Award: Associate of Applied Sciences Degree – Option in
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The Criminal Justice track of the Legal Studies program
prepares students for employment in a variety of criminal
justice professions. Students interested in the Criminal Justice
track will acquire knowledge enabling them to assess the
criminal justice system and learn the occupational features
of police work. This track is also designed for practicing
professionals who desire to advance their education.
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.
Students interested in transfer should consult an academic
advisor early in their studies and before selecting elective
courses. One option for students interested in a Bachelor's
degree is Harford Community College's dual admissions
program with University of Maryland University College.
Other options include the articulation agreements with the University of Baltimore and the Johns Hopkins School of Education. Students interested in transfer to baccalaureate programs
with majors in criminal justice should pursue the A.A. degree
option in Criminal Justice.
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 111 (Principles of Criminal Law) is usually
offered only in Spring semester.
** CJ 104 (Procedural Law and Evidence) is usually
offered only in Fall semester.