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2017-2018 Catalog

Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice - Social Justice (A.A.S.)


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Title of Major: Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice - Social Justice, A.A.S.

Award: Associate of Applied Science degree, A.A.S.

Total Credit Hours: 60

Code: AAS.LEN.SOCIAL-JUST

About the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute

This degree is part of the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute.

Purpose: To achieve three objectives: first, to provide students with the opportunity to develop the basic theoretical and technical skills needed for an entry-level position into various areas of the criminal justice profession; second, to enhance the opportunities of in-service police officer students for promotion to higher levels of supervision and responsibility; and third, to provide a transfer basis for students who are seeking entry into police and criminal justice agencies having a four-year degree requirement. 

Additional Program Requirements

Students who have career interests in a particular criminal justice agency, especially federal agencies, should consult with one of the criminal justice faculty to plan a program which is transferable to a four-year institution.

Range of Occupations

  • Correctional officer
  • Federal enforcement officer
  • Jail or detention facility officer
  • Juvenile services officer
  • Police officer or cadet
  • Private investigator
  • Rehabilitation counseling
  • Retail store security officer
  • Victim advocate

 

Graduation Requirements


See Academic Regulations for college-wide Graduation Requirements .

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General Education Requirements: 21-24 credits


An approved list of general education courses can be found in the General Education Requirements and degree program required courses  section of the catalog. Choose general education courses from the following topics:

English: 3-6 credits


Arts and Humanities: 3 credits


See General Education Arts and Humanities Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Biological and Physical Sciences: 3 credits


See General Education Biological and Physical Sciences Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Biological and Physical Sciences, Computer Technology or Mathematics: 3 credits


See General Education Requirements for a list of approved courses.

Health/Fitness/Wellness: 3 credits


  • HEA 150 - First Aid and Safety - CPR 3 credit hours
  • OR

  • EMT 104 - Emergency Medical Responder 3 credit hours
  • Students who are graduates of recognized police academies, current employees of fire departments, or current employees of EMT/emergency response agencies may request to have HEA 150  or EMT 104  waived. To do so, students should provide an official (department letterhead) letter to the Records and Registration Office stating that they are graduates or employees of one of the above agencies. Courses or training not approved for academic credit through the American Council on Education or through an institution accredited by a commission on higher education approved by the United States Department of Education will not be accepted for transfer credit or as meeting the waiver. Sixty credits must be completed to earn this degree.

Mathematics: 3 credits


See General Education Mathematics Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 credits


Program Requirements: 15 credits


Area of Concentration Requirements: 21-24 credits


Computer Competency Requirement


Students who elect not to take a Computer Technology general education course must satisfy the computer competency requirement with an elective. See Computing and Information Technology Competency Requirement  for a list of approved courses.

Diversity Requirement


Satisfied by SOC 111  requirement.

Fast Track Option


This program has a Fast Track Option  for those holding a college degree.

Program Outcomes


Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply analytical and critical thinking skills in a law enforcement context.
  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative research related to criminal justice and law enforcement.
  • Analyze, differentiate, and interpret varying data.
  • Articulate concepts and theories of criminology, sociology, psychology as they pertain to the criminal justice system.
  • Gather, analyze, preserve, and interpret information, artifacts and evidence.
  • Apply the law properly in contexts related to criminal justice and public safety.
  • Describe the critical phases of the criminal justice system.
  • Recall the U.S. Constitution Bill of Rights.
  • Identify diversity and human rights issues pertaining to criminal justice.
  • Articulate ethical and professional standards of conduct and performance.
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing in law enforcement situations.
  • Use technology to gather, compose, appraise and apply information.

This program aligns with the college’s core competencies.

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