Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology
Description and Outcomes
The Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology program provides a foundation in criminological, sociological, and psychological theories. Applied knowledge, technical skills, and communication abilities gained within this program offers you the ability to pursue or advance your career in a wide range of positions in the field of criminal justice, including law enforcement, criminological research, crime analysis, the courts, adult and juvenile justice, and public safety.
If you seek a practice-based program, the Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology is designed to enhance your qualifications to help you pursue more challenging responsibilities in criminal justice agencies and corporations. Upon graduation, you may seek employment opportunities in various criminal justice environments such as law enforcement, courts, adult and juvenile corrections, corporate security, public safety, loss prevention, private protective services or investigations, or community-based programs and services. It should be noted that some positions may require additional academy training and experience.
The Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology program consists of a minimum of 90 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded an associate of applied science degree.
- Criminological Theory: Demonstrate an understanding of biological, sociological, and psychological theories of crime causation and discipline-specific evaluations of human behavior.
- Research Methods: Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and social research designs used in criminological research.
- Policy and Procedure: Examine the interdisciplinary (psychological, sociological, and biological) foundations of criminological theory as applied to criminal justice practice, policy, and procedure.
- Law: Apply principles of criminal law to criminal justice practice and understand the civil liabilities of criminal justice agencies and practitioners.
General Education Literacies and Professional Competencies
In addition to the discipline-specific outcomes, general education literacies and professional competencies are integrated throughout your academic program. You can review the general education literacies and professional competencies associated with your academic program in the undergraduate School of General Education section of this Catalog.
|CM107||College Composition I||5|
|CM220||College Composition II||5|
|Mathematics (select one of the following):||5|
|Survey of Mathematics|
|Total Core Requirements||15|
|CJ100||Preparing for a Career in Public Safety||5|
|CJ101||Introduction to the Criminal Justice System||5|
|CJ110||Introduction to Crime Analysis||5|
|CJ140||Introduction to Constitutional Law||5|
|CJ200||Fundamentals of Psychological Profiling||5|
|CJ233||Introduction to Forensic Psychology||5|
|CJ266||Deviance and Violence||5|
|CJ289||Associate's Capstone in Criminal Justice and Criminology||5|
|Total Major Requirements||50|
|Open Elective Requirements|
|Total Open Elective Requirements||25|