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Criminal Justice Administration, Associate in Science

Curriculum CJA.CJA.AS (U230A43)

This concentration of courses 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 halfway house counseling.

Semester One

Course NumberTitleCredits
CJA 111Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 credits

CJA 121Introduction to Corrections

3 credits

RHT 101Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I #

3 credits

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 credits

SOC 100Introduction to Sociology

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:16-17

Semester Two

Course NumberTitleCredits
CJA 181Juvenile Delinquency & Law

3 credits

RHT 102Freshman Rhetoric & Composition II #

3 credits

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

Course NumberTitleCredits
CJA 219Criminal Law I

3 credits

SPE 101Principles of Effective Speaking #

3 credits

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

Course NumberTitleCredits
CJA 201Criminology #

3 credits

 

HTH 104Science of Personal Health

2 credits

OR

HTH 281First Aid CPR AED

1 credit

 

General education/Fine Arts

3 credits

General education/Mathematics

3 credits

Electives

3-4 credits

Total Credit Hours:14-15

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

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.

Suggested General Education and/or Electives:

Course NumberTitleCredits
ECO 102Macroeconomics

3 credits

PHL 103Ethics

3 credits

PSY 100Introduction to Psychology

3 credits

SOC 100Introduction to Sociology

3 credits

SOC 225Racial and Cultural Minorities

3 credits

One year of a foreign language sequence

8 credits

Recommended Criminal Justice Administration Courses:

Course NumberTitleCredits
CJA 161Administration of Justice

3 credits

CJA 246Laws of Evidence #

3 credits

CJA 257Law Enforcement Administration #

3 credits

CJA 296Special Topics in Criminal Justice

0.5 - 4 credits

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

Graduation Requirements

General Education requirements:

AS degree                                                                         Subtotal: 37-41

Criminal Justice Administration courses or other
electives toward the AS degree                             Subtotal: 19-23

General Education requirements by discipline:

  • Communications: Three courses (nine semester hours).
  • Humanities and Fine Arts: Two courses (six semester hours), with at least one course selected from Humanities and at least one course from the Fine Arts;
  • Social and Behavioral Science: two courses (six semester credits), with courses selected from at least two disciplines.

    Graduation from an Illinois college or university requires satisfactory completion of one or more courses incorporating Human Diversity, which may be taken as a Humanities and Fine Arts or Social and Behavioral Science course.

  • Mathematics: Two courses (six to nine semester hours).
  • Physical and Life Science: Three courses (10-11 semester hours), with at least one course selected from the Life Sciences and one course from the Physical Sciences and including at least one laboratory course.

Foreign Language encouraged if transferring to a four-year institution.

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