Associate of Science

Criminal Justice/Public Safety

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Program Overview

Program Overview

There continues to be a need for professional public servants. The modern criminal justice/public safety system needs people with the ability to think critically, demonstrate sensitivity, and maintain professional standards. Enroll in our criminal justice courses or get your degree and explore the possibilities for a career in this field. Our Criminal Justice/Public Safety program can help prepare you for entry-level employment or give you the education you need to transfer to a four-year college or university. Get your degree in criminal justice and specialize in one of these options:

Earn a degree

Choosing one of these options will require the completion of specific courses related to that particular field of study. Placement testing will determine the sequencing of courses. Additional courses may be required.

  • Career-oriented students are prepared for beginning positions in law enforcement and policing. Typical positions for which graduates are qualified include: police officer, probation officer, corporate security, corrections officer, private investigation, and computer security specialists.
  • The program offers a broad liberal arts education for those students who wish to transfer their earned credits from the program to  a four-year academic institution of their choice.
  • Earn a certificate 

    Certificate programs in Computer Crime Deterrence and Criminal Justice are available to students who do not wish to pursue a full two-year course of study.
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Quick Facts

Criminal Justice/Public Safety Quick Facts

Choose a Career With Options
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According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2016, roughly three million workers were employed in the criminal justice field. This broader field includes sub-fields such as law enforcement, corrections, forensic science, homeland security, private security, academia, and legal services.

On the Road to Growth
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The criminal justice career sector is one of the fastest growing in the United States. Across the nation, there is a continued, heightened focus on law enforcement, immigration, public safety, and security, which has created a high demand. This growth is continuing into the next decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which estimates that police and detective employment will grow 4% through 2024. 

Women in Law Enforcement
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In 2013, the FBI released data showing that nationwide, women represented about a quarter of all law enforcement employees and just over 10% of law enforcement officers. Women represent more civilian roles in law enforcement, with the same data reporting that women occupy nearly 40% of civilian roles in law enforcement.

Additional Details

Train for a Career in Law Enforcement

The Criminal Justice/Public Safety Program provides training for career opportunities in law enforcement and policing, and also offers a broad liberal arts education for those students who wish to transfer their earned credits from the program to four-year academic institution. Options offered in the Program include: Corrections, Law Enforcement, Security, and Forensics. Each of these options is in a growing field with increasing opportunities for employment. Although all these options are included in the same program, they offer the student a diverse choice of career fields.

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Program Requirements

Criminal Justice/Public Safety A.S.

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications listed 3
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics Choose any Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics listed 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*101 Composition 3
Historical Knowledge Choose any Historical Knowledge listed 3
Oral Communication COM*100 Introduction to Communications or COM*173 Public Speaking 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*167 Principles of Statistics1 3
Scientific Knowledge BIO*105 Introduction to Biology 4
Scientific Reasoning DAR*158 Biology of Addiction 3
Social Phenomena SOC*101 Principles of Sociology 3
Written Communication ENG102 Literature and Composition 3
Program Requirements CJS*H101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJS*H102 Introduction to Corrections 3
CJS*H103 Introduction to Security 3
CJS*H105 Introduction to Law Enforcement 3
CJS*H211 Criminal Law 3
CJS*H217 American Legal Systems 3
CJS*H220 Criminal Investigation 3
CJS*H293 Criminal Justice Cooperative Work Experience2 3
SOC*H240 Criminology 3
CJS*H210 Constitutional Law 3

Total Credits: 61

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

1Students planning to transfer to a 4-year school should plan to complete MAT*H167 Principles of Statistics or MAT*H172 College Algebra.

2Placement is required. Students need to contact the program coordinator or the Liberal Arts and Behavioral/Social Sciences Division early in the semester prior to taking the course.

