Award: Associate of Applied Sciences Degree
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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:
- 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.
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
* 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.
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