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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Criminal Justice

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Criminal Justice provides students with the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who intend to earn a bachelor`s degree in Criminal Justice and pursue a graduate degree in a related field. With a bachelor`s degree, students may pursue advancement in several fields including local and federal law enforcement, the courts, corrections, security, and investigations. With a graduate degree, students may pursue employment in several areas including criminal justice professors, lawyers, judges, and statisticians. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Administration of Justice Studies as well as six related Certificates of Completion (CCLs) are available.

Program Learning Outcomes
  • Apply fundamental criminal justice principles to situations related to the criminal justice system. (AJS101, AJS109, AJS113, AJS123, AJS212, AJS225, AJS230, AJS240, AJS270, PAD100)
  • Communicate orally, visually and in writing precisely, appropriately, and effectively to varied audiences. (AJS101, AJS109, AJS113, AJS123, AJS212, AJS225, AJS230, AJS240, AJS270, ENG215, ENG216, ENG217, HRM160, MAT206, PAD100, PSY101, REC120, SOC101, SWU171, [C], [CS], [FYC], [G], [H], [HU], [L], [MA], [SB], [SG], [SQ], (COM), (CRE))
  • Apply foundational principles in criminal justice ethics to analyze real life and hypothetical decision-making situations. (AJS101, AJS109, AJS113, AJS123, AJS212, AJS225, AJS230, AJS240, AJS270, MAT206, PAD100, PSY101, SOC101, SWU171, [CS], [MA], [SG], [SQ])
  • Communicate in the language common to the criminal justice system. (AJS101, AJS109, AJS113, AJS123, AJS212, AJS225, AJS230, AJS240, AJS270, ENG215, ENG216, ENG217, PAD100, [FYC], (COM), (CRE))
  • Utilize technology to collect, analyze and communicate data. (AJS101, AJS109, AJS113, AJS123, AJS212, AJS225, AJS230, AJS240, AJS270, MAT206, PAD100, [CS], [FYC], [MA], [SG], [SQ], (COM), (CRE))
  • Demonstrate techniques and skills for developing and maintaining a collaborative and inclusive environment. (AJS101, AJS109, AJS113, AJS123, AJS212, AJS225, AJS230, AJS240, AJS270, HRM160, PAD100, PSY101, REC120, SOC101, SWU171, [C], [G], [H], [HU], [SB], (COM))
  • Synthesize multiple sources of information to support decision making. (AJS101, AJS109, AJS113, AJS123, AJS212, AJS225, AJS230, AJS240, AJS270, ENG215, ENG216, ENG217, MAT206, PAD100, PSY101, SOC101, SWU171, [C], [CS], [FYC], [G], [H], [MA], [SG], [SQ], (COM), (CRE))

