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Criminal Justice Administration, Associate in Applied Science

Curriculum CJA.CJA.AAS (C243A)

The American system of Criminal Justice is comprised of three major components: law enforcement, courts and correctional systems at community, county, state and federal levels.

Criminal Justice Administration is a comprehensive field with career opportunities in several areas: law enforcement; probation, parole and corrections; social-justice services; and security and loss prevention. Prepares students for careers in public and private agencies in the social and criminal justice system. The two-year program includes the study of contemporary and advanced problems in modern law enforcement, as well as criminal justice systems, administration, criminal laws and procedures, police and community relations, and criminalistics.

Students who wish to become probation, parole or corrections officers will receive the necessary foundation through this program. The study of law, social and justice agencies, and criminal offenders is included, with emphasis on corrections.

Study of careers in the social-justice services includes such agencies as the Department of Children and Family Services, Public Aid, Corrections, and psychiatric and medical agencies.

Private Security is an emerging career field in need of personnel with qualified credentials. The Criminal Justice program provides courses to prepare students for entry-level security, armed and unarmed. Areas of employment include corporate, industrial and homeland security, hospital, airline, bank, railroad, as well as college and university security.

Students planning additional study at a four-year college or university should enroll in the Associate in Science (CJA.CJA.AS (U230A43)) or the Associate in Arts degree programs (CJA.CJA.AA, (U224A43), which requires a concentration of general education courses combined with selected core criminal justice courses and electives.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES:

At the successful completion of the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration program, the graduate will be able to:

  • demonstrate the fundamental concepts regarding the operation of the criminal justice system in the United States;
  • identify the fundamental elements of law and how they apply to the judicial process;
  • discuss the procedures for the enforcement of law, the processing of an individual through the courts system, and the treatment of offenders within the correctional system;
  • recognize the differences between the adult and juvenile criminal justice systems;
  • apply historical and modern day theories to explain criminal behavior;
  • demonstrate professional competencies to meet the needs of career opportunities and requirements for employment in the disciplines of the criminal justice system; and
  • develop skills for critical thinking and professional writing.

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Semester One

CJA 111Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 credits

CJA 121Introduction to Corrections

3 credits

CJA 148Police/Community Relations

3 credits

CJA 161Administration of Justice

3 credits

RHT 101 #Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Semester Two

CJA 171Patrol Administration

3 credits

CJA 175Report Writing for Criminal Justice

3 credits

CJA 181Juvenile Delinquency & Law

3 credits

 

RHT 102 #Freshman Rhetoric & Composition II

3 credits

OR

SPE 101 #Principles of Effective Speaking

3 credits

 

Electives

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

RHT 101◊, SPE 101◊: Students must complete either RHT 101◊ and SPE 101◊, or RHT 101◊ with RHT 102◊. Students interested in transferring are encouraged to complete all three courses: RHT 101◊, RHT 102◊ and SPE 101◊ to meet university requirements.

Semester Three

CJA 201 #Criminology

3 credits

CJA 219 #Criminal Law I

3 credits

CJA 257 #Law Enforcement Administration

3 credits

General education/Mathematics and/or Science

3-4 credits

 

General education/Social and Behavioral Science

3 credits

PSY 100Introduction to Psychology

3 credits

OR

SOC 100Introduction to Sociology

3 credits

Choose from:

PSY 100Introduction to Psychology

3 credits

OR

SOC 100Introduction to Sociology

3 credits

 

General education/Mathematics and/or Science

3-4 credits

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Semester Four

CJA 236 #Criminal Law II

3 credits

CJA 241Traffic Enforcement & Administration

3 credits

CJA 246 #Laws of Evidence

3 credits

CJA 290 #Criminal Justice Capstone

3 credits

 

PHL 103Ethics

3 credits

OR

PHL 105World Religions

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Total Credit Hours: 60-61

See CJA course descriptions.

See Humanities and Mathematics and/or Science General Education requirements.

Recommended electives (3): CJA 106◊, CJA 107◊, CJA 115◊, CJA 116◊, CJA 117◊, CJA 118◊, CJA 125◊, CJA 127◊, CJA 131◊, CJA 140CJA 166◊, CJA 205◊, CJA 296◊, CJA 298◊, CIS 100◊, CIS 101◊; CWE 290◊, CWE 291◊; PED 106◊, PED 120◊; SOC 131◊, SOC 225◊; PHL 101◊, PHL 103

Note: Upon petition, students successfully completing professional-training courses sponsored or sanctioned by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board, or an equivalent accrediting agency, may receive up to 24 hours of credit. All documentation, including official transcripts, course descriptions, and course outlines, will be reviewed by the program coordinator to determine the number of hours of credit to be granted toward the Associate in Applied Science degree or certificate.

Coordinator: Gregory Catena, Ext. 3327