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Liberal Arts and Behavioral/Social Sciences Division

Criminal Justice

Program Description

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

Program Requirements

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


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.

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