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Criminal Justice AAS

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The Criminal Justice curriculum prepares students to enter a range of occupations in the criminal justice system and to continue their education.The core courses form a foundation for understanding the operation of the criminal justice system, the causes of crime and delinquency, the history and application of criminal justice and constitutional law, and the ethical bases of criminal justice decision-making. Electives address the diverse issues facing the criminal justice system and encourage students to gain more specialized knowledge of policing, juvenile justice, corrections, and the private sector. Input from the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee and the opportunity to participate in a one-semester internship provide links to criminal justice practice. One High School Mathematics Course or its equivalent is required.
Goals & Outcomes
Goal 1 Prepare students for employment in the field of Criminal Justice or related fields
  • Graduates will be prepared to obtain employment within 5 years in Criminal Justice or related fields
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental operations of the criminal justice system
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of resume writing and a basic understanding of the hiring mechanisms used in criminal justice occupations
Goal 2 Prepare students to read, speak, and write effectively
  • Students will write clear reports
  • Students will write and confidently deliver oral reports
Goal 3 Prepare students to interact in a diverse culture
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to recognize and then “argue against” their personal viewpoints on at least one criminal justice issue
  • Students will demonstrate their knowledge of the diverse cultures and communities that comprise US society
Goal 4 Prepare students to analyze quantitative information, and think critically
  • Students will be able to read, interpret, and use social science data skillfully
Goal 5 To prepare students to demonstrate information literacy
  • Students will use traditional and contemporary information technology
  • Students will identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information
First Semester
1.0
ED100 College Seminar
This course is an opportunity for students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in college. Students learn the importance of the faculty-student and advisor-advisee relationship, develop time management techniques, apply effective study skill techniques, recognize the implications of living in a diverse society, utilize college resources, and explore career and transfer requirements. Collaborative projects are included. Students matriculated in a degree program must take this course in their first term of study. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
CJ101 Intr Criminal Justice
This course introduces the basic elements of the American criminal justice system, from its legal roots and history to its most current concerns. It analyzes the criminal justice process - from arrest to trial and disposition - emphasizing the function and structure of each component. It provides an understanding of how each component responds to crime and how the key question of individual rights and public safety is addressed. Attention is given to the elements of crime, the role of the police, courts, and corrections, and to the challenges facing this system in an increasingly diverse democratic society. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
CJ107 Juvenile Delinquency
This course provides comprehensive explanations of delinquent behavior, an overview of the juvenile justice system, and a discussion of programs designed to prevent and address delinquency. It explores issues related to delinquency in an increasingly diverse environment. It addresses social class, racial, and gender differences in delinquency, the significance of the invention of childhood, and the transformation of juvenile court from a social to a legalistic entity. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
EN101 English 1:Composition
This course focuses on several kinds of writing-self-expressive, informative, and argumentative/persuasive, and others. A minimum of five essay compositions are required. The course emphasizes the composition of clear, correct, and effective prose required in a variety of professions and occupations.Prerequisites: The required developmental reading (DS051 Essential Reading & Study Skills, or DS080 Study Reading), or SL115 ESL4: Advanced Reading, and/or writing courses (EN099 Introduction to College English or SL116 ESL4: Advanced Composition) or permission of the instructor or designee. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
SO101 Intro Sociology
This course gives an understanding of and a feeling for the society in which we live. The concepts and theories discussed relate to humanity, its culture and society, and to those forces that contribute to the smooth operation of this society as well as those forces that contribute to conflict and social problems. Topics include culture, socialization, stratification, population, and patterns of social organization. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PS101 American Natl Govt
This course introduces the discipline of political science through the study of American government. Topics include the concept of the political system, democracy in theory and practice, the historical background and content of the Constitution, Federalism, and the role of the Supreme Court in civil rights. It stresses these aspects of the American political system: public opinion, voting behavior, the electoral system, political parties, and modern campaigning techniques. See when this course is offered ...
