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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 105 Intro to Corrections 5
  Total Credits 15

Winter Quarter, First Year

ENGL& 102 English Composition II (C) 5
CJ 104 Intro to Law Enforcement 5
MATH& 107 Math in Society (M) OR
MATH& 146 Intro to Statistics (M) 5
  Total Credits 15

Spring Quarter, First Year

CJ& 110 Criminal Law 5
  Science Distribution (S) 5
  Humanities Distribution (H) 5
  Total Credits 15

Summer Quarter or Spring, Any

CJ& 106 Juvenile Justice 5
CJ& 112 Criminology 5
  Science Distribution (S) 5
  Total Credits 15

Fall Quarter, Second Year

  Social Science Distribution (SS) 5
  Humanities Distribution (H) 5
POLS& 202 American Government 5
  Total Credits 15

Winter Quarter, Second Year

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

Recommended Distribution Electives:

SPAN& 121 Intro to Spanish (H)
SPEE 110 Principles of Speech Communication (H)
ANTH& 225 Cultural and Ethnic Pluralism (SS)
ECON& 201 Micro Economics (SS)
NUTR& 101 Nutrition (S)

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.

The Criminal Justice emphasis can be tailored to meet both the careet path objectives of the individual and coordinated planning to a four year school. An advisor can additional information on this.

Updated 2014