At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

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

  1. Given a set of circumstances and occurrences, present a well written investigative report and any accompanying documents.
  2. Explain the basic structure and functions of the American Criminal Justice System.
  3. Explain the structure of the Federal and State court systems.
  4. Identify the functions and services of private security.
  5. Explain the computer crime problem.
  6. Explain the development of probation, parole and community supervision.
  7. Explain the development of the corrections system in the United States.
  8. Explain what effects the social conditions in the United States have upon the criminal justice system.
  9. Read and explain relevant literature in the field of Criminal Justice.
  10. Demonstrate the various methods of taking written statements and confessions.
  11. Define the term investigation and the objectives of a criminal investigation.
  12. State the psychological theories that may explain criminal behavior.
  13. Identify the major sociological theories of criminal behavior.
  14. Describe and evaluate the ways in which data are collected on crimes, criminals, and victims.
  15. Present oral reports before a group.
  16. Explain some of the basic issues and problems in policing, the courts, and corrections in America today.
  17. Explain the Bill of Rights and those specific rights guaranteed by the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments.
  18. Explain the contributions of both the classical and positivist schools of criminology.
  19. Show how events in early American history influenced the development of the American Criminal Justice System.
  20. Explain what bearing state and local political issues have on the Criminal Justice System.
  21. Explain the concept of criminal law, including its purpose as an agent of social control.
  22. Define and explain the elements which identify the offenses of: assault, sex crimes, burglary, arson, larceny, robbery and homicide.
  23. Explain how state and local law enforcement agencies originated in the United States and how they currently function.
  24. Identify the areas that establish a police officer’s authority for arrest.
  25. Demonstrate work skills relevant to a criminal justice agency.
  26. Integrate the theoretical and practical application of the Criminal Justice Program.

Computer Crime Deterrence A.S. option

Course Type

Course Number & Title

Cr.

Core Communications

COM*H100 Introduction to Communications

3

Core Communications

ENG*H101 Composition

3

Core Humanities

ENG*H102 Literature and Composition

3

Core Mathematics

MAT*H135 Topics in Contemporary Mathematics or

higher (except MAT*H137)1

3

Core Science

BIO*H105 Introduction to Biology or

4

BIO*H115 Human Biology or

PHY*H110 Introduction to Physics

Core Behavioral Science

SOC*H101 Principles of Sociology

3

Program Behavioral Science

SOC*H240 Criminology

3

Program Behavioral Science

Any Sociology (SOC) course

3

Program Behavioral Science

PSY*H111 General Psychology I

3

Core Social Science

HIS*H201 U.S. History I or

POL*H112 State & Local Government

3

Core Arts or Humanities

PHL*H111 Ethics

3

Program Business

CSC*H101 Introduction to Computers

3

Program Business

CST*H120 Introduction to Operating Systems

3

Program Requirement

CJS*H101 Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

Program Requirement

CJS*H211 Criminal Law I

3

Program Requirement

CJS*H217 American Legal Systems

3

Program Requirement

CJS*H224 Computer Crimes

3

Program Requirement

CJS*H234 Computer Security & Data Protection

3

Program Requirement

CJS*H235 Information Warfare & Security

3

Program Requirement

CJS*H293 Criminal Justice Cooperative

Work Experience2

3

Total Credits: 61

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

  1. Given a set of circumstances and occurrences, present a well written investigative report and any other accompanying documents.
  2. Explain the basic structure and functions of the American Criminal Justice System.
  3. Understand the growing dependence and reliance on personal computers in our society.
  4. Understand the uses of database management software and its applicability to the business environment.
  5. Identify a variety of Network Operating System Software and the features and functionality each provides.
  6. Discuss the various problems encountered in the area of information security.
  7. Identify current strategies used to protect data.
  8. List and describe some of the more common viruses that have infected computer systems.
  9. Develop security measures to neutralize various threats and risks.
  10. Describe several forms of computer hacking.
  11. Explain the purpose and use of the memory management software.
  12. Explain various Network Operating Systems (NOS) used in Local Area Networks (LANS).
  13. Identify the major sociological theories of criminal behavior.
  14. Explain the Bill of Rights and those specific rights guaranteed by the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eight and Fourteenth Amendments.
  15. Explain the contributions of both the classical and positivist schools of criminology.
  16. Explain the concept of criminal law, including its purpose as an agent of social control.
  17. Identify methods used to safeguard information.
  18. Discuss the legal issues affecting the recovery of evidence during investigations involving the Internet.
  19. List and describe the civil liability issues associated with Internet investigations.
  20. Explain the investigative process as it relates to computer crime.
  21. Explain the problem of establishing a crime scene for a computer crime.
  22. Demonstrate work skills relevant to a criminal justice agency.
  23. Discuss the concepts of offensive and defensive information warfare.
  24. Describe the various information warfare technologies.
  25. Explain how information warfare helped to win the Gulf War.
  26. Explain how information can be pirated and what can be done about it.

