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Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice

Course OverviewCourse GuideAdditional InformationNOCTI Test Results
 

Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
This program prepares individuals to apply theories and practices of criminal justice to structuring, managing, directing and controlling criminal justice agencies, including police departments, sheriff’s departments, law enforcement divisions and units, and private protective services.

Goals of the program are to provide knowledge and skills necessary for students interested in careers in criminal justice including: Police –State, County and Local Agencies, Criminal Investigator, Corrections Officer, Probation Officer, Parole Officer, Juvenile System, Private Security Officer. Program Level Assessment will include the following:

  • Explore the causes of crime and options for controlling it.
  • Examine fundamental concepts underlying the practice of justice.
  • Document the results of an investigation in an acceptable manner.
  • Analyze the impact of crime on our society.
  • Evaluate situations and determine sound moral, ethical, and legal implications.

 

 

Required Coursework (53 hours)

CRJU 110 Introduction to Law Enforcement 3 credits
CRJU 111 Police Administration 3 credits
CRJU 120 Criminology 3 credits
CRJU 211 Prevention of Crime & Juvenile Delinquency* 3 credits
CRJU 114 Introduction to Corrections 3 credits
CRJU 113 Criminal Investigation 3 credits
CRJU/PHED 145 Physical Fitness for Law Enforcement 2 credits
CRJU 212 Community Relations 3 credits
CRJU 214 Public Service Administration 3 credits
CRJU 216 Probation and Parole 3 credits
CRJU 218 Social Justice 3 credits
ENG 121 English Composition I* 3 credits
ENG 122 English Composition II* 3 credits
PHIL 210 Ethics* 4 credits
PSI 111 State & Local Government* 3 credits
PSY 101 Psychology* 4 credits
SOC 120 Principles of Sociology* 4 credits

 

Communications (3 required credit hours)

COM 140 Speech* 3 credits
OR
COM 150 Public Speaking* 3 credits

 

Mathematics (4 required credit hours)

MATH 117 Finite Math* 4 credits
OR
MATH 201 Intro to Statistics* 4 credits
Total: 60 credits
*Course has a prerequisite

 

Scope & Sequence

Fall 1 Winter 1 Fall 2 Winter 2
CRJU 110 CRJU 111 CRJU 211 CRJU 216
CRJU 114 CRJU 120 CRJU 212 CRJU 218
ENG 121 CRJU 113 CRJU 214 PSI 111
MATH 117 SOC 120 COM 150 PHIL 210
ENG 122 PSY 101 CRJU/PHED 145

 

Effective: Fall 2014
Current/Updated: 3/18/16

 

 

Employment Information

Program Information

The Associate of Applied Science
in Criminal Justice prepares
individuals to apply theories
and practices of criminal justice
to structuring, managing,
directing and controlling criminal
justice agencies, including
police departments, sheriff’s
departments, law enforcement
divisions and units, and private
protective services.

Criminal Justice encompasses both law enforcement and corrections. Law enforcement careers can be at the local, state and regional levels and include positions such as police officers, sheriff deputies, investigators and detectives who protect people by enforcing the law.

Careers in corrections include positions such as probation and parole officers and private security officers.

Law enforcement duties include responding to emergency and non-emergency calls, patrolling assigned areas, conducting traffic stops, issuing citations, obtaining warrants, detaining and arresting suspects, filling out the proper paperwork and testifying for cases in court.

Persons employed in corrections are responsible for overseeing individuals who have been arrested and are awaiting trial, monitoring those who have been sentenced to serve time in confinement, or supervising those on parole or probation.

According to the Bureau of Employment Services Occupational Handbook, the median salary for those in law enforcement was $56,980 per year in 2012,
while median pay for those working in corrections jobs was $48,190. Earning a Criminal Justice degree offers you an excellent career outlook and a variety of career options.

The goal of the program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for careers in criminal justice. Students will explore the causes of crime and options for controlling it, while examining the fundamental concepts underlying the practice of justice. Students will learn how to document the results of an investigation in an acceptable, moral and ethical manner and analyze the impact of crime on our society.


Is this for me?
A career in Criminal Justice can lead to a wide variety of jobs in the public service sector. Those in this profession are able to pay attention to detail, yet they are able to multitask. Communications skills and applying good judgment are critical to this profession. Positions as officers and
detectives also require strength and stamina.

The Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice provides students with a basic introduction to prepare them for positions in law enforcement at all levels.

 

 

National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI)
Standardized Test Results (2016):
NOCTI Criminal Justice Test Results
Crime Scene Management Use of Force Criminal Law & Procedures Health Issues Police Concepts & Skills
GOCC Students 66.1 87.1 76.7 70.0 73.5
State Avg 56.1 78.8 70.8 67.9 76.5
National Avg 60.4 73.4 71.0 67.0 70.2

 

NOCTI Criminal Justice Test Results
Court System Communication Security: National, International & Private Understanding & Working with Special Populations
GOCC Students 68.6 70.7 78.8 88.6
State Avg 57.1 65.3 70.6 68.6
National Avg 64.5 67.0 72.4 76.5

 

NOCTI Criminal Justice Test Results
Composite Score
GOCC Students 74.8
State Avg 68.8
National Avg 68.8

 

 

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