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Criminal Justice
Associate in Technical Arts


Designed to meet the education needs of both working professionals and those seeking new employment in a variety of law enforcement and correctional agencies. Cooperative education components will be designed with local or state law enforcement agencies, correctional institutions, or social service support agencies. Courses offered in a variety of formats to accommodate the schedules of traditional and non-traditional students alike. Cooperative education components offered in partnership with regional law enforcement agencies, adult and juvenile correctional institutions.

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, 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

Fall Quarter, Every Year

CJ& 101 Intro Criminal Justice (required) 5
CJ 103 Constitutional Case Law (required) 5
  Criminal Justice Elective 5
WRT 105 Writing in the Workplace 5
  Total Credits 20

Winter Quarter, Every Year

CJ 104 Intro to Law Enforcement (required) 5
CJ 107 Criminal Procedures (required) 5
  Criminal Justice Electived 5
BTEC 120 Applied Business Math (required) OR
MATH 096 Pre-algebra (Pre-req for BTEC 120) 5
  Total Credits 20

Spring Quarter

CJ 109 Community Policing (required) 5
CJ 111 Criminal Justice Ethics(required) 5
CJ& 110 Criminal Law (required) 5
BTEC 120 Applied Business Math (required) OR
  Criminal Justice Elective 5
  Total Credits 20

Summer Quarter

CJ 114 Critical & Current Issues (required) 5
CJ& 112 Criminology 5
H R 110 Human Relations - Workplace 5
  Criminal Justice Elective 5
  Total Credits 20

Fall Quarter

HR 110 Human Relations-Workplace 5
PE 229 Physical Fitness Concepts (required) 3
  Criminal Justice Elective 5
  General Education Electrive 3-5
  Total Credits 16-18

Criminal Justice ATA Credit Distribution:

  • Required Criminal Justice credits for ATA degree = 50
  • Elective Criminal Justice credits for ATA degree = 20
  • Required Credits WRT, MATH, HR, PE for ATA Degree= 18
  • Required General Education credits for ATA degree= 8
  • Total Credits Required for ATA Degree = 96-98
  • Criminal Justice Elective Credits:


    CJ& 105 Intro to Corrections (Fall OL/Fall CR) 5
    CJ 116 Community Corrections (Winter OL/Winter CR) 5
    CJ 126 Homicide Investigation* (Winter CR) 5
    CJ 129 Intro to Victimology (Winter CR/Summer OL) 5
    CJ 130 Domestic Violence & Abuse (Winter CR/Summer OL) 5
    CJ 223 Felony Investigation (Fall OL/Summer CR) 5
    CJ 224 Interview and Interrogation (Fall OL/Winter CR) 5
    CJ 225 Crime Scene Technology* (Spring CR) 5
    CJ 228 Crime Scene Photography* (Spring CR) 5
    CJ& 240 Intro to Forensic Science (Fall CR/ Spring OL) 5
    All Criminal Justice courses (CJ and CJ&) are offered both in the classroom and fully online except those marked with an asterisk.(CJ 126, CJ 225, CJ 228)
    Updated 2014