Corrections A.S. option

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications listed 3
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics Choose any Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics listed 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Historical Knowledge Choose any Historical Knowledge listed 3
Oral Communication COM*H100 Introduction to Communications or COM*173 Public Speaking 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H167 Principles of Statistics1 3
Scientific Knowledge BIO*H105 Introduction to Biology 4
Scientific Reasoning DAR*H158 Biology of Addiction 3
Social Phenomena SOC*H101 Principles of Sociology 3
Written Communication ENG*H102 Literature and Composition 3
Program Requirements CJS*H101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJS*H102 Introduction to Corrections 3
CJS*H261 Victim and Offender Mediation 3
CJS*H246 Juvenile Corrections 3
CJS*H211 Criminal Law I 3
CJS*H217 American Legal Systems 3
CJS*H241 Correctional Counseling I 3
CJS*H293 Criminal Justice Cooperative Work Experience2 3
SOC*H240 Criminology 3
CJS*H244 Community Based Corrections 3

Total Credits: 61

1Students planning to transfer to a 4-year school should plan to complete MAT*H167 Principles of Statistics or MAT*H172 College Algebra.

2Placement is required. Students need to contact the program coordinator or the Liberal Arts and Behavioral/Social Sciences Division early in the semester prior to taking the course.

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

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

  1. Present a well written investigative report and any other accompanying documents when given a set of circumstances and occurrences.
  2. Explain the basic structure and functions of the American Criminal Justice System.
  3. Explain the structure of the federal and state court systems.
  4. Explain the development of probation, parole and community supervision.
  5. Explain the development of the correctional system in the United States.
  6. Explain the role of the victim in rehabilitating the offender.
  7. Identify methods used to manage conflict.
  8. Explain what effects the social conditions in the United States have upon the criminal justice system.
  9. Read and explain relevant literature in the field of criminal justice.
  10. Explain the development of the juvenile corrections system.
  11. Explain the specific problems of juveniles in the criminal justice system.
  12. State the psychological theories that may explain criminal behavior.
  13. Identify the major sociological theories of criminal behavior.
  14. Describe and evaluate the ways in which data are collected on crimes, criminals and victims.
  15. Present oral reports before a group.
  16. Explain the Bill of Rights and those specific rights guaranteed by the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments.
  17. Explain some of the basic issues and problems in policing, the courts, and corrections in America today.
  18. Explain the contributions of both the classical and positivist schools of criminology.
  19. Show how events from early American history influenced the development of the American Criminal Justice System.
  20. Explain the concept of criminal law, including its purpose as an agent of social control.
  21. Define and explain the element of: assault, sex crimes, burglary, arson, larceny, robbery and homicide.
  22. List the various forms of intervention techniques available in corrections.
  23. Explain how correctional counseling works.
  24. Demonstrate work skills relevant to a criminal justice agency.
  25. Integrate the theoretical and practical applications of the Criminal Justice Program.
  26. List alternatives to incarceration that are now in use.
  27. Explain the concept of community corrections.

Forensics A.S. option

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications listed 3
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics Choose any Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics listed 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*101 Composition 3
Historical Knowledge Choose any Historical Knowledge listed 3
Oral Communication COM*100 Introduction to Communications or COM*173 Public Speaking 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*167 Principles of Statistics1 3
Scientific Knowledge BIO*105 Introduction to Biology 4
Scientific Reasoning DAR*158 Biology of Addiction 3
Social Phenomena SOC*101 Principles of Sociology 3
Written Communication ENG102 Literature and Composition 3
Program Requirements CJS*H101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJS*225 Forensic Science 3
CJS*H229 Crime Scene Investigation 3
CJS*H105 Introduction to Law Enforcement 3
CJS*H211 Criminal Law 3
CJS*H217 American Legal Systems 3
CJS*H255 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice 3
CJS*H293 Criminal Justice Cooperative Work Experience2 3
SOC*H240 Criminology 3
Criminal Justice Directed Elective3 3

Total Credits: 61

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

1Students planning to transfer to a 4-year school should plan to complete MAT*H167 Principles of Statistics or MAT*H172 College Algebra.

2Placement is required. Students need to contact the program coordinator or the Liberal Arts and Behavioral/Social Sciences Division early in the semester prior to taking the course.

