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Criminal Justice

Degree offered: Associate in Arts

Credits Required: 63/64 (2017-2018 Academic Year)



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Through this course of study, students become familiar with the theory and use of lethal weapons and investigative techniques that are essential to effective administration of justice, including forensic and crime lab analysis, and criminal law.


Graduates are prepared  to transfer to a four-year college or university that offers a bachelor of arts in criminal justice.

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Graduates will be able to


  1. Identify the inter-relationship of the three parts of the criminal justice system.
  2. Demonstrate a professional manner before peers, professionals, and employers in the field.
  3. Complete an internship program.

Curriculum - 1st Year

First Semester - 15 Credits

CIST 100
Introduction to Information Tech
A computer course designed to introduce students to personal computers. Topics include basic concepts of computer operations, storage media, software categories, Windows operating system, computer communication devices, and Internet. The course also includes introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. 3-0-3
CRIM 100
Introduction to Criminal Justice
This course is an overview of the American criminal justice system dealing with the role of the police, courts, and correctional institutions. The course also covers constitutional limits of police power, the trial process and sentencing structure, and the functions of the numerous agencies within the criminal justice system. 3-0-3
CRIM 210
Juvenile Justice
The course topics include biological, psychological and sociological factors in juvenile delinquency; a survey of theories of juvenile delinquency; and modern trends in prevention and treatment. 3-0-3
CRIM 212
Interview & Interrogation
The course covers fundamentals of the interviewing process and interrogative technology, taking into consideration the nature, methods, and principles of interviewing with emphasis on role playing in interviews. 3-0-3
WRIT 101
English Composition
Students will practice expository writing and learn the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of an academically sound and challenging thesis and resulting essay. The mechanics of writing will be reviewed as needed. 3-0-3 Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director.

Second Semester - 15 Credits

CRIM 124
Policing/ Law Enforcement
An introduction to the police system in America, the gateway to the criminal justice process. Topics covered will include the historical foundations of police, both in Amerca and abroad, the various roles and tasks of law enforcement and the process by which police officers are hired. The police subculture, the stresses of modern day police work along with innovative changes taking place in law enforcement will be explored. 3-0-3
CRIM 125
Organization, objectives, and functions of a correctional agency will be studied. Principles of Administration relating to the sound and efficient operation of correctional facilities will be discussed with emphasis on the special problems encountered in the field. 3-0-3
LITR 210
Concepts of Literature
This course introduces students to the three major forms of literary expression: fiction, poetry, and drama. Significant works from each form will be analyzed to reveal creative techniques, how they represent an author’s time, and how they reflect today’s human condition. Prerequisite: WRIT101 or permission of the department.
MATH 129
College Algebra with Review
The functional approach to algebra is stressed with attention to the properties of the real number system; linear functions and equations; exponents; radicals; functions; systems of equations; and quadratic equations. Fundamental algebra concepts are reviewed and strengthened through assignments on MyMathLab. Additional topics may be added at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or appropriate high school records. 4-0-4
MATH 130
College Algebra
The functional approach to algebra is stressed with attention to the properties of the real number system; linear functions and equations; exponents; radicals; functions; systems of equations; complex numbers; and quadratic equations. Additional topics may be added at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisite: "C" or better in PREP021, appropriate placement score or appropriate high school records. 3-0-3
POLS 101
American National Government
This course considers the evolution of the principles, form, and operation of our governmental systems with special emphasis on constitutional issues and the various means for the resolution of conflicts. 3-0-3

Curriculum - 2nd Year

Third Semester - 16 Credits

CRIM 133
Domestic Terrorism & Home Security
This is an overview course focusing on the impact of the war on terrorism in the United States, on our citizens, our government, and on society. Topics to be examined will include how the war on terror has affected first responders; our aviation system, our federal law enforcement agencies, and the relationship between state and local government. Also included will be the topic of cyber-terriorism and how this threat has dramatically altered our country's approach to national security. 3-0-3
CRIM 230
Criminology Theory
The course deals with the nature and causation of crime; approaches to the study of crime, its treatment and prevention; sociology of criminal law; current theories and research on the nature of criminal behavior. 3-0-3
COMM 201
Public Speaking
The emphasis is on speech preparation and delivery in a variety of speaking experiences designed to improve the speaker’s capability through the application of correct speech practices. 3-0-3
PSYC 101
General Psychology
This course examines the scientific study of behavior and mental processes and provides a survey of the major areas of psychology. Important topics and findings from psychology are reviewed. Topics include the role of science in the study of behavior, the biological foundations of behavior, learning, information processing, stress and health, social interaction, development, motivation, emotion and psychological disorders. 3-0-3
TAOC Category Four

Fourth Semester - 17 Credits

CRIM 233
Law Adjudication and Procedure
The focus of this course is to examine the historical background and the legal principles that underlie the Courts as an integral component of the American Criminal Justice system, both differences and similarities inherent within the State and Federal Court processes will be analyzed. The procedures through which the criminal courts uphold the basic rights and liberties found in our federal Constitution will be explored. The trial court processes in both federal and state court will be emphasized as well as law enforcement procedures and constitutional safeguards of citizens prior to trial. 3-0-3
MATH 126
This course is an introduction to a field whose ideas and concepts pervade modern society and whose importance in business, technology, science and research in general is considerable and ever growing. The course consists of three parts, namely, descriptive statistics, probability and inferential statistics. Prerequisite: "C" or better in PREP021, appropriate placement score or high school records. 4-0-4
PSYC 208
Abnormal Psychology
The course provides a foundation for understanding abnormal behavior. The class examines the nature of mental disorders and the approaches used to classify and treat them. Prerequisite: PSYC101 3-0-3
FINE 100
Art Appreciation
An appreciation of the visual arts, emphasizing the functions, styles, structure and media of art, art criticism, and performances is presented in this course. 3-0-3
PHIL 101
Introduction to Philosophy
This is a survey course designed to encourage the student to rediscover philosophical issues of historical importance and to develop philosophical techniques. 3-0-3
PHIL 110
Introduction to Ethics
This course provides an introduction to problems of moral philosophy. First we examine the problems intrinsic to making judgments which include value claims (as opposed to facts). Second, we examine the historical solutions to these problems and the ethical theories that they give rise to. Finally, we seek to apply these abstract ethical theories to a variety of particular contemporary moral issues. 3-0-3
TAOC Category FOUR