Criminal Justice Program
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG095 or placement and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
College Writing II ENG112 3 ENG111
Principles of Sociology SOC101 satisfies Area 2 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
World View From Area 3 satisfied by program
Quantitative Thought From Area 4-see note** 3-4 MAT097 or Placement
Science and Technology From Area 5 4
Humanities From Area 6 3
CONCENTRATION COURSES
Introduction to Criminal Justice CRJ101 satisfies LCS requirement 3 ENG095 or placement and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Criminal Law CRJ103 3 ENG095 or placement and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Introduction to Corrections CRJ107 3 ENG095 or placement and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Criminal Investigations CRJ208 3 ENG111, CRJ101, CRJ103 or Instructor permission
Management for Criminal Justice CRJ201 3 ENG111, CRJ101, CRJ103 or Instructor permission
Evidence and Court Procedure CRJ202 3 ENG111, CRJ101, CRJ103 and CRJ208 or Instructor permission
Principles of Psychology PSY101 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Criminology SOC207 3 PSY101 or SOC101
State/Local Politics GOV103 3 ESL098 or RDG095 and ENG095 or placement
Oral Communication ENG171 3
Career Elective see note* 3
Career Elective see note* 3
Career Elective see note* 3
Career Elective see note* 3
Total Credits 61-62

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*Note: Select the career elective from CRJ courses.
**Note: The Department strongly recommends Statistics I (MAT181) for students planning to earn a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice.

Program Overview

The Criminal Justice Program provides academically rigorous education to prepare students for careers in security, law enforcement, and corrections. Preparation is also provided for transfer to four-year programs and opportunities for professional development for those already employed in areas that are important in the Criminal Justice field.

In addition to specific content knowledge, students develop critical thinking, technological, cross-cultural and gender competencies, and ethical understanding and communication skills.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this program qualify for entry-level positions in security, law enforcement, and corrections in local, state, and some federal law enforcement agencies.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Meet specific competencies in the following areas: ethics and professional responsibility; applying theory to policy and procedure; community involvement; constitutional issues; correctional institutions and processes; crime, justice and society; criminal justice administration; criminal law; forensics; innovations in police policy and management; issues of race, class, and gender; and researching criminal justice issues. 
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Use a computer to access data and information.