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Criminal Justice
Associate in Arts


This degree prepares students to transfer to a baccalaureate institution and major in criminal justice. A B.A. degree prepares students to work in criminal justice and government agencies (federal, state, or local) or the private sector. Graduates may enter careers in state and local law enforcement, community corrections, federal law enforcement or in the private sector.

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program should be able to:

  1. Discuss and demonstrate basic procedures related to the fields of law enforcement and corrections.
  2. Utilize knowledge about state and federal laws that impact law enforcement and corrections in decision making.
  3. Understand and discuss the difference in relationships between law enforcement in the community and other legal entities.
  4. Understand and describe the relationships that exist between the various law enforcement, corrections, and the courts systems and at the local, state, and federal levels of government.
  5. Discuss ethics as related to law enforcement and corrections.

Recommended Course Schedule

CJ courses are offered in a rotating cycle please see a CJ advisor for specific class offerings.

Fall Quarter, First Year

ENGL& 101 English Composition I (C) 5
CJ& 101 Intro Criminal Justice 5
CJ 103 Constitutional Case Law 5
  Total Credits 15

Winter Quarter, First Year

ENGL& 102 English Composition II (C) 5
CJ 104 Intro to Law Enforcement 5
  Social Science Distribution (SS) 5
  Total Credits 15

Spring Quarter, First Year

POLS& 202 American Government 5
  Science Distribution (S) 5
  Humanities Distribution (H) 5
  Science Distribution (S) 5
  Total Credits 20

Summer Quarter or Spring, Second Year

CJ& 106 Juvenile Justice 5
CJ 114 Critical & Current Issues 5
  Humanities Distribution (H) 5
  Total Credits 15

Fall Quarter, Second Year

CJ& 105 Intro to Corrections OR
CJ& 240 Intro to Forensic Science 5
MATH& 107 Math in Society (M) OR
MATH& 146 Intro to Statistics (M) 5
  Health & Fitness Distribution (HF) 3
  Total Credits 13

Winter Quarter, Second Year

PHIL 103 Intro to Ethics (H) 5
  Science Distribution (S) 5
  Social Science Distribution (SS) 5
  Total Credits 15

Students are required to complete 3-5 credits in a Diversity (D) course. A list of courses that satisfy the Diversity Requirement can be found in the college catalog.

This Educational Plan is intended as a guide for students who wish to emphasize a specific area of study for the Associate in Arts degree. It is not a guarantee that the courses listed in the plan will be available in the sequence suggested. In some instances, due to low enrollment, some courses may not be offered at all.

(Updated 2013)