colleges and universities offer majors in criminal justice. Graduates of this program may apply for transfer into many colleges or universities in Maryland or to public and private colleges nationwide

EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION
Students interested in criminal justice are employable in many areas of law enforcement. Some frequently chosen occupations are local, state and federal law enforcement officers, probation officers and correctional treatment specialists, customs and immigration inspectors, fish and game wardens, park rangers, and correctional officers.

The growth rates for criminal justice careers vary depending upon the specific career chosen. The job growth rate for police officers is expected to increase 7% for 2010-2020. For probation officers and correctional treatment specialists the growth rate is expected to be 18% for 2010-2020. For correctional officers for 2010-2020, the job growth rate is expected to be 5%. Projections are from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook.


 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Recommended Course Sequence

First SemesterCredits
CJ 101Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJ 104Procedural Law and Evidence *3
ENG 101English Composition 3
PS 101American National Government  
              or  
PS 102State and Local Government 3
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology 3
 Semester Total15
   
Second Semester Credits
CJ 103Introduction to Corrections 3
CJ 111Principles of Criminal Law *3
ENG 109English Composition: Research Writing 3
PSY 101General Psychology 3
Physical Education Elective1
Mathematics Elective ***3
 Semester Total16
   
Third Semester   Credits
CMST 101Speech Fundamentals  
              or  
CMST 105Interpersonal Communication 3
PHIL 205Ethics 3
SOC 102Social Problems 3
Biological/Physical Lab Science Elective 4
Physical Education Elective 1
 Semester Total14
   
Fourth Semester Credits
BA 210Business Computer Applications  
              or  
CIS 102Introduction to Information Sciences 3
CJ 213Criminology (same course as SOC 213) 3
Arts/Humanities Elective 3
Biological/Physical Science Elective ****3
General Elective **3
 Semester Total15
   

* CJ 104 (Procedural Law and Evidence) is usually offered only in Fall semester. CJ 111 (Principles of Criminal Law) is usually offered only in Spring semester.
** General electives should be chosen based upon the requirements of the institution to which transfer is planned.
***A four credit course in mathematics may be substituted.
****A four credit course in Biologic/Physical Science Lab course may be substituted.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Students interested in forensic science as a major should reference the chemistry program in this catalog.