Criminal Justice (CIP Code: 43.0103, 43.0113)Download Program Outline
Program Title: Criminal Justice
Completion Award: Associate of Applied Science Degree
Contact Hours: 900
Outside Study Hours: 1800
Semester Credits: 60 hours (including 15 semester credits of General Studies)
Program Duration: 120 weeks
Cost per Credit Hour: $249
Total Tuition: $14,940
Course Materials and Fees: $125
Total Course Materials and Fees: $2,500**
Total Cost of AAS Program: $17,440 (including course materials and fees)
The program prepares the student to apply theories and practices of organizational management and criminal justice to the administration of public law enforcement agencies and operations. Material covered will include law enforcement history and theory, operational command leadership, administration of public police organizations, labor relations, incident response strategies, legal and regulatory responsibilities, budgeting, public relations, and organizational leadership.
Please be advised individuals with prior felony convictions will be precluded from obtaining employment in any criminal justice field.
Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate should be able to:
- ✓ Identify current trends in the areas of corrections, policing, criminal justice, and criminology.
- ✓ Explain the fundamental concepts underlying the U.S. criminal justice system.
- ✓ Demonstrate knowledge of the court system and legal process.
- ✓ Apply the principles of clinical and criminal laboratory science, investigative techniques, and criminology to the reconstruction of crimes and the analysis of physical evidence.
- ✓ Utilize accepted practices of laboratory science, laboratory procedures, criminology and police science.
- ✓ Perform and evaluate evidentiary testing and analysis, reconstruction techniques, evidence handling and storage practices, and identify the appropriate applications applicable to specific types of evidence and crimes.
- ✓ Descript and interpret principles, procedures, techniques, legal concerns, and problems associated with a criminal investigation.
- ✓ Explain and quantify administrative law and procedures, courtroom evidence management and preparation, case presentation and court testimony.
- ✓ Define the principles regarding suspect description and identification, state and federal criminal law and procedures, informant and suspect rights, officer liability, informant and witness management, and victim awareness.
The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice will assist in preparing students for entry- level careers in federal law enforcement, state and local police work, probation/parole, and/or corrections, if other criteria established by the employer/agency are met. ABTU's program courses are designed in sequential order. Therefore, the student must complete the given course before progressing to the next course in the sequence.
In order for students to successfully complete their program, all required materials must be completed, submitted, and within the maximum program duration. Students who fail to complete the program at this level may appeal to the Director of Education for an extension.
Students must also complete the proctored Degree Exit Examination for this program to graduate.
Students can complete a course with a grade of "D" or 1.0, however, in order to meet SAP requirements and be able to graduate, the student has to have an overall average of "C" or (2.0 out of 4.0) for all courses and be able to complete all work required within 150% of the program duration or an additional year of the published length whichever is less.
* This course has a proctored final exam. Please refer to the Proctored Examination Policy and Procedure in the College Catalog or on the website at: www.abtu.acot.edu/policies.htm
** For a detailed breakdown and description of the course materials, please refer to Course Materials under the Student Services section of the catalog.
|Required Courses||Credit Hours|
|CIS-100||Information Technology and Distance Learning 3||3|
|CIS-110||Integrated Business Applications||3|
|CJ-100||Introduction to Criminal Justice and Administration||3|
|CJ-120||Introduction to Law and the Court System||3*|
|PSY-100||Essentials of Psychology||3|
|CJ-130||Corrections and the Prison System||3*|
|CJ-140||Introduction to Policing||3|
|CJ-240||Introduction to Security||3*|
|CST-200||Principles of Information Security||3|
|General Courses||Credit Hours|
|GEC-100||Basic English and Communications||3|