Jan 29, 2022
Official 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
Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of Courses
English Composition: 6 credits
Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 credits
Additional General Education requirements: 6 credits
Program Requirements: 36 credits
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.
All students in associate degree programs must satisfy the Technology Requirement . In many cases, students may satisfy this requirement simultaneously as they satisfy a general education course requirement or with an elective.
Unless they are in a degree that is exempt, all students in associate degree programs must satisfy the Wellness 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.
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
1. Analyze pertinent issues regarding juvenile justice
2. Compare and contrast law governing adult and juvenile offenders
3. Perform valid and reliable research
4. Exhibit comprehension of juvenile justice purpose/operations
5. Analyze emerging trends in juvenile justice
6. Observe punishment policies regarding juvenile offending
7. Outline legal influences and public policy on children’s lives
8. Implement effective steps for case management
9. Properly select and correctly use valid research sources
This program aligns with the college’s core competencies.
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