This career program provides the pre-service student (no previous employment in the field) with the occupational skills and background necessary for entering employment with law enforcement agencies; upgrades skills and background knowledge of in-service personnel; and provides both pre- and in-service students with a broader understanding of human nature through general education.

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Minimum program credit hours: 60

Program Codes
Degree Option
Associate in Applied Science Degree
Hegis Code
Curriculum Code
General Requirements
18 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
ENG 1530: English Composition II3 BCOM H CENG
ENG 1540: Writing About Literature3 HUMA H CWRT, VEDP
Social Sciences Electives6 S (SR)
Mathematics Electives (college level)3 MATH N CMAT
Mathematics and Sciences Electives3 N (SR)
Core Requirements
26 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
CRI 1290: Physical Fitness for Criminal Justice2
CRI 1320: Introduction to Law Enforcement3
CRI 1420: Report Writing in Criminal Justice3
CRI 1510: Introduction to Criminal Justice3 S
CRI 2330: Criminal Procedural Law or CRI 2530: Criminal Law3
CRI 2370: Criminal Investigation3
CRI 2550: Ethics in Criminal Justice3
Any additional CRI course beyond the Core Requirements6
16 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
Important Points
  • Recommended electives include: BIO 1510: Health Science; BIO 1710: Personal Health & Safety; CHE 1500: Introduction to Chemistry; CHE 1550-1560: College Chemistry I or II; or a mathematics course appropriate to the student’s background.
  • CMM 1610: Public Speaking is strongly recommended as an elective.
  • Credit for criminal justice courses may be given to those students who have successfully completed an accredited Basic Recruit School for Police. Arrangements for this corresponding credit must be made through the criminal justice coordinator or admissions director.
Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of concepts/principles associated with the Criminal Justice process and use them correctly in Criminal Justice based scenarios.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the workings of the criminal justice system by applying definitions, concepts, and principles to law enforcement and the courts.
  3. Apply critical thinking to research, evaluate, analyze, and synthesize the appropriate procedures for the collection of evidence and data in criminal case preparation for law enforcement agencies.
  4. Develop, organize, and write an objective report that meets the legal and detailed requirements of law enforcement agencies.

Transfer Agreements

Our courses and programs are designed to give you a strong foundation in your area of study. But we know that for many of you, your time at JCC is just the first step in your educational journey. And when it's time for you to take your next step, that strong foundation, coupled with the wide variety of transfer agreements we maintain with several top colleges and universities, will help make your transfer process as smooth as possible. Learn More
It is important when planning your transfer to talk with your advisor about the specifics of each four-year college or university. 

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Marilyn  Gerace, Dean, Social Sciences & Business
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