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    May 23, 2022  
Catalog 2021-2022 
Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Law Enforcement, AAS

No. of Credits: 60
Contact: Anthony Stout, Acting Chair, Business
William Moroney, Program Coordinator

This associate of applied science degree enables students to qualify for positions as police, security, or corrections officers and also serves those already in the field who wish to update or advance their skills. People working in the field of criminal justice and security management must know how to interact with other agencies, work well with people on a daily basis, communicate clearly in writing and orally, work with data, investigate and present cases in court or to management, and plan and organize agency operations. This program prepares students for these challenges plus many more they will confront on a daily basis. The criminal justice and security fields are among the fastest growing, professional career areas worldwide. Cooperative education is available in this program.

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

Education and Public Service Pathway

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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.

Biological/physical sciences (3 credits)


Criminal Justice (3 credits)


  • CJS Courses

Arts/humanities (3 credits)


Electives (3 credits)


  • Course numbered 1001 and above 

Criminal Justice (3 credits)


  • CJS Courses

Communication (3 credits)


Elective (3 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)