3Choose one: CJS*H250 Victimology or CJS*H224 Computer Crimes

At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

The Criminal Justice/Public Safety graduate should be able to:

  1. Given a set of circumstances and occurrences, present a well written investigative report and any other accompanying documents.
  2. Explain the basic structure and functions of the American Criminal Justice System.
  3. Explain the structure of the Federal and State court systems.
  4. Manage a crime scene.
  5. Recognize evidence at a crime scene.
  6. Collect, preserve and package evidence.
  7. Mark and record evidence.
  8. Discuss the capabilities of the crime lab.
  9. Explain the concept of transfer of evidence.
  10. Conduct basic laboratory analysis.
  11. Conduct field tests.
  12. Identify and describe a crime scene.
  13. Discuss the capabilities of various pieces of equipment used at a crime scene.
  14. Conduct a crime scene search.
  15. Name the types of evidence
  16. Describe the "linkage triangle" for physical evidence.
  17. Explain what effects the social conditions in the United States have upon the criminal justice system.
  18. Read and explain relevant literature in the field of Criminal Justice.
  19. List the major categories of physical evidence.
  20. Explain the difference between class and individual characteristics of physical evidence.
  21. Explain the legal requirements effecting the crime scene.
  22. Explain the concept of chain of custody.
  23. Explain the scientific requirements effecting the crime scene.
  24. Explain the responsibilities of the first responder at the crime scene.
  25. State the psychological theories that may explain criminal behavior.
  26. Identify the major sociological theories of criminal behavior.
  27. Describe and evaluate the ways in which data are collected on crimes criminals and victims.
  28. Present oral reports before a group.
  29. Explain the Bill of Rights and those specific rights guaranteed by the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eight and Fourteenth Amendments.
  30. Explain some of the basic issues and problems in policing, the courts, and corrections in America today.
  31. Explain what bearing state and local political issues have on the criminal justice system.
  32. Explain the concept of criminal law, including its purpose as an agent of social control.
  33. Define and explain the elements of: assault, sex crimes, burglary, arson, larceny, robbery and homicide.
  34. Demonstrate work skills relevant to a criminal justice agency.
  35. Integrate the theoretical and practical application of the Criminal Justice Program.
  36. Explain the impact of the development of ethical thought on the Criminal Justice System.

Law Enforcement A.S. option

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications listed 3
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics Choose any Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics listed 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*101 Composition 3
Historical Knowledge Choose any Historical Knowledge listed 3
Oral Communication COM*100 Introduction to Communications or COM*173 Public Speaking 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*167 Principles of Statistics1 3
Scientific Knowledge BIO*105 Introduction to Biology 4
Scientific Reasoning DAR*158 Biology of Addiction 3
Social Phenomena SOC*101 Principles of Sociology 3
Written Communication ENG102 Literature and Composition 3
Program Requirements CJS*H101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJS*H210 Constitutional Law 3
CJS*220 Criminal Investigation 3
CJS*H105 Introduction to Law Enforcement 3
CJS*H211 Criminal Law I 3
CJS*H217 American Legal Systems 3
CJS*H255 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice 3
CJS*H293 Criminal Justice Cooperative Work Experience2 3
SOC*H240 Criminology 3
CJS*H280 Victimology 3

Total Credits: 61

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

1Students planning to transfer to a 4-year school should plan to complete MAT*H167 Principles of Statistics or MAT*H172 College Algebra.

2Placement is required. Students need to contact the program coordinator or the Liberal Arts and Behavioral/Social Sciences Division early in the semester prior to taking the course.

At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

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

  1. Present a well written investigative report and any other accompanying documents when given a set of circumstances and occurrences.
  2. Explain the basic criminal justice structure and functions of the American Criminal Justice System.
  3. Explain the structure of the federal and state court systems.
  4. Explain how state and local law enforcement agencies originated in the United States and how they currently function.
  5. Identify the areas that establish a police officer’s authority to arrest.
  6. Explain the concept of victim’s rights.
  7. Explain how a criminal selects a victim.
  8. Explain what effects the social conditions in the United States have upon the criminal justice system.
  9. Read and explain relevant literature in the field of criminal justice.
  10. Demonstrate the various investigation methods of taking written statements and confessions.
  11. Define the term investigation and the objectives of a criminal investigation.
  12. State the psychological theories that may explain criminal behavior.
  13. Identify the major sociological theories of criminal behavior.
  14. Describe and evaluate the ways in which data are collected on crimes, criminals and victims.
  15. Present oral reports before a group.
  16. Explain the Bill of Rights and those specific rights guaranteed by the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments.
  17. Explain some of the basic issues and problems in policing, the courts, and corrections in America today.
  18. Explain the contributions of both the classical and positivist schools of criminology.
  19. Show how events from early American history influenced the development of the American Criminal Justice System.
  20. Explain the concept of criminal law, including its purpose as an agent of social control.
  21. Define and explain the elements of: assault, sex crimes, burglary, arson, larceny, robbery and homicide.
  22. List and explain the constitutional law relevant to Supreme Court cases regarding search and seizure.
  23. List and explain the Miranda Warnings.
  24. Demonstrate work skills relevant to a criminal justice agency.
  25. Integrate the theoretical and practical application of the Criminal Justice Program.
  26. Explain the corruption hazards faced by law enforcement officers.
  27. Recite and explain the Law Enforcement Officers’ Code of Ethics.

