Award: Associate of Arts Degree – Option in Arts & Sciences
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The A.A. degree option in Criminal Justice is designed to
prepare students for transfer to baccalaureate programs
with majors in Criminal Justice. This option provides
students an overview of various aspects of the Criminal
Justice major and prepares students to complete the last
two years at a four-year institution.
Upon completion of the AA or AAS degree criminal justice program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the Criminal Justice discipline, including knowledge of police, courts and corrections, and theories of crime and justice.
- Differentiate between the various components of the criminal justice system, the purposes and objectives of these components, and their roles in the community.
- Explain individuals’ motivation to commit crime in terms of various criminological theories.
- Apply the rules of criminal law and criminal procedure to make appropriate decisions identifying criminal offenses, and arresting, searching, interrogating and identifying criminal suspects.
Several Maryland colleges and universities offer majors in
criminal justice. Graduates of this program may apply for
transfer into many colleges or universities in Maryland or
to public and private colleges nationwide
Students interested in criminal justice are employable in many
areas of law enforcement. Some frequently chosen occupations
are local, state and federal law enforcement officers, probation
and parole officers, customs and immigration inspectors, fish
and game wardens, park rangers, and correctional officers.
All of the above-mentioned criminal justice occupations are
expected to experience a growth rate in openings higher than
the average for all professions. The projected national average
growth rate for all professions through 2012 is 1.4%
but, for criminal justice careers, the growth rate is projected
to be 11%for police officers, 7% for customs
agents, and 8% for probation and parole officers.
Recommended Course Sequence
* CJ 104 (Procedural Law and Evidence) is usually
offered only in Fall semester. CJ 111 (Principles of Criminal Law) is usually offered only in Spring semester.
** General electives should be chosen based upon
the requirements of the institution to which
transfer is planned.
Students interested in forensic science as a major should
reference the chemistry program in this catalog.