The field of criminal justice is more than just law enforcement. The Criminal Justice system consists of three sub-systems; police, courts, and corrections. At Sheridan College and Gillette College the student will be exposed to all aspects of the criminal justice system with four major areas of concentration and five certificate programs. The transferable degree and associated certificate programs, including the new crime scene investigation certificate, assures the successful student marketable skills in the fields of law enforcement; corrections, both adult and juvenile; victimology, both adult and juvenile; and security.
Security: This program is designed to provide in-service professionals and students entry-level job skills in private and government sercurity employment. With the advent of increased emphasis on all aspects of security, this course of study offers those parallels between policing and security in the private and government sectors.
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