Criminal Justice, Area of Concentration in Arts & Sciences (AA)
Area of Concentration in Arts & Science
Award: Associate of Arts Degree
No. of credits required: 60
For more information: Contact Assistant Professor Derrick Jones, 443-412-2315, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Admissions, 443-412-2109.
The A.A. degree option in Criminal Justice is designed to prepare students for transfer to baccalaureate programs with majors in Criminal Justice. This option provides students an overview of various aspects of the Criminal Justice major and prepares students to complete the last two years at a four-year institution.
Upon completion of the A.A. degree criminal justice program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the Criminal Justice discipline, including knowledge of police, courts and corrections, and theories of crime and justice.
- Differentiate between the various components of the criminal justice system, the purposes and objectives of these components, and their roles in the community.
- Explain individuals’ motivation to commit crime in terms of various criminological theories.
- Apply the rules of criminal law and criminal procedure to make appropriate decisions identifying criminal offenses, and arresting, searching, interrogating and identifying criminal suspects.
Several Maryland colleges and universities offer majors in criminal justice. Graduates of this program may apply for transfer into many colleges or universities in Maryland or to public and private colleges nationwide
Students interested in criminal justice are employable in many areas of law enforcement. Some frequently chosen occupations are local, state and federal law enforcement officers, probation officers and correctional treatment specialists, customs and immigration inspectors, fish and game wardens, park rangers, and correctional officers.
The growth rates for criminal justice careers vary depending upon the specific career chosen. The job growth rate for police officers is expected to increase 7% for 2010-2020. For probation officers and correctional treatment specialists the growth rate is expected to be 18% for 2010-2020. For correctional officers for 2010-2020, the job growth rate is expected to be 5%. Projections are from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Recommended Course Sequence
|CJ 101||Introduction to Criminal Justice||3|
|CJ 104||Procedural Law and Evidence 1||3|
|ENG 101||English Composition (GE)||3|
or PS 102
|American National Government (GB)
or State and Local Government (GB)
|SOC 101||Introduction to Sociology (GB) (D)||3|
|CJ 103||Introduction to Corrections||3|
|CJ 111||Principles of Criminal Law 1||3|
|ENG 109||English Composition: Research Writing||3|
|PSY 101||General Psychology (GB)||3|
|Physical Education Elective||1|
|Mathematics Elective (GM) 2||3|
or CMST 105
|Speech Fundamentals (GI)
or Interpersonal Communication (GI) (D)
|PHIL 205||Ethics (GH)||3|
|SOC 102||Social Problems (GB) (D)||3|
|Biological/Physical Lab Science Elective (GL)||4|
|Physical Education Elective||1|
or CIS 102
|Business Computer Applications
or Introduction to Information Sciences (GI)
|CJ 213||Criminology (same course as SOC 213)||3|
|Arts/Humanities Elective (GH)||3|
|Biological/Physical Science Elective (GS) 3||3|
|General Elective 4||3|
A four credit course in mathematics may be substituted.
A four credit course in Biologic/Physical Science Lab course may be substituted.
General electives should be chosen based upon the requirements of the institution to which transfer is planned.
Students interested in forensic science as a major should reference the chemistry program in this catalog.
General Education Degree Requirements
Note: The following codes identify courses which satisfy the General Education Degree Requirements:
Behavioral/Social Science (GB)
English Composition (GE)
Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues (GI)
Biological/Physical Laboratory Science (GL)
Biological/Physical Science (GS)