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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
CJ& 105 Intro to Corrections (CJ elective) 5
MATH 100 Technical Math 5
  Total Credits 20

Winter Quarter (Required courses)

CJ 104 Intro to Law Enforcement (required) 5
CJ 107 Criminal Procedures (required) 5
CJ 224 Interview & Interrogation (CJ elective) 5
COMM 101 Written Communications (distribution requirement) 3
  Total Credits 18

Spring Quarter

CJ 109 Community Policing (required) 5
CJ 111 Criminal Justice Ethics(required) 5
CJ 116 Community Corrections (elective) 5
CJ& 110 Criminal Law (required) 5
P E 229 Personal Fitness (distribution requirement) 3
  Total Credits 23

Summer Quarter (odd yr) or Spring (even yr)

CJ 114 Critical & Current Issues (required) 5
CJ& 106 Juvenile Justice (required) 5
H R 110 Human Relations - Workplace 5
  Total Credits 15
  • Required Criminal Justice credits for ATA degree = 45
  • Elective Criminal Justice credits for ATA degree = 25
  • Required related instruction credits for ATA degree = 16
  • Required CNT 117 and BTEC 210 credits for ATA degree = 7
  • Total Credits Required for ATA Degree = 93
  • Criminal Justice Elective Credits:

    Select 25 credits from the following Criminal Justice program elective:

    CJ& 105 Intro to Corrections 5
    CJ 116 Community Corrections 5
    CJ 126 Homicide Investigation* 5
    CJ 129 Intro to Victimology 5
    CJ 130 Domestic Violence & Abuse 5
    CJ 223 Felony Investigation 5
    CJ 224 Interview and Interrogation 5
    CJ 225 Crime Scene Technology* 5
    CJ 228 Crime Scene Photography* 5
    CJ& 240 Intro to Forensic Science 5
    All Criminal Justice courses (CJ and CJ&) are offered both in the classroom and fully online except those marked with an asterisk.
    (Updated 2013)