Criminal Justice (Associate of Applied Science)

Award: Associate of Applied Science
Degree Code: CRJU
Number of Credits: 60

Program Description

The Criminal Justice program is focused toward the professional and educational needs of students interested in careers in criminal justice and toward current criminal justice personnel who desire to increase their proficiency or to improve their professional career opportunities.

Transfer Information

Cecil College has articulation agreements with Maryland and regional institutions. Click on "Transfer Opportunities" in MyCecil under the Advising tab for a list of transfer pathways. In addition, transfer information is available through ARTSYS (The Articulation System of Maryland). Contact your advisor for detailed information.

Required Courses

The computer literacy requirement will be met throughout the coursework in the degree program.

General Education Requirements

Course Number Course Title Credits
BIO or
CHM or
PHY
Biology Science Elective with Lab [S/SL] or
Chemistry Science Elective with Lab [S/SL] or
Physics Science Elective with Lab [S/SL]
4
EGL 101 College Composition [E] 3
HST 202 United States History II [H] 3
MAT 127 Introduction to Statistics [M] 4
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology [SS] 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology [SS] 3
SPH 141 Public Speaking [H] 3
SPN 101 Introductory Spanish I [H] 3

Program Requirements

Course Number Course Title Credits
CRJ 101 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System 3
CRJ 110 Police Community Relations 3
CRJ 133 Forensic Techniques in Crime Scene Investigations 3
CRJ 201 Criminal Investigation 3
CRJ 205 Criminal Law 3
CRJ 208 Ethics in the Criminal Justice System 3
CRJ 214 Delinquency and Juvenile Justice 3
CRJ 221 Criminology 3
CRJ 225 Police Organization and Administration 3
CRJ 275 Physical Fitness 1
CRJ 299 Cooperative Education Experience in Criminal Justice 3
EGL 211 Technical Writing 3

Recommended Sequence

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program as a full-time student. Developmental and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Students should consult their degree audit at MyCecil or an academic advisor for individual degree planning.

Course Number Course Title
Fall I (13 credits)
EGL 101 College Composition
CRJ 101 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
CRJ 225 Police Organization and Administration
CRJ 275 Physical Fitness
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
Spring I (15 credits)
EGL 211 Technical Writing
CRJ 133 Forensic Techniques in Crime Scene Investigations
CRJ 205 Criminal Law
CRJ 221 Criminology
SPH 141 Public Speaking
Fall II (16 credits)
MAT 127 Introduction to Statistics
CRJ 110 Police Community Relations
CRJ 201 Criminal Investigation
CRJ 214 Delinquency and Juvenile Justice
SPN 101 Introductory Spanish I
Spring II (16 credits)
BIO or
CHM or
PHY
Biology Science Elective with Lab or
Chemistry Science Elective with Lab or
Physics Science Elective with Lab
CRJ 208 Ethics in the Criminal Justice System
CRJ 299 Cooperative Education Experience in Criminal Justice
HST 202 United States History II
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate theories about crime and criminal behavior.
  • Critically evaluate laws and court decisions about crime and criminal behavior.
  • Explain the organization and administration of the criminal justice system.
  • Explain the role of research in criminal justice.
  • Analyze how personal values may conflict with the ethical standards for criminal justice professionals.
  • Analyze how ethical principles and ethical codes of conduct apply to criminal justice professionals.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities in Criminal Justice may include law enforcement, court systems, corrections, criminal investigation, detective services, forensics, and security services.