Criminal Justice

The Centralia College Criminal Justice program provides students with an education that emphasizes and instills a genuine spirit of personal integrity, professional ethics, public service, moral courage, honesty and devotion to duty.

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The Criminal Justice program will ensure you have the cutting-edge academic, communication, and problem-solving skills essential for building a career in law enforcement or corrections.

There are two degree options for students - Associate in Technical Arts degree in Criminal Justice and an Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in Criminal Justice. There is also a certificate available in Crime Scence Investigation.

Credits for Work Experience

For adults already working as police officers, deputy sheriffs, or state troopers, Centralia College is the only college or university in Washington to award 45 credits for that work experience in the Criminal Justice Crosswalk Degree program. The Crosswalk program allows law enforcement officers to fast-track their way to an associate degree by aligning the Centralia College curriculum with the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Basic Law Enforcement Academy and the Washington State Patrol Academy training programs.

Career Options CC's curriculum is designed to academically prepare students for careers as peace officers with local or state law enforcement agencies or correctional institutions.

Track 1 - Associate in Technical Arts Education Plan

Emphasis: Criminal Justice
Degree: Associate in Technical Arts
Total Credits: 90-93

Notes for Students - Recommended Electives

  • SPAN& 121 Spanish I - 5 credits
  • PSYC& 100 General Psychology - 5 credits
  • SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology - 5 credits
  • BTEC 100 Keyboarding for Business - 3 credits
  • BTEC 221 Business Communications - 5 credits

Fall Quarter

  • CJ& 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice - 5 credits
  • CJ 103 Constitutional Case Law - 5 credits
  • WRT 105 Writing in the Workplace OR ENGL& 101 English Composition I - 5 credits
  • Criminal Justice Elective - 5 credits

Winter Quarter

  • CJ 104 Introduction to Law Enforcement - 5 credits
  • CJ 107 Criminal Procedures - 5 credits
  • Criminal Justice Elective - 5 credits

Spring Quarter

  • CJ 109 Community Policing - 5 credits
  • CJ& 110 Criminal Law - 5 credits
  • CJ 111 Criminal Justice Ethics - 5 credits
  • Any college-level math course - 5 credits

Summer Quarter

  • CJ& 106 Juvenile Justice - 5 credits
  • CJ& 112 Criminology - 5 credits
  • CJ 204 Reports, Forms, & Affidavits - 5 credits
  • Criminal Justice Elective - 5 credits

Fall Quarter

  • HR 110 Human Relations in the Workplace - 5 credits
  • Health and Fitness Distribution - 3 credits
  • Criminal Justice Elective - 5 credits
  • General Education Elective - 2-5 credits

 

Track 2 - Associate in Arts Education Plan

Degree: Associate in Arts
Emphasis: Criminal Justice

Note for Students

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

Fall Quarter

  • CJ& 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice - 5 credits
  • CJ 105 Introduction to Corrections - 5 credits
  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I - 5 credits

Winter Quarter

  • CJ 104 Introduction to Law Enforcement - 5 credits
  • ENGL& 102 Composition II - 5 credits
  • MATH& 107 Math in Society OR MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics - 5 credits

Spring Quarter

  • CJ& 110 Criminal Law - 5 credits
  • Humanities Distribution - 5 credits
  • Natural Science Distribution - 5 credits

Summer Quarter

  • CJ& 106 Juvenile Justice - 5 credits
  • CJ& 112 Criminology - 5 credits
  • Natural Science Distribution - 5 credits

Fall Quarter

  • Social Science Distribution - 5 credits
  • Humanities Distribution - 5 credits
  • POLS& 202 American Government - 5 credits

Winter Quarter

  • PHIL 103 Introduction to Ethics - 5 credits
  • Natural Science Distribution - 5 credits
  • Social Science Distribution - 5 credits
  • Health and Fitness Distribution - 3 credits

 

Track 3 - Certificate in Criminal Investigation

Degree: Certificate of Proficiency
Emphasis: Criminal Investigation
Total Credits: 55

  • CJ 126 Homicide Investigation - 5 credits
  • CJ 129 Introduction to Victimology - 5 credits
  • CJ 130 Domestic Violence & Abuse - 5 credits
  • CJ 223 Felony Investigations - 5 credits
  • CJ 224 Criminal Interviews & Interrogation - 5 credits
  • CJ 228 Crime Scene Photography - 5 credits
  • CJ& 240 Introduction to Forensic Science - 5 credits
  • BTEC 120 Applied Business Math - 5 credits
  • WRT 105 Writing in the Workplace - 5 credits
  • HR 110 Human Relations in the Workplace - 5 credits