Associate in Science Degree

Students interested in careers in law enforcement,corrections, security, and the court system should consider this program.  The Associate in Science degree will allow a student to pursue a career immediately upon completion or transfer to a four year institution. This degree program provides preparation for career opportunities in criminal justice and for the continuation of education at a four-year college or university. The curriculum examines police science, law, judicial studies, and corrections.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental concepts requisite for successful entry into a career in the field of Criminal Justice.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the constitutional, administrative, organizational and procedural variables used in the Criminal Justice system to serve the community.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the Federal, State, and Local court rulings and statutes and organizational policies and procedures pertaining to adult and juvenile offenders.
  4. Apply federal, state, and municipal laws and ordinances to criminal and traffic cases.
  5. Analyze contemporary criminal justice efforts in identifying and resolving sociological and other variables affecting agencies and individuals within the Criminal Justice system.
  6. Analyze the variables contributing to and impacting the United States Criminal Justice system on American society.

Graduation Checklist

Criminal Justice Degree – Graduation Checklist

A Graduation Checklist is a printable list of course requirements you will use when you meet with your academic advisor each semester.  The checklist helps you keep track of your progress from when you first enter MxCC to when you are ready to graduate.

Criminal Justice by Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements 33-35 Credits
++ Art Elective 3
CSC*101 Introduction to Computers 3
+ ENG*101 Composition 3
ENG*110 Intro. to Literature
or + COM*173 Public Speaking
3
History Elective 3
Mathematics Elective (MAT*104 or higher)++++ 3-4
PSY*111 General Psychology I 3
Science Elective (Biology, Chemistry, Environ. Science, Physical Science, Physics) 3-4
POL*111 American Government
or POL*112 State and Local Government
3
+ SOC*101 Principles of Sociology 3
SOC*240 Criminology 3
Criminal Justice Program Requirements 15 Credits
CJS*101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJS*294 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice 3
CJS*213 Evidence and Criminal Procedure 3
CJS*211 Criminal Law I 3
+++ CJS*290 Practicum in Criminal Justice
or+++ CJS*252 Professional Development Leadership
3
Directed Electives ++ Up to 15 Credits
CJS*151 Criminal Justice Supervision & Administration 3
CJS*220 Criminal Investigation 3
+++ CJS*225 Forensic Science 3
CJS*255 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice 3
CJS*298 Special Topics 3
12
 Total credits:
 60-62

Criminal Justice by Semester

Full-time students should follow the four-semester sequence listed below in order to graduate from this program in two years.

First Semester 15-16 Credits
CJS*101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
+ ENG*101 Composition ++++ 3
+ SOC*101 Principles of Sociology 3
History Elective 3
Mathematics Elective (MAT*104 or higher) ++++ 3-4
Second Semester 15 Credits
CJS*213 Evidence and Criminal Procedure 3
SOC*240 Criminology 3
POL*111 American Government
or POL*112 State and Local Government
3
CJS*211 Criminal Law 3
ENG*110 Introduction to Literature
or + COM*173 Public Speaking
3
Third Semester 15-16 Credits
CJS*294 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice 3
++ CJS*220 Criminal Investigation (Directed Elective) 3
PSY*101 General Psychology I 3
+++ CJS*225 Forensic Science (Directed Elective) 3
Science Elective 3-4
Fourth Semester 15 Credits
++ CJS*151 Criminal Justice Supervision & Administration (Directed Elective) 3
CSC*101 Introduction to Computers 3
++ CJS*255 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice Leadership (Directed Elective) 3
++ Art Elective 3
+++ CJS*290 Practicum in Criminal Justice or 3
CJS*252 Professional Development Leadership 3
 Total credits:
 60-62

Note: In addition to the Directed Electives listed above students may request approval from the Coordinator of the Criminal Justice Program (dependent on academic and/or career goals) to select a Directed Elective from among the following courses:
+ HSE*202 Intro to Counseling/Interviewing, CSC*101 Introduction to Computers,SPA*101 Elementary Spanish I,
+ PSY*245 Abnormal Psychology, SOC*117 Minorities in the US, SOC*225 Death and Dying
+ This course has a prerequisite.
++ Criminal Justice Program Coordinator must approve Directed Electives.
+++ This course has the prerequisite of CJS*101.
++++Placement testing required.

 

CATALOG NOTES
Program updated for Spring 2014: added option for POL*112