Award: Associate of Arts Degree
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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.
Upon completion of the A.A. degree criminal justice program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the Criminal Justice discipline, including knowledge of police, courts and corrections, and theories of crime and justice.
- Differentiate between the various components of the criminal justice system, the purposes and objectives of these components, and their roles in the community.
- Explain individuals’ motivation to commit crime in terms of various criminological theories.
- Apply the rules of criminal law and criminal procedure to make appropriate decisions identifying criminal offenses, and arresting, searching, interrogating and identifying criminal suspects.
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
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.
Note: The following codes identify courses which satisfy the General Education Degree Requirements:|
Recommended Course Sequence
* 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.
Students interested in forensic science as a major should
reference the chemistry program in this catalog.