Security A.S. option

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications listed 3
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics Choose any Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics listed 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Historical Knowledge Choose any Historical Knowledge listed 3
Oral Communication COM*H100 Introduction to Communications or COM*173 Public Speaking 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H167 Principles of Statistics1 3
Scientific Knowledge BIO*H105 Introduction to Biology 4
Scientific Reasoning DAR*H158 Biology of Addiction 3
Social Phenomena SOC*H101 Principles of Sociology 3
Written Communication ENG*H102 Literature and Composition 3
Program Requirements CJS*H101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJS*H218 Legal Aspects of Security 3
CJS*103 Introduction to Security 3
CJS*H230 Security Management 3
CJS*H211 Criminal Law I 3
CJS*H217 American Legal Systems 3
CJS*H232 Industrial and Retail Security 3
CJS*H293 Criminal Justice Cooperative Work Experience2 3
SOC*H240 Criminology 3
CJS*H233 Institutional Security 3

Total Credits: 61

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

1Students planning to transfer to a 4-year school should plan to complete MAT*H167 Principles of Statistics or MAT*H172 College Algebra.

2Placement is required. Students need to contact the program coordinator or the Liberal Arts and Behavioral/Social Sciences Division early in the semester prior to taking the course.

At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

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

  1. Present a well written investigative report and any other accompanying documents when given a set of circumstances and occurrences.
  2. Explain the basic structure and functions of the American Criminal Justice System.
  3. Explain the structure of the federal and state court systems.
  4. Identify the functions and services of private security.
  5. Explain the computer crime problem.
  6. Explain how institutional security may differ from other types of security.
  7. Explain the various security systems in use in institutional establishments.
  8. Read and explain relevant literature in the field of criminal justice.
  9. Explain the problems of theft from industrial and retail establishments.
  10. Explain the various security systems in use in industrial and retail establishments.
  11. State the psychological theories that may explain criminal behavior.
  12. Identify the major sociological theories of criminal behavior.
  13. Describe and evaluate the ways in which data are collected on crimes, criminals and victims.
  14. Present oral reports before a group.
  15. Explain the Bill of Rights and those specific rights guaranteed by the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments.
  16. Explain some of the basic issues and problems in policing, the courts, and corrections in America today.
  17. Explain the contributions of both the classical and positivist schools of criminology.
  18. Show how events from early American history influenced the development of the American Criminal Justice System.
  19. Explain the concept of criminal law, including its purpose as an agent of social control.
  20. Define and explain the elements of: assault, sex crimes, burglary, arson, larceny, robbery and homicide.
  21. List and explain some of the legal problems that may be encountered in the field of security.
  22. Explain the problem of liability as it applies to the field of security.
  23. Demonstrate work skills relevant to a criminal justice agency.
  24. Integrate the theoretical and practical application of the Criminal Justice Program.
  25. Explain the legal problems encountered in security management and supervision.
  26. Explain the supervision practices used in the security field.

CSCU Pathway Transfer: Criminology Studies A.A./A.S.

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications listed 3
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics Choose any Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics listed 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Historical Knowledge Choose any Historical Knowledge listed 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication course listed 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H167 Principles of Statistics 3
Scientific Knowledge Choose any Scientific Knowledge listed 3-4
Scientific Reasoning Choose any Scientific Reasoning listed 3-4
Social Phenomena SOC*H101 Principles of Sociology 3
Written Communication Choose any Written Communication listed 3
Program Requirements CJS*H101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJS*H102 Introduction to Corrections 3
CJS*H105 Introduction to Law Enforcement 3
SOC*H240 Criminology 3
CJS*H210 Constitutional Law 3
General Elective - PSY*H111 General Psychology I 3
Choose any Creativity or Global Knowledge course 3
Choose one of the following:
CJS*H211 Criminal Law I
CJS*H220 Criminal Investigation
CJS*H225 Forensic Science
CJS*H280 Victimology
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
Unrestricted Electives1 6

Total Credits: 61-62

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

1Students should consider beginning or completing work on foreign language requirements not already met in high school and beginning work on minor requirements of some CSUs. They may also complete other General Education requirements for CCSU, WCSU, SCSU and Charter Oak (not ECSU).

