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Associates Degree in Criminal Justice Degree Requirements

The Associates Degree in Criminal Justice curriculum consists of 60-credits (20 courses). If you don't have prior college experience, we welcome your application. However, if you are a graduate from an approved law enforcement training academy, the program is especially useful in terms of advancing in your law enforcement career. 

  • Transfer up to 36 credits
  • Courses are available on campus and online

Required Major Course Descriptions

CRJ 0150 - The Criminal Justice System

An overview of the criminal justice system: an investigative look into the agencies of social control including law enforcement, corrections, and the courts. To include a brief discussion of crime causation in order to identify methods of crime control.


CRJ 0200 - Substantive Criminal & Procedural Law

This course examines American crime problems from a historical perspective, examines crime causation, social and public policy factors affecting crime, the impact of crime and crime trends, social characteristics of specific crimes, and the prevention of crime.


CRJ 0220 - Juvenile Delinquency

This course discusses the history, development, and policy of the juvenile justice system. Understanding theories along with biological, and psychological factors that contribute to juvenile delinquent behavior are covered through discussion of targeting, preventing, redirecting, and controlling delinquent behaviors. Topics also include punishment vs. rehabilitation, intervention strategies, youth gangs, and substance abuse issues.


CRJ 0245 - Criminology

This course offers an interdisciplinary, scientific approach related to the study of criminal behaviors. Includes an introduction to the organization of the criminal justice system; theories of crime causation; crime typologies; research methods utilized to collect and analyze crime trends; and analysis of the crime trend statistics themselves.


CRJ 0260 - Criminal Investigations

This is an applied course relating to conducting criminal investigations. This course examines the history, theories, and problems of criminal investigations. What really needs to be done to solve the case? Topics to include identifying, collecting, and processing physical evidence; understanding the relative value of the evidence as it is applied to a specific case; conducting interviews and interrogations. Successful criminal investigations rely on an analytical process to uncover and sort evidence and information to determine what occurred.


CRJ 0290 - Women in the Criminal Justice System

This course examines the roles of women in the criminal justice system. The topics of women as victims, offenders, and practitioners in the field of criminal justice will be examined. A theoretical and pragmatic approach will be applied to those crimes, which have a greater impact on females in society, such as rape, prostitution, and domestic abuse. The evolving role of women as professionals in the field of criminal justice will be explored. Also considered will be societal views and the role of the media concerning these issues.


Major Elective Course Descriptions

(choose two lower-division courses)

CRJ 0210 - Introduction to Law Enforcement

This course provides an overview and analysis of the American system of law enforcement, examining the origins, development, roles, and operations of policing in modern democratic society. Students will develop a detailed understanding of the issues involved in policing a democratic society and will examine critical issues and new advances in law enforcement.


CRJ 0217 - Introduction to Corrections

This course is designed to introduce students to the field of corrections, providing an overview of the issues involved in the American corrections system from the beginning to the present day. Students will learn about practices based on philosophies of retribution, deterrence, and rehabilitation. The course emphasizes the role of sociology and other interdisciplinary approaches to the field of corrections and society’s response.


CRJ 0230 - Drugs, Crime, and Society

Explores how drugs and crime are interrelated issues and how these issues affect society. The development and implementation of laws pertaining to prescription and non-prescription use and abuse. Discussions of drug courts and drug treatment approaches are discussed. What are the real effects that chemical dependency has on our society?


CRJ 0235 - Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections

This course presents probation as a judicial process and parole as a community function. Also discussed are the role of the probation/parole officer; pre-sentence investigation; selection, supervision, and release of probationers and parolees. A historical review of trends in probation and parole such as halfway houses, work release programs and parole clinics; reintegration of offenders in society; and future trends are explored.


CRJ 0240 - Organized and White-Collar Crime

The history and organization of organized crime in America: from neighborhood gangs to large scale, sophisticated organizations like the Cosa Nostra. Recruitment, activities (drugs, prostitution, protection, extortion, gun running, etc.), codes, inter/intra-organization rivalry, law enforcement evasion, and criminal justice system responses. A closer look at the proliferation of violence and escalating weaponry; the financial, moral, and social impact on society; interaction with legitimate organizations and infiltration; predicting the future demographic immigration patterns.


CRJ 0250 - Sexual Offenses, Offenders, and Victims

Types and definitions of sexual offenses; typologies, causations, assessment, and treatment of offenders: and care and treatment of sex crimes. Monitoring issues. Juvenile vs. adult sexual offenders.


CRJ 0265 - Introduction to Homeland Security

This course provides the student with an overview of homeland security. Major themes and issues considered essential for understanding homeland security including border security, threat analysis, critical infrastructure, planning, preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery are analyzed and critiqued by students.


CRJ  0280 - Understanding Terrorism and the Criminal Justice System

This course reveals how terrorists and their operations differ from other criminal offenders and analyze the difference between domestic and international terrorism. An exploration of conducting terrorism investigations is presented from start to finish, including the collection of physical, digital, and cyber evidence. The concept of the Jihad, other religious fundamentalist movements, and indigenous terrorist groups are discussed as well as the media’s impact.  

Various threats to our homeland, including conventional chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats, as well as mitigation/ prevention strategies are discussed. A legal perspective is provided to explain the constitutional rights of not only the accused, but of innocent civilians with regard to privacy, surveillance, search & seizure, interviews/interrogations, and due process. 


General Education - 36 credits

In addition to meeting the course requirements and electives listed above, all students must also fulfill 36 credits of General Education requirements.