Credit Programs

2015-2016 Catalog (Courses updated for 2016-2017)

Associate in Science

Criminal Justice (EB13)

This program is designed as an occupational career program to provide students with the professional knowledge, skills, and techniques required in the area of criminal justice. Students may specialize in the following options: law enforcement; administration, corrections, investigation, and security and loss prevention. Course offerings are transferable to four-year institutions having programs in criminal justice, public administration, social sciences, etc.


  • Identify and explain the basic structures and functions of the American criminal justice system, and the impacts of sociological, psychological, political, and legal conditions on the system.
  • Identify and explain the basic theories and applications of criminology.
  • Identify and explain the basic concepts and functions of criminal law.
  • Identify and explain the major instruments of data collection in the criminal justice system.
  • Identify and explain the current problems facing the criminal justice system.
  • Recognize and apply the relevant elements of the United States Constitution to criminal justice practices.
  • Integrate the theoretical, practical, and ethical issues and applications within the criminal justice system.

A General Studies Degree with a concentration in Criminal Justice is available for students wishing to complete a 60-credit degree with an emphasis in Criminal Justice. Please see a Criminal Justice Program Advisor for additional information.

Suggested Sequence of Courses:
Prerequisite or parallel courses may be required. Please check individual course descriptions for details.

Freshman Year Sophomore Year Total Credits:

1 MAT* E075, MAT* E095 not acceptable.

2 Criminal Justice electives should be based on the student's career objectives and should be made after consultation with the program advisor.

3 Restricted electives cannot be Criminal Justice courses. Restricted electives should be selected after consultation with the program advisor.

4 Practicum requires Program Coordinator approval.

Note: A minimum of 15 credits must be taken in 200-level courses.

Note: For degree completion the student must complete the Computer Literacy Requirement.

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