2020-2021 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jun 22, 2024  
2020-2021 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice, AAS [CRJ-AAS, 60 Total Credits]


The AAS degree in Criminal Justice is intended to provide students with the skills, abilities, and knowledge needed in order to become criminal justice practitioners or to transfer to other institutions to continue their education. The degree addresses both the legal and professional aspects of the criminal justice system while integrating crime control and identifying factors that contribute to deviant behavior. The program prepares students seeking entry level employment within the field of criminal justice.


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Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Summarize the three components (police, corrections, and the courts) of the criminal justice system and the workings of these institutions in society.
  2. Compare and contrast society’s concept of justice with the limitations of the criminal justice system.
  3. Analyze the overall problem of crime in the United States, including different types of crimes.
  4. Evaluate current issues related to crime prevention and rehabilitation of offenders.
  5. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills applicable in the fields of law enforcement, corrections, or criminal law.

General Education Requirements (22 Credits)

Mathematics (3 Credits)

NOTE: Your first college-level MATH course MUST be completed before reaching 30 total college-level credits.

English Composition (3-5 Credits)

NOTE: Your first college-level ENG course MUST be completed before reaching 30 total college-level credits.

Communications (3 Credits)

Human Relations (3 Credits)

Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science (3 Credits)

  • any AM prefix course
  • or  any ANTH prefix course (except ANTH 102 and ANTH 110L)
  • or  any ART prefix course
  • or  any COM prefix course
  • or  
  • or  any ECON prefix course
  • or   or above
  • or  
  • or  any HIST prefix course
  • or  any MUS prefix course (except MUS 100)
  • or  any THTR prefix course (except THTR 275)
  • or  World Languages 101B or above (this includes the following course prefixes: ARA, ARM, CHI, FIL, FREN, GER, GRE, ITAL, JPN, KOR, LAT, PORT, RUS, SPAN, and THAI)

Special Program Requirements (38 Credits)