The Criminal Justice Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences degree is designed to prepare students for careers in law enforcement, corrections, private security as well as some legal/paralegal positions. Shoreline Community College works closely with local advisory committees and industry professionals to ensure students receive the knowledge and skills currently in demand by employers in the field. Students interested in pursuing a four-year baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice should follow the Criminal Justice AA-DTA transfer degree planning guide.
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NOTE: Credit may be awarded by the CJ advisory for police academy or in-service police training.
AAAS Degree (90 Credits)
Note: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. However, the information is subject to change without notice and final career decisions are the responsibility of the student.
Length of Program: 90 Credits
Completion Award: A.A.A.S. Degree
Enrollment: Fall (recommended), Winter, Spring
Approximate Quarterly Costs: $35-115
(in addition to tuition, books and parking)
High School Diploma or GED and college placement.
General Education - 15 Credits
Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)
Choose one of the following courses: Any college level MATH 100 level, MATH& 107 , MATH& 141 , MATH& 142 , MATH& 146 , MATH& 148 , MATH& 151 , MATH& 152 , MATH& 163 , MATH& 264 , MATH 111 , MATH 207 , MATH 208 , MATH 211 , PHIL& 120 , BUS 102 .
Core Requirements - 20 Credits
Criminal Justice Core Requirements - 40 Credits
Internship is recommended for either 5th or 6th quarter. It is only offered winter and spring quarters
*Internship is recommended for either 5th or 6th quarter. It is only offered winter and spring quarters
Criminal Justice Professional Electives - 15 Credits
Choose from the following courses: CAST 102 /SOC 102 , CAST 202 /SOC 202 , CJ 130 , CJ 135 , CJ& 106 , CJ 245 , SOC 112 , CJ 291 , CJ 292 , CJ 293 , CJ 294 , CJ 295 , CJ 297 , CJ 298 , CJ 299 , CAST 285 /GWS 285
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Criminal Justice-What is it?
The Criminal Justice Program offers students an overview of the historical, governmental and administrative structures that have shaped and continue to influence the field of criminal justice. The program explores relevant ethical and social issues and promotes self-awareness. Students develop skills in human relations, leadership, analytical reasoning and communication and learn methods for effective police patrol and strategies for preventing and investigating criminal activities.
Students who successfully complete this program -by achieving a GPA of 2.0 or better for the entire program-should be able to:
- Evaluate federal and state constitutions and their respective criminal codes.
- Apply basic theories of police operations and management.
- Communicate effectively within the criminal justice system.
- Effectively communicate with the public and respond to various problems many of which may not be criminal in nature.
- Fairly enforce the laws which regulate public conduct.
- Properly identify, collect and preserve evidence.
- Conduct preliminary traffic and criminal investigations, report findings and testify effectively in court.
- Promote security through appropriate application of standard patrol practices and police interventions.
- Understand and apply concepts of community-oriented policing.
Career Opportunities-What can I do with a Degree in Criminal Justice?
The employment outlook is very good with job growth expected to continue over the next decade. Successful employment in many positions - particularly law enforcement positions - is dependent upon passing competitive entrance examinations, meeting various medical requirements, and passing background investigations. Good performance and additional training can enhance opportunities for advancement.
Potential employers include: Graduates can be employed by municipal, county, state or federal law enforcement, juvenile and adult correction facilities, private and corporate security/investigation firms. For more, please visit career information and resources at http://www.shoreline.edu/counseling-center/career-counseling.aspx.
Shoreline Community College
16101 Greenwood Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133-5696