Nov 26, 2022  
College Catalog 2021 - 2023 
College Catalog 2021 - 2023

Criminal Justice Career Option, A.S.

* Milestone Courses should be taken in the order shown. This will help you stay on track and graduate on time.

Semester 1

Total Credits: 15

Semester 1 Advising Note

  • New degree-seeking students enrolled in 9 credits or more must take a Learning Community Seminar or a Learning Community Cluster within their first year.

Semester 2

Total Credits: 15-16

Semester 2 Advising Note

  • Begin exploring transfer options: attend a transfer workshop and the College transfer fair.
  • Meet with an advisor to begin career planning activities.

Semester 3

Total Credits: 16

Semester 3 Advising Note

Semester 4

  • Credits: 3
  • Elective -1 Career Elective Credits: 3
    Choose from any non-required CRJ course
  • Elective -2 Career Elective Credits: 3
    Choose from any non-required CRJ course
  • Elective -3 Career Elective Credits: 3
    Choose from any non-required CRJ course
  • Elective -4 Open Elective Credits: 3
    Recommended electives include communication or GOV or Computer or Foreign Language courses.

Total Credits: 15

Semester 4 Advising Note

  • Apply for graduation

Upon Completion of This Concentration Graduates Will Be Able To:

  • Demonstrate knowledge, defend and critique the structure of the criminal justice system.
  • Identify, demonstrate and evaluate knowledge of corrections, including its purpose and function.
  • Explain the history and critique major theories of why crime is committed with a focus on criminal behavior.
  • Identify and demonstrate knowledge of Courts including its purpose and function, be able to accurately discuss and relate criminal law and procedure and its constitutional basis.
  • Identify and demonstrate knowledge of policing including its purpose and function, describe and assess the general responsibilities of the criminal justice professional including the professional’s responsibilities and governing ethics.
  • Articulate and critique the role of data and research in the development of criminal justice and policy.

Career Outlook

Graduates that complete the Transfer Option can transfer to four-year colleges and universities to seek a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or a related field. Graduates who complete the Law Enforcement or Corrections Tracks qualify for entry level positions in law enforcement, corrections or security at local, state, regional and federal agencies.