Associate of Applied Science Degree

Criminal Justice (Online Associate's Program)

This program teaches fundamentals of the criminal justice system and criminal justice skills. The program offers a foundation in criminal law, legal procedures, criminal evidence and criminology. Areas of study include law enforcement, the courts and corrections. Students are taught about the legal system and law enforcement standards to help them develop technical skills used in todays criminal justice environment. The curriculum is designed to offer a balance of theory and application used in the field by integrating interpersonal skills and criminal justice subject matter. The program examines the criminal justice process in the United States and involves the study of interpersonal communication skills. Program content includes communication, criminology, courts, correctional programs, criminal investigations, security and policing.

The program can help graduates prepare for careers in community corrections, the private investigation and security fields and law enforcement*. Upon completion of the program, graduates will have developed knowledge and skills that can be used to pursue entry-level positions involving a broad spectrum of criminal justice careers in the private sector involving workplace security, private investigations, and insurance investigations as private detectives, safety officers and security patrol officers. The program also offers the academic preparation to pursue entry-level positions involving criminal justice, such as local, state and federal law enforcement jobs in policing*, crime commissions, parole and probation, corrections and court systems.

*This program of study may not qualify a graduate for a career in law enforcement involving employment as a police officer or agent by federal, state, county, local or municipal authorities. An applicant must contact the applicable governmental authority prior to beginning the program at the school to determine if there are any specific requirements and/or qualifications that a candidate must satisfy to be eligible for employment as a police officer or agent by that authority. Those requirements and/or qualifications may include, among other things, that a candidate must: (a) successfully complete an academy or other specialized training; (b) be younger than a certain age; (c) pass a physical, mental and/or personality examination; (d) pass a background check; (e) not have a criminal record; (f) be a graduate from an institution that is regionally accredited (as opposed to nationally accredited, such as ITT Technical Institute); (g) complete a certain number of credit hours or a certain type of degree program at an accredited postsecondary educational institution; (h) have served a certain number of years in the military; (i) have a certain number of years of prior law enforcement experience; (j) be a U.S. citizen and/or a resident of the governmental authoritys jurisdiction; (k) have earned a bachelor or graduate degree in certain areas of study; and/or (l) have a valid drivers license.

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Refer to the Admission section of this catalog for information relating to Admission Requirements and Procedures for this program.

Prior to starting any of the online courses in this program, the student must complete the online course orientation, which describes the protocols that the student must follow when taking an online course.

The student is responsible, at his or her expense, for providing all supplies and equipment for the students use in the online courses in the program, including, without limitation, a computer (and the associated accessories and peripheral equipment, including without limitation, a monitor, keyboard and printer), software and Internet service.

All of the courses offered at the school in this program are distance education courses and are taught online over the Internet, rather than in residence at the school. Each course will be taught over a period of either (a) six weeks or (b) 12 weeks, as determined by the school from time to time in its discretion. Courses are delivered through an asynchronous learning network. There is a prescribed completion schedule for the activities in each course. Support materials for each course will be sent to the student. These materials may include a course syllabus, a textbook(s), a CD-ROM(s) and other printed documents required for the course. Students will be assigned to a class for each course. Students in each course will interact with their classmates and the instructor through discussion board and e-mail systems.

Online Student Preparation - Prior to starting any of the online courses in this program, the student is encouraged to complete the online student preparation, which describes the protocols that the student must follow when taking an online course.

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The student must have access to a computer (and the associated accessories and peripheral equipment), software and Internet service that satisfy the following specifications:

Minimum Requirements for Computer: Pentium III or equivalent PC-compatible (MacIntosh or Unix-based machines are not supported), 256MB RAM (512MB preferred), CD-ROM, 2GB free space (5GB preferred) on master hard drive.

Minimum Requirements for Software: Windows XP or 2000 (or higher), Microsoft Office Professional 2003 (or higher), Internet Explorer 6.0 (or higher), and functional e-mail address with file attachment capabilities. The student will be required to obtain any software tools, plug-ins and/or applications identified in the course syllabus for any course in the program of study.

Minimum Requirements for Internet Service: 56Kb modem (Cable or DSL connection strongly preferred).

The student is obligated for any expense associated with obtaining access to the above specified computer equipment, software and Internet service. No school-owned computer equipment, software or Internet service will be accessible to the student.

Classes generally range in size from 20 to 40 students. Depending on the course subject matter, certain classes may contain a greater or lesser number of students.

Course Number Course Credit Hours
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Unspecified General Education Courses+
16
GE175
American Government+

This course covers principles and theory related to the United States government, including the development and foundations of the Constitution, the organization and function of the federal government including the legislative, executive and judicial branches, political parties and the electoral process, and the relationship between states and the federal government. Prerequisite: GE117 Composition I or equivalent

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4
GE375
Psychology+

This course introduces psychological theories from behavioristic, humanistic and biological viewpoints. Primary focus is on exploring how selected principles of psychology apply to students' personal lives and social behavior. Students apply the skills of critical thinking, observation, and information gathering and analysis as they practice social science and scientific methodology. Prerequisite: GE117 Composition I or equivalent

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4
Subtotal 24.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
CJ123
Criminal Law+

This course introduces the student to criminal law, which involves the imposition of penalties for engaging in criminal conduct. The course also explores the distinction between criminal law, which typically is enforced by the government, and civil law, which may be enforced by private parties. Prerequisites: GE175 American Government or equivalent, GE217 Composition II or equivalent, An introductory level Criminal Justice or Paralegal Studies course

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4
CJ131
Introduction to Criminal Justice+

This survey course introduces the student to the scope, principles and purposes of the American criminal justice system with emphasis on crime, law enforcement, courts and corrections.

