Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice Associate in Science degree program focuses on individuals who may elect to enter the criminal justice profession, professionals already employed in the field that wish to advance their careers, and students that want to continue their education at the baccalaureate level.

The program provides an interdisciplinary field of study that examines all facets of the criminal justice system, from law enforcement with an emphasis on community policing, to the courts and correctional theories. Career choices may include the fields of law enforcement, court support services, probation, corrections, parole, victim and other human related services.


Upon completion of the program, the student should be able to:

  1. Explain the roles and functions of the criminal-justice system and its subordinate agencies in a democratic society
  2. Summarize theories of the nature of crime, the causes of criminal behavior and the methods of treating and preventing crime
  3. Apply constitutional principles that protect the rights of citizens and regulate criminal-justice agencies
  4. Research current criminal justice topics and issues and apply them to operational activities
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to the moral, ethical, and legal obligations of criminal justice professionals
  6. Explain the basic principles of human dignity, human rights, and multiculturalism; and demonstrate a personal commitment to the advancement of these principles
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the different agencies in the criminal justice system and their relationships with community-based services.

Further, program graduates will possess the following skills to facilitate the fair and effective operation of the criminal justice system:

  1. Express ideas effectively, ethically and responsibly through written and oral communication
  2. Comprehend information presented in written or spoken form
  3. Utilize critical thinking and problem solving skills to formulate, present, and defend logical arguments
  4. Understand and apply mathematical and scientific reasoning in solving problems
  5. Work effectively as a team member to achieve a common goal while exhibiting integrity and character
  6. Utilize criminal statutes, their application and enforcement in conjunction with investigative procedures and techniques
  7. Demonstrate civic responsibility, appreciate the value of diversity, commit to life-long learning and be willing to support positive change to solve current
    social problems
  8. Have the knowledge and skills to obtain entry-level employment in the criminal justice field, and/or gain admission to a criminal justice program
    at a four-year institution
CJS* 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice  3
ENG* 101 Composition  3
MAT* 137
MAT* 167
Intermediate Algebra OR
Statistics with Technology
PSY* 111 General Psychology I  3
PHL* 111 Ethics  3
 ENG* 102 Composition and Literature  3
POL* 111
POL* 112
American Government OR
State and Local Government
SOC* 101 Principles of Sociology  3
CJS* 102 Introduction to Corrections  3
CJS* 120 Police and the Community  3
COM* 173 Public Speaking  3
PSY* 105
PSY* 245
Group Dynamics OR
Abnormal Psychology
BIO* 115 Human Biology  4
CJS* 211 Criminal Law  3
 ___ ___ Free Elective (CJS Elective preferred)  3
SOC* 117
PSY* 253
Minorities in the U.S. OR
Multicultural Issues in Psychology
CJS* 210 Constitutional Law  3
CJS* 201 Criminology  3
 ___ ___ Fine Arts Elective  3
 ___ ___ Free Elective  3
The symbol (†) indicates a prerequisite needs to be met
Please refer to the Course Descriptions section.

Criminal Justice Electives (may be used for free electives above)
CJS* 202 Juvenile Delinquency
CJS* 220 Criminal Investigation
CJS* 225 Forensic Science
CJS* 290 Supervised Field Placement in Criminal Justice
CJS* 280 Victimology
CJS* 294 Contemporary Issues in Policing
CJS *298 Special Topics in Criminal Justice


Arthur Kureczka
Program Coordinator
Criminal Justice
Room 1109
(860) 906-5178

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