Details

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Academic Plan: 
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Criminal Justice (DEG)
Field of Interest: 
Behavioral Science and Human Services
Type: 
Associate Degree
Academic Plan Code: 
8144
Total credits required: 
60-64
Effective term: 
2021 Fall
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:6
AJS101Introduction to Criminal Justice3
AJS123Ethics and the Administration of Justice3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:3-28
Complete all courses in the transfer option that best aligns with your academic and professional goals. If your intended transfer institution is not listed, then select a combination of courses from the transfer options listed in order to meet the minimum credits required in the Restricted Electives section. Consult with an academic, faculty, or program advisor to prevent exceeding your university transfer program`s maximum transferable credits (typically 64).
Transfer Plan 1: Arizona State University (College of Public Service and Community Solutions), Criminology and Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science
AJS113Criminal Justice Crime Control Policies and Practices3
AJS230The Police Function3
AJS240The Correction Function3
Select two of the following courses:
AJS109Substantive Criminal Law3
AJS212Juvenile Justice Procedures3
AJS270Community Relations3
REC120Leisure and the Quality of Life3
PSY101Introduction to Psychology (3) OR
SOC101Introduction to Sociology (3)3
SWU171Introduction to Social Welfare3
Criminal Justice Elective - 3 credits:
Select one course (3 credit hours) that transfers to ASU as a 200-level course with a CRJ prefix. You may select specific courses from the Course Equivalency Guide that satisfy these criteria. Determination is made based on the semester and year the course is taken. Consult with an AJS faculty advisor, program director, and/or academic advisor to identify coursework that best aligns with academic and professional goals.
Transfer Plan 2: Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Justice Studies, Bachelor of Arts
ENG215Strategies of Academic Writing (3) OR
ENG216Persuasive Writing on Public Issues (3) OR
ENG217Personal and Exploratory Writing (3)3
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Completion of a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrating proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Transfer Plan 3: Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Justice Studies, Bachelor of Science
ENG215Strategies of Academic Writing (3) OR
ENG216Persuasive Writing on Public Issues (3) OR
ENG217Personal and Exploratory Writing (3)3
Lower Division Electives - Credits:11-25
Consult with an AJS faculty advisor, program director, and/or academic advisor to identify coursework that best aligns with academic and professional goals.
Transfer Plan 4: Arizona State University (College of Public Service and Community Solutions), Public Service and Public Policy (Criminology), Bachelor of Science
AJS113Criminal Justice Crime Control Policies and Practices3
ENG216Persuasive Writing on Public Issues3
MAT206Elements of Statistics3
PAD10021st Century Public Policy and Service3
Public Programs Elective Requirement - Credits:3
Complete a course that transfers to ASU with the following prefix: CRJ, HST, PAF, POS, SOC, SOS, or SWU (according to the CEG for the term taken). Cannot be met with PAD100 (ASU: PAF 100), PAD200 (ASU: PAF 201), POS110 (ASU: POS 110), or SOC101 (ASU: SOC 101). Consult with an AJS faculty advisor, program director, and/or academic advisor to identify coursework that best aligns with academic and professional goals.
COPP Interdisciplinary Requirement - Credits:6
Students must choose two classes from at least two of the three interdisciplinary area tracks below. Consult with an AJS faculty advisor, program director, and/or academic advisor to identify coursework that best aligns with academic and professional goals.
Interdisciplinary Requirement Track One:
AJS109Substantive Criminal Law3
AJS212Juvenile Justice Procedures3
AJS270Community Relations3
Interdisciplinary Requirement Track Two:
HRM160Tourism Principles and Practices3
REC120Leisure and the Quality of Life3
Interdisciplinary Requirement Track Three:
SWU171Introduction to Social Welfare3
Transfer Plan 5: Northern Arizona University, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science
AJS225Criminology3
Criminology and Criminal Justice Major Elective - Credits:6
Select six credits of AJS course work that transfers as CCJ Departmental Elective. Consult with an AJS faculty advisor, program director, and/or academic advisor to identify coursework that best aligns with academic and professional goals.
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 29-38
A single course with an [HU], [SB], [L], or [SG]/[SQ] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s).
 
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area.
May be met by specific Transfer Plan option selections
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 3-6
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
MAT145College Mathematics with Review (5) OR
MAT146College Mathematics with Review (6) OR
Higher level course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area (3-6)3-6
 
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS] area.
May be met by specific Transfer Plan option selections
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 3
Met by AJS123 Ethics and the Administration of Justice3
AND
Any approved general education courses in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.
Recommend selecting a course that satisfies the Global [G] or Historical [H] awareness area.
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 3
Met by AJS101 Introduction to Criminal Justice3
AND
Any approved general education courses in the Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area. May be met by specific Transfer Plan option selections.
Recommend AJS/EMT/FSC/SWU258 Victimology and Crisis Management
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 8
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area (4) AND
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area or the Natural Sciences (General) [SG] area (4).8
Recommended:
FOR105Forensic Science: Physical Evidence4
FOR106Forensic Science: Biological Evidence4
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-6
These requirements may be shared with Core Requirements.
 
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0-3
0-3
 
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course with the Historical [H] or Global [G] awareness area designation.
 
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Courses in this area may also be applied to the AGEC Core Requirements. To minimize total credits required for degree and maximize transferable credits, it is recommended that courses be selected that meet more than one requirement wherever possible.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
May be met by specific Transfer Plan option selections
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
General Electives
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select additional courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with an AJS faculty advisor, program director, and/or academic advisor to identify coursework that best aligns with academic and professional goals.

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