Area of Concentration in Legal Studies
Award: Associate of Applied Sciences Degree
No. of credits required: 
For more information: Contact Assist. Prof. Derrick Jones, 443-412-2315,; or Admissions, 443-412-2109.

The Criminal Justice track of the Legal Studies program prepares students for employment in a variety of criminal justice professions. Students interested in the Criminal Justice track will acquire knowledge enabling them to assess the criminal justice system and learn the occupational features of police work. This track is also designed for practicing professionals who desire to advance their education.

Upon completion of the A.A.S. 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.

# Program Electives
 CJ 103Introduction to Corrections 3
 CJ 112Introduction to Crime Scene Technology 3
 CJ 216Terrorism 3
 CJ 283Field Practicum in Criminal Justice 3
 FS 100Basic Forensic Science 3
 CJ 214Police Problems and Practices 3
 CJ 207Criminal Investigation 3

Students interested in transfer to baccalaureate programs with majors in criminal justice should pursue the A.A. degree option in Criminal Justice.

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 and parole officers, 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.


Recommended Course Sequence

First SemesterCredits
CJ 101Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
ENG 101English Composition 3
PS 101American National Government  
PS 102State and Local Government 3
PSY 101General Psychology 3
General Elective3
Physical Education Elective 1
 Semester Total16
Second Semester Credits
CJ 109Police Organization and Administration 3
CJ 111Principles of Criminal Law *3
CMST 101Speech Fundamentals  
CMST 105Interpersonal Communication 3
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology 3
Mathematics Elective ***3
 Semester Total15
Third Semester   Credits
CJ 104Procedural Law and Evidence **3
CJ 201Police-Community Relations 3
ENG 209Technical Writing 3
SOC 102Social Problems 3
Biological/Physical Lab Science Elective 4
 Semester Total16
Fourth Semester Credits
BA 210Business Computer Applications 3
CJ 213Criminology (same course as SOC 213) 3
Arts/Humanities Elective 3
Physical Education Elective1
Program Elective #3
 Semester Total13

* CJ 111 (Principles of Criminal Law) is usually offered only in Spring semester.
** CJ 104 (Procedural Law and Evidence) is usually offered only in Fall semester.
***A four credit course in mathematics may be substituted.