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Criminal Justice Administration, Associate in Science

This 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 provides a background for students interested in law, law enforcement, juvenile work, probation services, parole services, work release or halfway house counseling.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Associate in Science (Criminal Justice Administration) program, 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;
  • explain the progression of technology and forensics in criminal justice;
  • apply historical and modern-day theories to explain criminal behavior; and
  • develop skills for critical thinking and professional writing.

Placement Measures

Program Map for Full-Time Students

Semester One: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
CJA 111Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

CJA 121Introduction to Corrections

3

RHT 101Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I #

3

General education/Physical and Life Science

4-5 credits

Note: Grade of “C” or higher is an IAI requirement for RHT 101 and RHT 102.

General education/Social or Behavioral Science (choose one from the following):

Course NumberTitleCredits
PSY 100Introduction to Psychology

3

SOC 100Introduction to Sociology

3

Total Credit Hours:16-17

Semester Two: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
CJA 181Juvenile Delinquency & Law

3

RHT 102Freshman Rhetoric & Composition II #

3

General education/Life Sciences

3 credits

General education/Social and Behavioral Science

3 credits

Electives

3-4 credits

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Note: Grade of “C” or higher is an IAI requirement for RHT 101 and RHT 102.

Semester Three: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
CJA 219Criminal Law I

3

SPE 101Principles of Effective Speaking #

3

General education/Humanities and Fine Arts

1 credit

General education/Mathematics

3 credits

General education/Physical and Life Science

3-4 credits

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Semester Four: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
CJA 201Criminology #

3 credits

 

HTH 104Science of Personal Health

2 credits

OR

HTH 281First Aid CPR AED

2 credits

 

General education/Fine Arts

3 credits

General education/Mathematics

3 credits

Electives

3-4 credits

Total Credit Hours:14-15

GECC Note: Take one additional Humanities or Fine Arts and one additional Social and Behavioral Science course, to be eligible for the General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) Credential.

Note: If program elective hours are needed, BUS 107, Microsoft Office in Business Applications is recommended.

Suggested General Education and/or Electives:

Course NumberTitleCredits
ECO 102Macroeconomics

3

PHL 103Ethics

3

PSY 100Introduction to Psychology

3

SOC 100Introduction to Sociology

3

SOC 225Racial and Cultural Minorities

3

Recommended Criminal Justice Administration Courses:

Course NumberTitleCredits
CJA 161Administration of Justice

3

CJA 246Laws of Evidence #

3

CJA 257Law Enforcement Administration #

3

CJA 296Special Topics in Criminal Justice

0.5 - 4

Note: It is recommended that students select a minimum of 20 elective credits from the Criminal Justice Administration area.

(Select courses that meet the BS requirements of your transfer college. Foreign Language encouraged if transferring.)

See Associate in Science Graduation Requirements: https://triton.smartcatalogiq.com/?sc_itemid=%7B14C9AD6A-03EF-4283-8166-37F825DA60CD%7D&sc_mode=preview&sc_lang=en

See CJA course descriptions

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

Chairperson: Gregory Catena, Ext. 3327