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About the CCPS Associate of Science in Criminal Justice

The field of criminal justice examines the environmental, psychological, and biological causes of criminal behavior, the social institutions that deal with crime, modes of criminal investigation and conviction, and how crime can be prevented.

Criminal justice professionals commonly work for academic institutions, law enforcement or other government agencies, and correctional facilities.

In addition to the course offerings, departmental majors are encouraged to work in community, social and/or correctional agencies where they can apply classroom knowledge to real problems.

Students should have math skills equivalent to MATH 100 or higher before enrolling in BSCI 274.

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Associate of Science in Criminal Justice

The Associate of Science in Criminal Justice requires 24 credit hours.

CRIM 120: Principles of Criminal Justice
3 credit hours

A survey course designed to familiarize students with the American system of criminal justice, theories of crime causation, and society’s response to crime. The course provides a general overview of the agencies responsible for the administration of justice by examining the history, structure, and functions of law enforcement, the judicial system, and corrections.

CRIM 201: Law and Society
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CRIM 120. Considers social, cultural and political forces which influence the formation of laws and legislative processes. Theories of the origins of law are discussed and then applied to historical legal cases.

CRIM 211: Police Patrol
3 credit hours

Responsibilities, powers and duties of the uniformed patrol officer, patrol procedures, mechanics of arrest and all other functions of the officer on patrol.

CRIM 221: Victimology
3 credit hours

Analysis of major perspectives on victimization. Emphasis is on the role of the victim in the generation of crime, experience of the victim in the criminal justice system and on patterns of victimization.

CRIM 222: Introduction to Forensic Science
3 credit hours

This course provides a basic overview of the theoretical frameworks and techniques used in forensic science. The focus will be on the history and development of the field and subfields of forensic science, crime scene analysis, and methodologies utilized for collection and interpretation of crime scene data.

CRIM 232: Criminal Justice Organization and Management
3 credit hours

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the organization, administration and management procedures and techniques as they apply to criminal justice agencies. Special focus on modern management and organizational theory as it applies to criminal justice agencies in the areas of public relations, communication, personnel development and labor management.

Choose Two (6 hrs.):

CRIM 104: Ethics in Criminal Justice
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CRIM 120.  A study of ethical thoughts and issues facing the criminal justice professional. Topics include constitutional ethics and professional code of conduct.

BSCI 200: Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSYC 120SOCI 120, or CRIM 120. Considers the major methods of the social sciences, including applied statistics. Topics include: research design, surveys, secondary data and other unobtrusive methods, evaluation research, sampling and research reports.

BSCI 274: Statistical Foundations for Behavioral Sciences
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CRIM 120PSYC 120, or SOCI 120 and a college-level math course. This course provides a general overview of descriptive and inferential statistical techniques behavioral researchers use to analyze data. Topics will include frequency distributions and graphing, measures of central tendency, variation, and relative standing, simple linear regression, and hypothesis testing. Should be taken before a student accumulates 60 credit hours (junior status).

A Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree is also available.