Justice Studies - Associate in Science

Curriculum Code: 222

Program Information
Law enforcement and corrections are among the fastest growing career fields in America, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. A range of job opportunities awaits graduates as America becomes a more security-conscious society. This program encourages comprehensive understanding of the nature of crime and the goals of the criminal justice system. Students are introduced to organizations, occupations and regulations that govern the criminal justice system. The program prepares students to enter a specific criminal justice field or continue their studies at a four-year college/ university. Two themes are critical throughout the program: leadership and ethics.

When You Graduate
When You Graduate You’ll be ready for immediate employment or you can transfer to a four-year college. CCC has transfer agreements in criminal justice with several colleges, and graduates have transferred to scores of colleges and universities throughout the years. Some career possibilities include employment with federal, state and county departments or institutions. Those with a bachelor’s degree may hold a variety of administrative positions. As a graduate of a fully accredited community college, your coursework will be received with full credit transfer at most state colleges, public and private universities across the country. The NJ Lampitt bill passed in 2008 by the NJ State legislature assures seamless transfer of credits toward junior standing at NJ state colleges and universities.

Upon completion of this program, student should be able to:
•Demonstrate an understanding of the purpose and role of the U.S. Criminal Justice System and be able to function within that system. •Locate, retrieve, and critically evaluate information and information sources. •Demonstrate an understanding of the role for one of the component’s role within the criminal justice system (Law Enforcement, Courts or Corrections).


Employment Opportunities:
Federal law enforcement agent, lawyer, probation officer, parole officer, public safety planner, legal researcher or paralegal

Program Requirements (33)
Credits
CJ
102
Criminology & Penology
3
CJ
104
Criminal Law
3
CJ
115
Diversity Issues in Criminal Justice
3
CJ
207
Administration of Justice
3
CJ
213
Criminal Psychopathology
3
CJ
215
Criminal Justice Field Work
3
PA
101
Public Administration
3
SO
202
Contemporary Social Problems
3
PY
209
Abnormal Psychology or
CS
241
Computer Forensics
3
Program Elective
3
Program Elective
3

General Education Requirements (34-35)
Credits
CS
101
Introduction to Microcomputers or
CS
102
Applications on the Microcomputer
3
EN
101
English Composition I
3
EN
102
English Composition II
3
PS
201
American Federal Government or
PS
203
State & Local Government
3
PY
101
General Psychology
3
SO
201
Introductory Sociology
3
SP
203
Effective Speech
3
Mathematics Elective
3-4
Science Elective
4
Humanities Elective
3
Humanities Elective
3

Total Credits: (67-68)