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Criminal Justice - Public and Private Security (CRJ)

A balance of general, liberal arts, and technical courses is offered to those students who intend to enter the field of criminal justice directly upon graduation or who are currently employed within the field and do not intend to pursue the baccalaureate degree at a four-year institution. This program leads to rewarding careers in law enforcement, corrections, industrial security, and numerous other related positions at the municipal, state, and federal levels.

Note: Completion of this program does not preclude the student from subsequently pursuing the baccalaureate degree should he/she decide to do so. However, transfer policies vary from college to college and the student should be aware that additional coursework in the general and liberal arts education area are likely to be required at a four-year institution.

Students pursuing careers in criminal justice or related fields should be aware that certain aspects of health and or character may be conditional to employment.

The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is awarded upon completion of the requirements for this program.

Students who successfully complete the Associate in Applied Science (A.A. S.) degree in Criminal Justice – Public and Private Security (CRJ) will be able to:

  • Identify the various components of the Criminal Justice System including police courts and corrections;

  • Describe the Criminal Justice Process from incident, initial contact with law enforcement, through the trial process and sentencing;

  • Demonstrate an understanding of Due Process.

Courses should be selected in consultation with an advisor.

First Semester

Course No.

Descriptive Title

Credit Hours

ENG 101

Composition I

3

BHS 103

Social Problems in Today's World

3

CRJ 101

Introduction to Security Administration

3

CRJ 107

Communication and the Criminal

Justice Process

3

CRJ 141

Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

TOTAL

 

15


Second Semester

Course No.

Descriptive Title

Credit Hours

ENG 102

Composition II

3

CRJ 265

Criminal Law & Procedure

3

GOV 121

The American National Experience

3

WFE 101

Lifetime Wellness and Fitness

3

BIO 103 OR

Human Biology OR

 

BIO 104

Environmental Biology

4

TOTAL

 

16


Third Semester

Course No.

Descriptive Title

Credit Hours

BHS 242

Drug and Alcohol Use and Abuse

3

CRJ 253

Ethics in Criminal Justice

3

CRJ 206

Criminal and Scientific Investigation

3

CRJ 201

Criminal Justice Organization

and Administration

3

HED 134

First Aid, CPR

3

Elective (a)

 

3

TOTAL

 

18


Fourth Semester

Course No.

Descriptive Title

Credit Hours

PSY 134

Group Dynamics

3

CRJ 261

White Collar Crime

3

MAT 118 (c) OR

Elementary Statistics

 

MAT 109 (c)

Survey of Mathematics

3

PSY 206

Social Psychology

3

Free Elective (d)

 

3-4

TOTAL

 

15-16

 

 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

64


a. Elective courses: Students wishing to take a special Spanish–language series as part of the six-credit elective requirement may initiate these studies during the first semester. Courses applicable in this program are: (a) specific courses listed above; (b) courses applicable in all programs.

b. See a full discussion of the free elective requirement. The subject area for Criminal Justice includes all courses labeled CRJ.

c. Mathematics course: Students must meet math course prerequisites.