Criminal Justice - Public and Private Security

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
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
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

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.