Professional Studies AS – Criminal Justice Option

Code: AS.PS.CRIMJ

The Criminal Justice option prepares students to transfer into the junior year of a baccalaureate program in criminal justice or a related area.  It provides a balanced and comprehensive overview of the nature and structure of the criminal justice system.  Students will develop competency in interpersonal and group interactions.   Career opportunities include Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement agencies, Federal, State Court/Judiciary, Federal, State, County and Private Correctional facilities, Corporate and Private Security firms.

Program Learning Outcomes 

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the functions, interrelationships, and processes of the criminal justice components.
  • State and support opinions on critical issues and problems facing the criminal justice system.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the philosophy, history, and application of law related to the criminal justice system.
  • Describe and analyze the theories of causation and impact of crime.

Career Pathways

Private Security Specialist  Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administrator  Security And Loss Prevention Specialist 
Customs Agent  Parole Officer  Law Enforcement Record Keeper
Law Enforcement: Investigator or Intelligence Analyst     

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

  Free Elective** - Recommended: IST-123 3
  Social Science Elective* - Recommended: PSY-101, SOC-101 3
COM  Communication Elective: COM-100 or COM-102  3
CRJ-101Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Second Semester

  Natural Science Elective* 4
  Humanities Elective* - Recommended: HIS-111, HIS-112 3
WRT-201English Composition II

3

CRJ-107Criminology

3

CRJ-113The Juvenile Justice Process

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Third Semester

  Mathematics Elective - Recommended: MAT-150 3
  Humanities Electives - Recommended: Philosophy and Religion (PHR) 6
  Social Science Elective 3
CRJ... Choose CRJ-105 or CRJ-110    3
Total Credit Hours:15

Fourth Semester


Natural Science Elective* 4
  Free Elective - Recommended: CRJ-109, CRJ-108 3
CRJ-103Criminal Law

3

CRJ-201Ethics in Criminal Justice

3

INF-102Introduction to Computing

1

Total Credit Hours:14

General Education Requirements

Communication

COM... Choose COM-100 or COM-102 3
WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:9

Humanities Electives*

Two general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than one course in any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN).

Total Credit Hours:6

Social Science Elective*

One general education course selected from the following fields: Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANT).

Total Credit Hours:3

Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology Electives*

Select [one 3-credit general education course in Mathematics (MAT) AND a 1-credit general education course in Information Technology (INF-102)]
OR
Select one 4-credit general education course in Mathematics (MAT) 

4
Two general education courses from the following fields: BIO, CHM, PHY 8
Total Credit Hours:12

Total Credit Hours: 30

Program Requirements

  Social Science  3
  Humanities 3
CRJ...  Choose CRJ-105 or CRJ-110
 3
CRJ-101Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

CRJ-113The Juvenile Justice Process

3

CRJ-103Criminal Law

3

CRJ-107Criminology

3

CRJ-201Ethics in Criminal Justice

3

Total Credit Hours:24

Free Elective**

Recommended: CRJ-109 or CRJ-108

Total Credit Hours:6

Total Credit Hours: 60

Specific Program Notes

Students are encouraged to take their courses in semester sequence order.

Please note that required courses may have prerequisites. Click on each course to view details.

*General Education Elective(s)

** IST-123 will fulfill 3 Free Elective credits for students who place into the course.