A55180 Total credit hours: 66
The Criminal Justice Technology curriculum is designed to provide knowledge of criminal justice systems and operations. Study will focus on local, state, and federal law enforcement, judicial processes, corrections, and security services. The criminal justice system’s role within society will be explored.
Emphasis is on criminal justice systems, criminology, juvenile justice, criminal and constitutional law, investigative principles, ethics, and community relations. Additional study may include issues and concepts of government, communications, computers, and technology.
Employment opportunities exist in a variety of local, state, and federal law enforcement, corrections, and security fields. Examples include county detention officer, intensive probation/parole surveillance officer, correctional officer, and loss prevention specialist. With additional training, employment opportunities include police officer, deputy sheriff, state trooper, wildlife officer, and alcohol enforcement officer.
Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:
- Use critical thinking to identify the fundamental building blocks and rules of investigation. Identify the elements of crimes, apply constitutional principles, and avoid civil liability.
- Communicate effectively through listening, speaking, and writing in courtroom testimony, documentation, and interaction with team members and the public.
- Identify terms, positions, roles, equipment, and techniques to work effectively and efficiently in teams.
In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are technical standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability, and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of criminal justice. These technical standards are available from the academic advisor or program faculty. Criminal Justice Technical Standards (PDF)
NOTE: Special legal requirements exist which may limit the ability of an individual to obtain pre-employment experience, employment, or licensure in this field. Prospective students should obtain additional information from a College counselor or program faculty member prior to seeking admission.
Advanced Standing - Students who hold the Probationary Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Officer certification or general certification and who have successfully completed Basic Law Enforcement Training will receive 19 semester hours of credit toward the Associate in Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice. Students will receive credit for the following courses:
- CJC 121 Law Enforcement Operations (CAA) Credit Hours: 3.00
- CJC 131 Criminal Law Credit Hours: 3.00
- CJC 132 Course Procedure & Evidence Credit Hours: 3.00
- CJC 221 Investigative Principals Credit Hours: 4.00
- CJC 231 Constitutional Law Credit Hours: 3.00
- CJC 232 Civil Liability Credit Hours: 3.00