May 15, 2021
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
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
Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of 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
- 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.
Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 credits
Program Requirements: 15 credits
Area of Concentration Requirements: 21-24 credits
Satisfied by SOC 111 requirement.
Fast Track Option
This program has a Fast Track Option for those holding a college degree.
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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