Criminal Justice

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Criminal Justice

The Associate of Arts in criminal justice is designed for you to complete the first two years of a bachelor's degree at CCD and transfer to a university to complete a criminal justice Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.

In this program, criminal justice, policing and correction systems are explored. Studying criminal justice gives us a better understanding of the three main parts of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, the judicial system and corrections. This program focuses closely on criminal behavior, criminal law and constitutional law. Criminal justice requires a willingness to be understanding of different cultures. This program introduces you to the study of criminal justice and includes courses that are common to all Colorado four-year institutions.

Some careers require a bachelor's degree. Career paths for criminal justice degree holders lead to a variety of federal, state and local criminal justice agencies. These include correctional institutions, juvenile corrections, and treatment facilities, law enforcement agencies, courts, private security and investigation work. The Associate of Arts degree in criminal justice prepares you to complete the second half of a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice at a four-year university.

Course Map

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
CRJ 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice: GT-SS3 1 3
ENG 121 English Composition I: GT-CO1 1,2 3
MAT 135 Intro to Statistics: GT-MA1 1,3 3
Choose One Communications Course 3
Public Speaking  
Interpersonal Communication  
Choose One Arts & Humanities Course (GT-AH1~AH4) 4 3
Art History Ancient to Medieval: GT-AH1  
Art Appreciation: GT-AH1  
Art History Renaissance to Modern: GT-AH1  
Music Appreciation: GT-AH1  
 Subtotal15
Second Semester
CRJ 125 Policing Systems 3
CRJ 145 Correctional Process 3
ENG 122 English Composition II: GT-CO2 2 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology I: GT-SS3 3
Choose One Natural & Physical Sciences (GT-SC1~GT-SC2) 5 4
Cultural Anthropology: GT-SS3  
General Psychology I: GT-SS3  
American Government: GT-SS1  
 Subtotal16
Third Semester
CRJ 127 Crime Scene Investigation 3
CRJ 205 Principles of Criminal Law 3
BIO 105 Science of Biology with Lab: GT-SC1 4
Choose One Elective 3
Environmental Sociology: GT-SS3  
Sociology of Deviant Behavior: GT-SS3  
Abnormal Psychology: GT-SS3  
Introduction to Forensic Anthropology: GT-SS3  
Choose One Arts & Humanities course (GT-AH1~GT-AH4) 4 3
Ethics: GT-AH3  
Intro to Philosophy: GT-AH3  
Humanities: Early Civilization: GT-AH2  
Ethnic Literature: GT-AH2  
 Subtotal16
Fourth Semester
GEY 111 Physical Geology with Lab: GT-SC1 4
Choose One History Course (GT-HI1) 3
Western Civilization: Antiquity-1650: GT-HI1  
Western Civilization: 1650-Present: GT-HI1  
The World: Antiquity-1500: GT-HI1  
The World: 1500-Present: GT-HI1  
Choose One Social & Behavioral Sciences (GT-SS3) 3
American State and Local Government: GT-SS1  
Sociology of Deviant Behavior: GT-SS3  
Introduction to Forensic Anthropology: GT-SS3  
Human Sexuality: GT-SS3  
Abnormal Psychology: GT-SS3  
Choose One Elective 3
American Government: GT-SS1  
American State and Local Government: GT-SS1  
Human Sexuality: GT-SS3  
Abnormal Psychology: GT-SS3  
Sociology of Deviant Behavior: GT-SS3  
 Subtotal13
 Total Credits60
1

Building Block Course

2

Students can take ENG 122 and an additional GT-CO3 course instead of ENG 121 and ENG 122.

3

One GT Pathways course (GT-MA1), prefer MAT 135: Introduction to Statistics, except: Colorado Mesa University requires either MAT 120: Mathematics for the Liberal Arts or MAT 121: College Algebra; University of Northern Colorado requires MAT 135: Introduction to Statistics.

4

Must be from two different categories. (GT-AH1~GT-AH4)

5

One course must be lab-based (GT-SC1).

NOTE: Additional CRJ courses beyond the courses identified above may not count toward the criminal justice major at the receiving four-year institution. Meet with your academic advisor for more information.

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Criminal Justice

This Associate of Applied Science degree prepares you for the critical work in community corrections. These courses may be accepted, on an individual basis, when pursuing a bachelor's degree in criminal justice in preparation for a career in law enforcement, corrections, and probation and parole environments.

Course MAP

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
HUM 121 Humanities: Early Civilization: GT-AH2 3
ENG 121 English Composition I: GT-CO1 3
MAT 107 Career Math 3
SOC 215 Contemporary Social Problems: GT-SS3 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology I: GT-SS3 3
 Subtotal15
Second Semester
CRJ 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice: GT-SS3 3
CRJ 125 Policing Systems 3
CRJ 145 Correctional Process 3
CRJ 205 Principles of Criminal Law 3
CRJ 236 CRJ Research Methods 3
 Subtotal15
Third Semester
CRJ 127 Crime Scene Investigation 3
CRJ 135 Judicial Function 3
CRJ 210 Constitutional Law 3
CRJ 230 Criminology 3
CRJ 231 Introduction to Forensic Science and Criminalistics 3
 Subtotal15
Fourth Semester
CRJ 257 Victimology 3
CRJ 275 Special Topics 3
PSM 110 School Violence 3
PSM 104 Introduction to Emergency Management 3
PSM 204 Terrorism, Intelligence, and Justice 3
 Subtotal15
 Total Credits60

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Homeland Security

The homeland security certificate prepares you for positions in policing with an emphasis in homeland security. The certificate features an integration of current practices and technologies used by first responders and the government to protect the public against safety threats. The certificate is fully transferable to the criminal justice A.A.S. degree.

Course Map

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
CRJ 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice: GT-SS3 1 3
CRJ 125 Policing Systems 3
CRJ 145 Correctional Process 3
CRJ 205 Principles of Criminal Law 3
CRJ 236 CRJ Research Methods 3
 Subtotal15
Second Semester
Choose One Elective 3
Crime Scene Investigation  
Judicial Function  
Criminology  
Introduction to Forensic Science and Criminalistics  
Victimology  
Terrorism, Intelligence, and Justice  
Choose One Elective 3
Crime Scene Investigation  
Judicial Function  
Criminology  
Introduction to Forensic Science and Criminalistics  
Victimology  
Special Topics  
Terrorism, Intelligence, and Justice  
 Subtotal6
 Total Credits21
1

 Building Block Course

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