Associate of Science in Criminal Justice Studies

The purpose of the Criminal Justice Studies program is to provide the student with a system orientation to the field of Criminal Justice. Study in Criminal Justice involves the application of the principles of Criminal Justice and the related behavioral and social sciences to problems and issues in the field. The program focuses on building knowledge in the areas of law enforcement, courts and corrections. Within the program students will develop a knowledge base for an in-depth understanding of human behavior and the kinds of problems and circumstances that often result in criminality. Furthermore, the program provides students with the opportunity to gain necessary skills in the area of interviewing, program development, community organizations, planning and research within the field of criminal justice. The Associate of Science in Criminal Justice curriculum is intended to provide its graduates with the necessary foundation for a successful career.

 

The following program of study is recommended for those wishing to earn the Associate of Science in Criminal Justice Studies:

 

Core Curriculum Requirements C 25 Credit Hours

Criminal Justice Studies Requirements M 24 Credit Hours

Guided Liberal Arts Electives E 6 Credit Hours

General Electives G 9 Credit Hours

Total Program Hours 64 Credit Hours

 

Recommended Course Sequence:

 

First Year - Fall Semester

CJS 1103 Introduction to CJS M 3 Credit Hours

MTH 1513 College Algebra C 3 Credit Hours

REL 1003 Introduction to Christianity C 3 Credit Hours

ENG 1113 English Composition I C 3 Credit Hours

CJS 1123 Drugs, Alcohol. and Crime M 3 Credit Hours

Total Semester 15 Credit Hrs

 

First Year - Spring Semester

ENG 1213 English Composition II C 3 Credit Hours

SPC 1713 Speaking & Thinking Critically C 3 Credit Hours

CJS 2413 Corrections Law I M 3 Credit Hours

CJS 2513 Forensics I M 3 Credit Hours

SOC 2113 Social Problems G 3 Credit Hours

 

Total Semester 15 Credit Hrs

 

First Year - Summer Semester

CJS ____ CJS Elective M 3 Credit Hours

 

Second Year - Fall Semester

CJS 2303 Courts & Constitutional Law M 3 Credit Hours

CJS 2313 Criminal Law I M 3 Credit Hours

CJS 2613 Law Enforcement M 3 Credit Hours

BIO ____ Science with Lab Course C 4 Credit Hours

GLAE LIT, GVT, or ART/THE E 3 Credit Hours

 

Total Semester 16 Credit Hrs

 

Second Year - Spring Semester

AIS ____ American Indian Studies Course C 3 Credit Hours

CJS ____ CJS Elective M 3 Credit Hours

CJS 2653 Theories of Crime & Deviance M 3 Credit Hours

CJS 3313 Criminal Law II M 3 Credit Hours

GLAE LIT, GVT, or ART/THE E 3 Credit Hours

 

Total Semester 15 Credit Hrs

Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Studies

The Baccalaureate Program of Criminal Justice Studies is the study of the structure, functions and decision-making processes of the police, courts and correctional agencies involved in the control and management of criminal offenders. The discipline examines the causes and patterns of criminal behavior and the role of the law in regulating both crime and the operation of the criminal justice system. Furthermore, the program provides students with the opportunity to gain necessary skills in the area of program development and evaluation as well as planning and research within the field of criminal justice.

 

The Baccalaureate Degree in CJS will serve the following types of students:

1. Those seeking a four-year degree as a prerequisite for entry into the criminal justice field;

2. Those currently in service in the criminal justice system who seek to broaden their skills and obtain job-related knowledge and expertise, and

3. Those currently in the criminal justice system who seek to specialize and/or work in some other area of the system.

 

Core Curriculum Requirements C 45 Credit Hours

CJS Requirements M 40 Credit Hours

CJS Electives E 30 Credit Hours

General Electives* G 9 Credit Hours

Total Program Hours 124 Credit Hours

  • Introduction to Psychology is a course requirement in this category.

 

Recommended Course Sequence:

 

First Year - Fall Semester

ENG 1113 English Composition I C 3 Credit Hours

CJS 1103 Intro to Criminal Justice M 3 Credit Hours

CLE 1103 First Year Seminar C 3 Credit Hours

MTH 1513 College Algebra C 3 Credit Hours

ART or THE Elective C 3 Credit Hours

 

Total Semester 15 Credit Hrs

 

First Year - Spring Semester

ENG 1213 English Composition II C 3 Credit Hours

CJS 2303 Courts & Constitutional Law M 3 Credit Hours

CJS 1123 Drugs, Alcohol, and Crime M 3 Credit Hours

CJS 2313 Criminal Law I M 3 Credit Hours

PSC or SOC Elective C 3 Credit Hours

 

Total Semester 15 Credit Hrs

 

Second Year - Fall Semester

SPC 1713 Speaking and Thinking Critically C 3 Credit Hours

SCI ____ Natural Science with Lab C 4 Credit Hours

CJS 2213 Juvenile Justice M 3 Credit Hours

CJS 2613 Law Enforcement M 3 Credit Hours

CJS 2413 Corrections I M 3 Credit Hours

 

Total Semester 16 Credit Hrs

 

Second Year - Spring Semester

HPE 2112 Personal Health C 2 Credit Hours

CJS 2513 Forensics I M 3 Credit Hours

REL ____ Religion Course C 3 Credit Hours

SOC 2113 Social Problems M 3 Credit Hours

CJS 3313 Criminal Law II (Federal & Tribal) M 3 Credit Hours

AIS 1103 American Indian Studies C 3 Credit Hours

 

Total Semester 17 Credit Hrs

 

Third Year - Fall Semester

CJS 3623 Criminal Investigations M 3 Credit Hours

HIS ____ History Course C 3 Credit Hours

PSY 1113 Intro to Psychology C 3 Credit Hours

CJS ____ CJS Elective M 3 Credit Hours

General Elective M 3 Credit Hours

 

Total Semester 15 Credit Hrs

 

Third Year - Spring Semester

ACC 2113 Financial Accounting E 3 Credit Hours

CJS ____ CJS Elective M 3 Credit Hours

LOGIC 3213 Intro to Critical Thinking C 3 Credit Hours

CJS ____ CJS Elective M 3 Credit Hours

CJS ____ CJS Elective M 3 Credit Hours

 

Total Semester 15 Credit Hrs

 

Fourth Year - Fall Semester

AES 2003 Creativity: Treasuring the Arts C 3 Credit Hours

CJS 4013 Corrections II (State Corrections Law) M 3 Credit Hours

LIT or JRN Elective C 3 Credit Hours

CJS ____ CJS Elective E 3 Credit Hours

CJS ____ CJS Elective E 3 Credit Hours

 

Total Semester 15 Credit Hrs

 

Fourth Year - Spring Semester

CJS 4954 Capstone M 4 Credit Hours

MGT 4113 Organizational Behavior & Leadership M 3 Credit Hours

CJS 4996 CJS Internship M 6 Credit Hours

CJS ____ CJS Elective E 3 Credit Hours

 

Total Semester 16 Credit Hrs

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