Jan 29, 2022
Official 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: Provides 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. Provides 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
- Jail or detention facility officer
- Juvenile justice counselor
- Juvenile services officer
- Police officer or cadet
- Rehabilitation counseling
- Retail store security officer
- School resource officer
- Victim rights advocate
Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of Courses
English Composition: 6 credits
Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 credits
Additional General Education Requirements: 6 credits
- Technology Requirement 3 credit hours
CTP 103 is recommended. This requirement may also be satisfied by CLEP exam. See General Education Technology Requirement for list of additional approved courses.
- Wellness Requirement 3 credit hours
Choose one course from the list below:
Program Requirements: 15 credits
Area of Concentration Requirements: 21 credits
Satisfied by SOC 111 requirement.
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:
- 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 and apply the U.S. Constitution Bill of Rights to investigations and cases.
- 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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