Certificate in Criminal Justice

Course No. Title Credits
CJS*H101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJS*H102 Introduction to Corrections 3
CJS*H103 Introduction to Security 3
CJS*H105 Introduction to Law Enforcement 3
CJS*H211 Criminal Law I 3
CJS*H217 American Legal Systems 3
CJS*H220 Criminal Investigation 3
CJS*H293 CJS Cooperative Work Experience 3
Total Credit Hours 24

Program Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the basic structure and functions of the American Criminal Justice System.
  2. Explain the structure of the federal and state court systems.
  3. Identify the functions and services of private security.
  4. Explain the computer crime problem.
  5. Explain the development of probation, parole and community supervision.
  6. Explain the development of the corrections system in the United States.
  7. Demonstrate the various methods of taking written statements and confessions.
  8. Define the term investigation and the objectives of a criminal investigation.
  9. Explain some of the basic issues and problems in policing, the courts, and corrections in America today.
  10. Explain the Bill of Rights and those specific rights guaranteed by the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments.
  11. Explain the concept of criminal law, including its purpose as an agent of social control.
  12. Define and explain the elements which identify the offenses of assault, sex crimes, burglary, arson, larceny, robbery and homicide.
  13. Explain how state and local law enforcement agencies originated in the United States and how they currently function.
  14. Identify the areas that establish a police officer’s authority to arrest.
  15. Demonstrate work skills relevant to a criminal justice agency.
  16. Integrate the theoretical and practical application of the Criminal Justice Program.

Certificate in Computer Crime Deterrence

Required Courses

Course No. Title Credits
CJS*H224 Computer Crime 3
CJS*H234 Computer Security and Data Protection 3
CJS*H235 Introduction to Warfare and Security 3
CSC*H101 Introduction to Computers 3
CST*H120 Introduction to Operating Systems 3
Total Credit Hours 15

Program Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the various problems encountered in the area of information security.
  2. Describe current strategies used to protect data.
  3. Describe the range of services available for use over the Internet.
  4. Discuss the legal issues affecting the recovery of evidence during investigations involving the Internet.
  5. List and describe the civil liability issues associated with Internet investigations.
  6. List and describe some of the more common viruses that have infected computer systems.
  7. Apply State and Federal law and develop an investigative plan to address the relevant issues.
  8. Identify basic concepts and computer terminology relative to hardware and software applications.
  9. Understand the growing dependence and reliance on personal computers in our society.
  10. Identify the availability of technology-based products on the market today.
  11. Develop a level of comfort when using office productivity software such as MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and MS Access.
  12. Understand the uses of database management software and its applicability to the business environment.
  13. Identify a variety of Network Operating System Software and the features and functionality each provides.
  14. The student will be able to work with all the MS-DOS commands, both internal and external.
  15. The student will be able to understand the purpose and use of the memory management software.
  16. The student will be able to author batch file scripts when necessary.
  17. The student will work with the various components of WINDOWS 95 and the system registry.
  18. The student will understand various Network Operating Systems (NOS) used in Local Area Networks (LANS).
  19. The student will understand the various components, including physical designs of LANS.

Related non-credit workforce training courses:

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Certificate Programs

This certificate program focuses on skills development for those people who are already inthe law enforcement and security services and for those who seek entry-level employmentin those services. The program may be pursued on a full or part-time basis. For furtherinformation, consult the Division Director or the Program Coordinator

This certificate program is designed to enhance skill development for those people who are employed in a career field dealing with computer security or for people seeking entry into such a career field and for those people who want to use a computer in an assortment of ways. Upon completion of this certificate, students will possess the skills necessary to manage a computer security program or to protect their own personal computers from attack.

Credits earned in this certificate program are applicable toward an Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice/Public Safety. These courses are offered in the day or evening for the convenience of those adults who are employed full-time.

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Academic & Transfer

Transfer options are available for students who choose this course of study.  Talk with your advisor.


Career Paths

The criminal justice career sector is one of the fastest growing in the United States. Across the nation, there is a continued, heightened focus on law enforcement, immigration, public safety, and security, which has created a high demand for the kinds of careers listed below:

  • Police Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Corporate Security
  • Corrections Officer
  • Private Investigation
  • Computer Security Specialists

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