The Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement AAS is designed to serve in-service peace officers; and pre-service students wanting to become peace officers. The study of activities of the agencies responsible for maintaining public order and enforcing the law, particularly the activities of prevention, detection, and investigation of crime and the apprehension of criminals. The role of a police officer as a crisis manager is explored as a critical piece of the criminal justice system.
Law Enforcement: The program is designed for the law enforcement professional or student who requires entry-level job skills in order to be marketable to enter the workforce. Credit for prior learning and structured college credit allows the student to continue higher education goals while working in the profession.
In depth background investigations, polygraph, and psychological examinations, and aptitude testing is required in most criminal justice professions. Check with the Criminal Justice department for details on criminal justice employment restrictions.
Criminal Justice Program Outcomes
• Identify the major goals of the Criminal Justice System and it’s components (CRMJ 2120 Intro to CJ).
• Critique the application of rights to criminal defendents and criminal procedure as defined by the US Constitution (CRMJ 2200) Constitutional Law.
• Identify the basic elements of criminal culpability such as actus reus and mens rea and causation and concurrence (CRMJ 2210 Criminal Law).
• Survey the various functions that law enforcement agencies perform (CRMJ 1520 Law Enforcement Operations).
• Analyze the major theories of crime causation to include biological, sociological and psychological perspectives (CRMJ 2400 Criminology).
• Describe sentencing philosophy and identify the central purpose of criminal punishment within the United States (CRMJ 2350 Intro to Corrections).
Required Course of Study for AAS Degree