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

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Title of Major: Law Enforcement and Criminal 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: 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: 23-26 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: 4 credits

Computer Technology: 4 credits

See General Education Computer Technology Requirements  for a list of approved courses. Students should take a course that satisfies computer competency.  (CTA 100  or CTP 103  each satisfies the computer technology and computer competency requirements simultaneously.)

Health/Fitness/Wellness: 3 credits

  • 3 credit hours
  • OR

  • 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

Students planning to transfer to the University of Baltimore should select MAT 135 . 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: 19-22 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

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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