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4
CJ132
Criminal Justice Organization and Administration+

This course examines the organization, administration and practice of police, courts and correctional organizations at the federal, state and municipal levels. Prerequisite: CJ131 Introduction to Criminal Justice

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4
CJ133
Criminology+

This course offers an interdisciplinary and integrative approach to the study of crime. It includes an overview of criminological theories of causation, treatment and punishment. Prerequisite: CJ131 Introduction to Criminal Justice

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4
CJ151
Principles of Policing and Law Enforcement+

This course is an introduction to policing and law enforcement in America including a historical and social review of policing and law enforcement. Emphasis is placed on contemporary strategies used in modern law enforcement organizations and administration to combat and prevent crime.

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4
CJ152
Law Enforcement Reporting and Recording+

This course introduces students to fundamental guidelines for reports common to the criminal justice community. The course also studies how computers and technology are used as tools in this process. Prerequisite: GE217 Composition II or equivalent

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4
CJ211
Correctional Programs: Probation and Parole+

This introduction to the probation and parole system in the United States tracks the progress of an individual through each phase of the system. Prerequisite: CJ131 Introduction to Criminal Justice

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4
CJ241
Criminal Investigation+

This course explores theoretical and practical aspects of criminal investigation and introduces the student to investigative processes, procedures and challenges. Prerequisite: CJ131 Introduction to Criminal Justice

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4
CJ242
Forensics and Crime Scene Investigation+

This course explores the evolution and role of forensics in criminal justice and scientific crime scene investigation. Emphasis is placed on identification and detection methods and the collection and gathering of evidence. Prerequisites: CJ241 Criminal Investigation, TB143 Introduction to Personal Computers or TB145 Introduction to Computing or TB150 Computing and Productivity Software

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4
CJ243
The Criminalistics of Cybercrime+

This course examines the scope of cybercrimes and the cybersecurity threat and legal considerations facing law enforcement and cybersecurity professionals in dealing with discovering, investigating and prosecuting cybercrimes. The role of intrusion detection in information security and different tools used to detect intrusion will also be discussed. Prerequisite: CJ242 Forensics and Crime Scene Investigation

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4
CJ253
Policing Techniques: Interviewing and Interrogation+

This course explores police techniques and tactics used to combat and prevent crime. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge and working skills involved in the art of interviewing and interrogating witnesses and suspects, and the relevant legal parameters that must be followed during field procedures. Prerequisite: CJ151 Principles of Policing and Law Enforcement

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4
CJ261
Essentials of Security+

This course offers an overview of security elements and types of security organizations with a focus on security measures used to protect lives, property and proprietary information through risk management and asset protection. Prerequisite: CJ131 Introduction to Criminal Justice

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4
CJ264
Transportation Security+

This course examines current and future threats to the transportation systems and discusses methods and technologies designed to confront these threats. Coverage of relevant security issues relating to transportation by sea, land, pipeline and air will be included.

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4
CJ299
Criminal Justice Capstone+

This course provides a culminating experience after two years of study in the criminal justice program. Students are given the opportunity to demonstrate competency and knowledge they have learned throughout the program. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 80 credits earned in the program of study including CJ242 Forensics and Crime Scene Investigation or equivalent

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Subtotal 56.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
TB139A
Strategies for Learning in a Technical Environment+

The course reviews characteristics and trends of the global information society and including basic information processing, Internet research, other skills used by the technical professional and techniques that can be used for independent technical learning.

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4
TB141
Introduction to Productivity Software+

The course covers the fundamentals of productivity software. Emphasis is placed on word processing, spreadsheets, file management, and presentations as well as integration of productivity software.

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4
TB145
Introduction to Computing+

The course offers an overview of the computing field and computer technology trends with emphasis on terminology and concepts related to PC hardware and software components and their functions from a hands-on approach. Entry-level hands-on skills as well as theory in handling PC hardware will be taught.

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4
TB332
Professional Procedures and Portfolio Development+

Students are required to plan and compile their projects in the form of a portfolio. Instruction on interviewing procedures and writing business communications is also included in this course. Prerequisite: Students must have completed 72 quarter credit hours prior to taking this course

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Subtotal 16.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
Program Total
96
Subtotal 96.0

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Notes

+In this program, this course is a distance education course that is taught online over the Internet, rather than in residence at the school. Refer to the Online Course Information section of this catalog for additional information relating to these courses.

++In this program, the Unspecified General Education courses are distance education courses taught online over the Internet, rather than in residence at the school. Refer to the Course Descriptions section of the catalog for the general education category pertaining to each general education course.

**General Education courses include courses in the humanities, composition, mathematics, the sciences and the social sciences. Students must satisfactorily complete at least one course in each of the following categories: the humanities, composition, mathematics and the social sciences. Refer to the Course Descriptions section of this catalog for the general education category pertaining to each general education course.

NOTE: The course descriptions for the courses in this program are in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog . The school may, at any time in its discretion, vary the offering and/or sequence of courses in this program, revise the curriculum content of the program or any course in the program and change the number of credit hours in the program or in any program course.