3 Degree Options | Next semester starts January 23
Understand the terminology used in the Criminal Justice System and be able to communicate effectively.
Learn the professional traits and soft skills required of law enforcement and corrections officers.
Study criminal law, social expectations and ethical standards.
Approach issues within the criminal justice system like how to draw reasonable conclusions.
Develop listening and analytical skills that promote ethical and equitable application of criminal law.
Prepare for upper-division coursework for a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
Get a comprehensive overview of the justice system including emphasis on criminal law, evidence, investigation and criminal processes.
Learn from experienced professors and instructors that have worked in the field.
Many courses are available online or evenings to work with your schedule.
With every class, you'll be earning credits that can help you transfer to a 4-year university.
AJ-10 Intro Criminal Justice System
Overview of the history and philosophy of the U.S. justice system; study of the modern criminal justice system and its components, law enforcement, courts, and corrections; identifying the roles of the various professionals within the system and their interrelationships; analysis of legal issues; study of theories of crime causation, punishment, and rehabilitation.
AJ-11 Criminal Law
History, philosophy, and constitutional provisions of criminal law; study of penal code statutes and other statutory and case law applicable to law enforcement, including exploration of crimes against persons and property, public peace, narcotics, and dangerous weapons.
AJ-14 Criminal Justice Process
Analysis of legal processes from pre-arrest through trial and appeal, sentencing, and corrections procedures utilizing statutory law and state and constitutional law precedents.
AJ-15 Criminal Investigations
Addresses procedures and concepts as applied to criminal investigations, including surveillance; crime scene response management; and identification, collection, and processing of physical evidence. Covers U.S. Constitution and Statutory/Case Law; interview/interrogation processes and techniques; identifying information sources; procuring search warrants; serving search warrants; exceptions to the search warrant rule, and court process. Emphasis is placed on developing the student's capacity to analyze specific situations and identify sound ethical investigative procedures.
AJ-19 Multicultural Communities
Examines the complex relationship between multicultural communities and the criminal justice system, analyzing cultural differences and strategies to effectively address crime related issues. Addresses potential societal barriers involving race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, social class, culture and the evolution of the law enforcement profession in understanding how relationships are developed, maintained and changed to meet ethnic and minority group needs. Additional topics include multicultural representation in Law Enforcement, Cross-Cultural Communication, Community Policing, and restorative justice principles.