Criminal Justice Associate in Applied Science

General Requirements: Total Hours: 62 • Minimum GPA: 2.0
Program Description: This Criminal Justice Program allows students to gain knowledge which will enhance their opportunity to become employed in a criminal justice career with a specialty in one of the following areas: Corrections or General Studies in Criminal Justice.

General Education Requirements:    18 hours
Area Min. Hours Course Code Course Description
Communications 6 ENGL 1113 English Composition I
    ENGL 1213 or ENGL    2033 English Composition II or Technical Writing and Reporting
Social Science 6 HIST 1483 or HIST 1493 U.S. HIST to 1877 or U.S. HIST 1877-Pres
    POLS 1113 U.S. Government 
Selected Gen Ed Requirements 6 PSY    1113 Elements of Psychology
    SOC    1113 Introduction to Sociology
Technical-Occupational Specialty and Support Courses:   44 hours
Students must take the 13-credit hour core technical-occupational course sequence and select one 31-credit hour option area from:
(Requirements for each option are listed below.)
Corrections - Plan of Study
General Studies in Criminal Justice
Core Technical-Occupational Courses (required for all option areas):   13 hours
Criminal Justice 9 CJ    1113 Introduction to Criminal Justice
    CJ    2313 Criminal Law
    CJ    2443 Criminal Law and Procedures
Fitness 3 HPER    1553 Lifetime Fitness and Management 
Institutional Requirement 1 COL    1111 College Success
Technical-Occupational Specialty Option Area Courses:   31 hours
Corrections Option: This Associate in Applied Science program option is for the student who desires a career in Corrections.
Criminal Justice 12 CJ    1253 American Corrections System
    CJ    2353 Administration of Correctional Institutions
    CJ    2433 Community and Cultural Diversity
    CJ    2453 Probation and Parole
Criminal Justice Electives 9-12 CJ Any other CJ course not previously selected
Sociology 3-6 SOC Any other SOC course not previously selected
Support Electives 4 Courses from student’s area of interest
*Need Program Advisor Approval
General Studies in Criminal Justice Option: This Associate in Applied Science program option is constructed for the student desiring a career in a generic criminal justice field.
Criminal Justice 21 CJ Any CJ course not previously selected
Sociology 6 SOC Any SOC course not previously selected
Support Electives 4 Courses from student’s area of interest

Criminal Justice: Corrections Plan of Study


Plan of Study

Course Code Course Description Hours
Freshman 1st Semester
ENGL 1113* English Composition I 3
HIST 1483 or HIST 1493* U.S. HIST to 1877 or U.S. HIST 1877-Pres 3
CJ 1113 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
COL 1111 College Success 1
HPER 1553 Lifetime Fitness & Management 3
Total 13
Freshman 2nd Semester
ENGL 1213* English Composition II 3
POLS 1113* U.S. Government 3
SOC 1113 Introduction to Sociology 3
CJ 2353 Administration of Correctional Inst. 3
Criminal Justice Elective   3
Criminal Justice Elective   3
Total 18
Sophomore 1st Semester
CJ 1253 American Corrections System 3
CJ Elective       3
CJ 2453 Probation, Parole & Community Treatment 3
CJ 2313 Criminal Law 3
SOC 2173 or SOC 2183*** Sociology of the Family or Prob. in Sociology 3
Total 15
Sophomore 2nd Semester
CJ Elective Drugs & Society 3
CJ 2433 Community Culture & Diversity 3
PSY 1113 Elements of Psychology 3
CJ 2443   Criminal Law & Procedure 3
Support Elective Course from student's area of interest 4
Total 16

NOTE:  * = General Education Requirement ** = Program Core Requirement and *** = Option Requirement

Program Outcomes

The criminal justice program provides students with an understanding of the nature of crime and the personnel, institutions and process that prevent or respond to crime. Students learn both the theory and practice of the criminal justice system. The curriculum covers crime and criminal behavior, law enforcement, courts, and corrections. It provides a solid foundation for further study or entry into a variety of criminal justice professions.  Students must obtain an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher for successful degree completion. 

Intended Program Outcomes 

  • Explain the structure of the American criminal justice system in terms of its major components (i.e., police, courts, and corrections) and the functions they serve.  
  • Measured by effectively communicating thru reading and writing assignments as well as exams. 
  • Communicate in writing to express solutions in criminal justice topics. 

Measured by completing writing assignments that demonstrate effective critical thinking to identifying and defining problems and then formulating conclusions based upon reading assignments.  

  • Apply critical thinking skills to analyze and solve a variety of complex problems in the criminal justice environment. Assess the philosophy, theories, policies, practices, processes, and reforms of the criminal justice system

Measured thru completion of writing assignments and exams as well as a series of class discussions. 

  • Use technology to develop specialized technical knowledge and skills relevant to the field of criminal justice. (computer & writing skills)

Measured by demonstrating basic technology skills for class success, i.e. computer, research, on-line discussions.

  • Review the major historical and contemporary issues facing the criminal justice system including events, information, programs, policies, and concepts that affect the operation of criminal justice agencies as well as issues of society ethnic and gender diversity. 

Measured by reading and writing assignments as well as exams.