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Criminal Justice Administration, Associate in Arts

Curriculum CJA.CJA.AA (U224A43)

Concentration of courses that prepares students interested in transferring to a four-year school for a bachelor’s degree in Criminal or Social Justice. The courses also provide a background for students interested in law, law enforcement, juvenile work, probation services, parole services, work release or half-way house counseling.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES:

At the successful completion of the Associate in Arts Degree (Criminal Justice Administration) emphasis, the graduate will be able to:

  • demonstrate the fundamental concepts regarding the operation of the American criminal justice system;
  • identify the fundamental elements of law and how they apply to the judicial process;
  • discuss the procedures that must be followed for the enforcement of law, the processing of an individual through the court system, and the treatment of offenders within the correctional system;
  • differentiate between the adult and juvenile criminal justice systems;
  • apply historical and modern-day theories to explain criminal behavior; and
  • develop skills for critical thinking and professional writing.

Semester One:

CJA 111Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 credits

CJA 121Introduction to Corrections

3 credits

RHT 101 #Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I

3 credits

General education/Social and Behavioral Science

3 credits

General education/Physical and Life Science

4-5 credits

Total Credit Hours:16-17

Semester Two:

CJA 181Juvenile Delinquency & Law

3 credits

RHT 102 #Freshman Rhetoric & Composition II

3 credits

 

PSY 100Introduction to Psychology

3 credits

OR

SOC 100Introduction to Sociology

3 credits

 

General education/Humanities and Fine Arts

3 credits

Electives

3-4 credits

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Semester Three:

CJA 219 #Criminal Law I

3 credits

SPE 101 #Principles of Effective Speaking

3 credits

General education/Humanities and Fine Arts

3 credits

General education/Mathematics

3 credits

General education/Physical and Life Science

3-4 credits

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Semester Four:

CJA 201 #Criminology

3 credits

 

HTH 104Science of Personal Health

2 credits

OR

HTH 281First Aid & CPR

2 credits

 

PHL 103Ethics

3 credits

OR

PHL 105World Religions

3 credits

 

General education/Social and Behavioral Science

3 credits

Electives

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:14

Electives: It is recommended that students select a minimum of 20 credits with a counselor from the Criminal Justice Administration area.

(Select courses that meet the BA requirements of your transfer college.)

Suggested General Education and/or Electives:

(Select courses that will meet the BA requirements of your transfer college.)
ECO 102Macroeconomics

3 credits

PHL 103Ethics

3 credits

PSY 100Introduction to Psychology

3 credits

SOC 100Introduction to Sociology

3 credits

SOC 225 #Racial & Cultural Minorities

3 credits

One year of a foreign language sequence

8 credits

Recommended Criminal Justice Administration Courses:

CJA 161Administration of Justice

3 credits

CJA 246 #Laws of Evidence

3 credits

CJA 257 #Law Enforcement Administration

3 credits

CJA 296Special Topics in Criminal Justice

0.5 - 4 credits

General education requirements:

AA degree

Total Credit Hours:37-40

Criminal Justice courses or other electives for AA degree

Total Credit Hours:20-23

See CJA course descriptions.

See Associate in Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration for more information. Also available are certificates in Corrections, Law Enforcement and Private Security.

Coordinator: Gregory Catena, Ext. 3327

General Education electives must be selected from the AA Degree Requirements and must adhere to the requirements of the Illinois Articulation Initiative for graduation if planning to transfer within Illinois. Students are required to select at least one course from Humanities and one course from Fine Arts, a Physical and a Life Science, and courses in Social and Behavior Sciences from at least two disciplines*. See catalog with AA Degree Requirements for required hours and number of courses in each discipline.

*discipline: a subject or field of activity, for example, an academic subject