Criminal Justice Associate's Degree Program Curriculum

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
Program Courses

CJS101

INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE

3

CJS105

INTRODUCTION TO CORRECTIONS

3

CJS201

JUVENILE JUSTICE

3

CJS202

CRIMINAL LAW

3

CJS204

CRIMINAL PROCEDURES

3

CJS---

CRIMINAL JUSTICE ELECTIVE 200+

3

CJS298

SEMINAR

3

Directed Courses

POL229

AMERICAN POLITICS

3

PSY212

SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

3

General Education

FYS101

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR

1

CIS174

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS

3

COM---

COMMUNICATION ELECTIVE

3

ENG103

ENGLISH COMPOSITION I

3

ENG104

ENGLISH COMPOSITION II

3

MTH---

MATHEMATICS ELECTIVE

3

PSY101

INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

3

SCI---

NATURAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE

4

SOC111

INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

3

ZZZ---

GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE

3

ZZZ---

GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE

3

ZZZ---

LAW, BUSINESS OR SOCIAL & BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE

3

Minimum total credits required 62

ACADEMIC PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Jon Warren, M.B.A.
Email: jwarren@LincolnCollegeNE.edu
Campus Extension: 40932

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
This program is designed for students interested in criminal justice and career opportunities in federal or state law enforcement agencies, correctional facilities, or private security. Programmatic and general education coursework provide a broad education that will assist the student upon graduation to continue to pursue an undergraduate education in criminal justice or in another discipline, and begin a career in the field of criminal justice. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of criminal justice theories as well as ethical behavior as it applies to the criminal justice field.

PROGRAM MISSION
The Associate of Science criminal justice program will provide students a comprehensive education emphasizing career and the application of knowledge gained from both specialized and general education coursework. The knowledge gained will assist students seeking to continue their undergraduate education, or employment in the field of criminal justice.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the issues, theories, concepts, and policies germane to the criminal justice field.
  • Identify the ethical principles used in criminal justice.
  • Differentiate between adult and juvenile court procedure.
  • Recognize the variations among state and federal criminal court systems.
  • Analyze the relationships between law enforcement, courts, and correctional systems.
  • Secure an entry-level position in many of the field’s various career opportunities.

PROGRAM COURSES

CJS101 Introduction to Criminal Justice

 3 credits

This course provides a general introduction to the field of criminal justice. In addition to an examination of the effectiveness of the system, history and theories are presented. Special emphasis is placed on the role of law enforcement within the criminal justice system.

CJS105 Introduction to Corrections

  3 credits

This course provides an overview of the role of incarceration in society. Topics include an examination of physical prison facilities, current treatment theories, sentencing and its goals, and alternatives to incarceration.

 

CJS201 Juvenile Justice     

   3 credits

This course provides an overview of the juvenile justice system. Emphasis is placed on the effectiveness of the system in dealing with the needs of society and the juvenile offender.
Prerequisites: CJS101, CJS105

CJS202 Criminal Law    

3 credits

This course presents an overview of the history, purposes, and effectiveness of federal and state criminal law. Topics include identification of the elements of a crime and an examination of specific types of crimes and their assigned penalties.
Prerequisites: CJS101, CJS105

CJS204 Criminal Procedure

3 credits

This course presents an in-depth look at the United States Constitution as it relates to the rights of the accused. Due process and the procedures to protect guaranteed rights within the criminal justice system are examined.
Prerequisites: CJS101, CJS105

CJS Elective 200+

3 credits

CJS298 Seminar

 3 credits

This capstone course explores potential career paths and contemporary developments in the criminal justice arena. Professional development is encouraged. Discussion of issues in the workplace, and development of employer search techniques are included. 
Prerequisite: Final term

DIRECTED COURSES

POL229 American Politics   

3 credits

This course is a study of the organization and functions of the United States Federal government. It examines the roles and interplay of the primary political players, including elected officials, the federal court system, special interest groups, the media, and the American public. It also examines such topics as Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, the Welfare State, Foreign and Defense policy, and other influences.

PSY212 Social Psychology   

3 credits

This course explores the influence of others on an individual’s social cognition. Attention is given to topics of conformity, aggression, interpersonal relations, stereotyping, and the role of culture.
Prerequisite: PSY101

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES

FYS101 First-Year Seminar

1 credit

This seminar serves as an introduction to fundamental academic success strategies. The course also provides opportunities for self-awareness that support students through the transition to college. Campus services, career development, and cross-curricular competencies are also covered. This is a graded course and is a requirement for graduation.

CIS174 Computer Applications

3 credits

This course provides a hands-on overview of computer applications utilizing particular software with emphasis on computer use for business purposes. Word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software projects are included. Students develop a logical approach to problem-solving in relation to storing, retrieving, and analyzing information for reports and projects. Problems and issues related to computer-based information systems are discussed.

COM---Communication Elective

3 credits

ENG103 English Composition I

3 credits

This is a writing-intensive introductory course that emphasizes the writing process, including focus on audiences and purpose in writing, patterns of argument, introductory research, and the review of grammar and mechanics. Both career and academic documents will be assigned, with the goal of learning to write in a professional style, both in college and beyond. Students should expect to produce a total of twelve to fifteen pages of edited writing during the course.

ENG104 English Composition II

3 credits

Students will build on the skills learned in English 103 to move beyond the basic college essay to writing more complex essays using causal analysis, persuasion, and argument. This course will focus on reading complex texts, and using the research skills introduced in English 103 to develop, research, write and revise a full-length research paper. Class assignments and discussion will focus on introducing, reinforcing, and emphasizing critical thinking skills in a multi-cultural environment.
Prerequisite: ENG103

MTH---Mathematics Elective

3 credits

PSY101 Introduction to Psychology

3 credits

This course provides an introduction to the basic principles underlying mental and behavioral processes, biopsychology, sensation and perception, learning, memory, and language. In addition, research methodology, psychopathology and treatments are discussed.

SCI---Natural Sciences Elective w/ Lab

4 credits

 

SOC111 Introduction to Sociology

3 credits

This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of society and an analysis of the relationships of people to family, religion, education, politics, economics, and community. Changes in society and an individual’s influence on society are emphasized.

ZZZ---Law, Business, or Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective

3 credits

 

ZZZ---General Education Elective

3 credits

 

ZZZ---General Education Elective

3 credits

               

 

 

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