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    Apr 23, 2024  
Catalog 2020-2021 
Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Studies: Criminal Justice, AA

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No. of Credits: 60-61
Contact: Bernice Brezina, Chair, Business, Technology, and Public Service Division;
William Moroney, Program Coordinator

The criminal justice program option is designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution and to complete a bachelor’s degree in criminology, criminal justice, or a related field. It prepares students who plan to ultimately serve the community on a local, state, or national level in the fields of law enforcement, parole and probation, juvenile justice, corrections, or criminal justice research.

The maximum number of credits accepted in transfer from other institutions to this program is 45.

Career Opportunities:

federal, state, and local law enforcement officers, federal and state parole/probation officers, federal, state, and local corrections officers, private security

Transfer Options:

A complete list of all transfer opportunities can be found on the Transfer Services page

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will

  1. Identify and explain the various components of the criminal justice system.
  2. Identify and discuss contemporary problems, issues, and legal requirements that confront criminal justice agencies.
  3. Propose remedies for operations, administration, and personnel in criminal justice agencies.
  4. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and demonstrate basic knowledge of information technology as applied to criminal justice research and practice.
  5. Demonstrate their knowledge of the nature, causes, treatment and prevention of crime from a physiological, psychological, and sociological perspective.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to critically analyze and evaluate criminal justice policies and programs to reduce crime.

Required Courses and Recommended Sequence:

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program. College Prep and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Course availability within the program sequences is specifically intended for full-time students who begin their course work with the fall semester. Students should always consult their online program evaluation or an academic advisor to better understand typical course availability and individual program planning.

Criminal Justice (3 credits)


  • CJS Courses

Arts/humanities (3 credits)


Biological/physical sciences (4 credits)

Acceptable (lecture and matching lab):

Communication (3 credits)


Social/behavioral sciences (3 credits)


  • See Gen Ed  Listing except SOC

Criminal Justice (3 credits)


  • CJS courses

Electives (8-9 credits)


  • Courses numbered 1001 and above


* Courses requiring a prerequisite or co-requisite   

****Pending MHEC approval

Course Indicators: English Composition (E), Arts (A), Cultural and Global Awareness (C), Humanities (H), Biological/Physical Sciences (S), Social/Behavioral Sciences (B), Mathematics (M)

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