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Juvenile Justice (A.A.S.)

Title of Major: Juvenile Justice, A.A.S.

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


Total Credit Hours: 60

About the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute

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

Purpose: Produces qualified practitioners with thorough knowledge and skills to assess, treat and manage children and youth offenders in both the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems. Students compare and contrast historical and current day philosophies of the juvenile justice system, to include social and psychological causations to delinquency and crime. Students study the legal and therapeutic distinctions between children and adults regarding legal representation and protection, due process of law, custody, sentencing, residential and at-home placements, treatment, education and community reintegration. 

Additional Degree Requirements

Students are expected to participate with their advisor in tailoring a mix of electives that will satisfy their own needs with respect to immediate and long-term employment.

Range of Occupations

  • Case manager I, II or III
  • Juvenile counselor
  • Law enforcement
  • Correctional officer
  • Community and family advocacy
  • Social services
  • Parole and probation
  • Juvenile and family counseling

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.

*Students who do not complete a Computer Technology general education course must satisfy the Computing and Information Technology competency requirement with an elective.

Health/Fitness/Wellness: 3 credits

See General Education Health/Fitness/Wellness Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Mathematics: 3 credits

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

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 credits

Program Requirements: 36-39 credits

Computer Competency Requirement

All students in associate degree programs must demonstrate competence in computing and information technology (a computer competency requirement ). Students may satisfy the computer competency course requirement simultaneously as they satisfy the computer technology general education course or with an elective.

Diversity Requirement

All students in associate degree programs must satisfy the diversity requirement.  In many cases, students may satisfy this requirement simultaneously as they satisfy a general education course requirement or with an elective.

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:

  • Analyze pertinent issues to include interpreting the legal, social, and ethical implications within the issues; makes inferences and able to support generalizations.
  • Conduct good investigations, examinations, research and analysis.
  • Analyze gathered, substantive information from which to make predications and to draw valid conclusions.
  • Demonstrate high-quality decision-making skills.
  • Contrast pertinent and applicable facts of law governing adult and juvenile offenders; correctional management of adult and juvenile offenders.
  • Consistently perform reliable research methods including the selection and use of valid research sources.
  • Examine and dissect information into parts/details.
  • Properly interpret basic human rights in diverse settings.
  • Accurately recall facts, terms, basic concepts and ideas about laws, standards and regulations and their influences on a diverse juvenile population.
  • Effectively function in professional, social and academic arenas where cultures and perspectives vary among people.
  • Consistently practice legal and ethic, moral standards in professional, social and academic settings.
  • Commit to life-long interest in learning, including efforts to contribute constructive research and theory to the juvenile justice system.
  • Assess the progression of juvenile justice in conjunction with the social and political evolution of human kind.
  • Exhibit full comprehension of the purpose, functions and operations of the juvenile justice system.
  • Analyze emerging trends in juvenile justice.
  • Observe global events and changes and their impact on the formulation of social, political, legal, law enforcement, and punishment policies regarding juvenile offending.
  • Consider the short and long-term influences and impressions that laws and public policy have on conditions governing the quality of life and political self-determination for children, youth and families.
  • Implement effective steps for feasible project management
  • Maintain a healthy attitude, personal home/work/school balance, and self-perspective regarding personal and professional relationships, career aspirations, and social awareness.
  • Through the general support of family and friends, and through appropriate professional services respond appropriately to symptoms of stress, distress, anxiety, and other mounting impairments that may obstruct academic achievement.
  • Actively engage in Institute-sponsored learning and career development opportunities outside of the general classroom setting
  • Coordinate with instructors and professionals to receive volunteer, internship and field training experiences.
  • Maintain a career portfolio to include goals and objectives for entry level and advancement in the field.
  • Fittingly integrate basic science concepts, theories, and practices into processes of examination, research and evaluation, creating content-rich learning experiences.
  • Apply, at minimal, primary math models and functions.
  • Describe the vast technological influences in corrections overall and specific to juvenile justice system.
  • Perform accurate use of a variety of technological and electronic tools to obtain, maintain, generate, communicate, interpret, research, analyze, and evaluate information in adult and juvenile justice systems.
  • Demonstrate active listening skills.
  • Convey ideas, sentiment, instruction, requests, and suggestions through clear, accurate verbal expression, requesting and providing useful verbal feedback when needed.
  • Properly interject professional jargon, terminology and technical language in settings where such communications is aptly required.
  • Write well to meet research, briefs, and report writing specifications for academic and professional settings.
  • Maintain a reading comprehension level conducive for successful college level learning and achievement.
  • Conduct interviews and interrogations in a professional manner to extract or to exchange information.
  • Network to develop positive relationships.

This program aligns with the college’s core competencies.

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