Nov 28, 2022
Official 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: 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. Enhances the opportunities of in-service police officer students for promotion to higher levels of supervision and responsibility. 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
- Federal law enforcement officer
- Investigative assistant
- Jail or detention facility officer
- Juvenile services officer
- Police dispatcher
- Police officer or cadet
- Private investigator
- 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 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.
Students may wish to also review requirements for the related majors or programs linked below.
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