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Second Semester
3.0
CJ106 Ethics in Criminal Justice
The goal of this course is two-fold: first, to recognize the ethical implications of the daily decisions made by justice system personnel; and, second, to evaluate individual ethical frameworks. It addresses key analytical concepts including utilitarianism, deontology, peacemaking, codes of ethics, and tests of moral reasoning to resolve ethical dilemmas commonly found in the administration of justice, including policing, courts, and corrections. It addresses the relationship of criminal justice to social justice, along with issues of cultural competence and diversity, especially as they illustrate the existence of dilemmas in applied ethics. Scenarios are used to raise moral dilemmas in the administration of justice, with resolution of these dilemmas and analysis of the issues. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
CJ108 Criminal Law
This course examines the nature and functions of the criminal law. It uses controversial and landmark cases as a framework for an intensive examination of the classification of crimes and the assignment of penalties. It addresses recent court decisions involving the administration of the penal law, jurisdictional questions, and Constitutional protections. It uses the New York Penal Code as an exemplar. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
EN102 English 2:Idea&Values Lit
This course encourages a deeper understanding of human nature and the human condition through the study of ideas and values expressed in imaginative literature. Emphasis is placed on the use and development of critical thinking and language skills. Library-oriented research is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PY101 Intro General Psychology
This course introduces the many and varied facets of psychology. Emphasis is on interactions of individuals in their cultural, social, and economic environments as determined by their cognitive, behavioral, and emotional experiences and training. See when this course is offered ...
4.0
CH101 Physical Science
This course introduces the principles and methods of physical science. It stresses the structure and properties of materials and their interactions. Careful measurement, observation, and the scientific method are covered in lecture and laboratory to develop quantitative reasoning ability. Prerequisite: An appropriate Mathematics Placement test result or MA045 Basic Math Skills or MA050 Introductory Mathematics. See when this course is offered ...
OR
4.0
BI105 Environmental Science
This course increases appreciation and interest in human interaction with other organisms and with the physical environment. Topics include basic ecological concepts as well as human impact on the earth with an emphasis on selected environmental problems (i.e. natural resource use, pollution, wildlife conservation, agriculture, hazardous waste etc.). The laboratory component supplements lecture topics by providing practical experiences. Field experiences are required. See when this course is offered ...
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Third Semester
3.0
CJ202 Constitutional Law
This course addresses the impact of the United States Constitution on the criminal justice system. It emphasizes the fundamental concepts on which the Constitution is based and stresses the Supreme Court decision-making process and schools of interpretation. It analyzes the relationship of the Bill of Rights, especially the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments, to the criminal justice system. Prerequisites: PS101 American National Government, and either CJ101 Introduction to Criminal Justice or PS102 Introduction to Public Policy. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
CJ204 Criminology
This course focuses on the social construction of deviance and crime. It addresses major theoretical perspectives that explain crime in America. It investigates societal responses to crime and current issues facing the criminal justice system. It emphasizes public policy implications of the theoretical perspectives. Prerequisite: SO101 Introduction to Sociology. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
MA110 Elementary Statistics
This course introduces probability and statistics. Topics include graphs, tables, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion, normal distribution, correlation and regression, probability, and inferential statistics. This course is available in two formats: lecture only, or lecture plus laboratory using technology. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA090 Essential Math Skills or MA 091 Introductory Algebra, or equivalent. See when this course is offered ...
Restricted Elective 3-4cr
(a) Students must take three restricted electives, to be chosen in consultation with the student’s academic advisor.
Criminal Justice Elective 3cr
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Fourth Semester
3.0
CJ214 Crim Just Communications
This course examines the nature and importance of communication within the criminal justice system. Students develop report writing skills and an understanding of the impact report writing has on the investigation and prosecution of crime, as well as on the administration of justice. Students refine communication skills within criminal justice contexts. Observational skills, interview techniques, and field note-taking skills are developed. Applications to the Civil Service exam are used where appropriate. Prerequisites: CJ101 Introduction to Criminal Justice, and either EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
SS218 Methods of Research
This course focuses on understanding and applying scientific methodology to an area of inquiry within the social sciences. It covers quantitative and qualitative methods of research including survey research, interviewing, archival analysis, experimentation, and participant observation. Using data-gathering techniques, a number of mini-research projects are conducted. The application of statistical techniques to data analysis is stressed. Computer software applications are used to analyze data from a variety of sources. Research teams are formed to design and implement final research projects. Prerequisites: SO101 Introduction to Sociology and either CJ101 Introduction to Criminal Justice or PS102 Introduction to Public Policy. See when this course is offered ...
Criminal Justice Elective 3cr
Restricted Elective 3-4cr
(a) Students must take three restricted electives, to be chosen in consultation with the student’s academic advisor.
Restricted Elective 3-4cr
(a) Students must take three restricted electives, to be chosen in consultation with the student’s academic advisor.
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...


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