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2019-2020 College Catalog 
2019-2020 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice Pre-Major, AA-DTA Planning Guide

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How to use this Planning Guide:

This planning guide is a tool to help you understand what classes are recommended for this pre-major; review this information with your advisor as you develop an educational plan. 

  • Use the fillable AA-DTA Degree Planning Guide  with the information below to plan your path to completing this pre-major. 
  • Click on “print degree planner”  for a print-friendly version of this planning guide
  • The Class Schedule will tell you which classes each quarter meet requirements for your pre-major. 
  • The Annual Schedule  can provide information about when classes are typically offered throughout the year.

Where does my path start?

You will complete an Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) at Shoreline.

Once you complete your Shoreline degree, you can transfer to a four-year school to earn a baccalaureate degree in Law or Criminal Justice.

What courses should I take?

This unofficial guide is intended to support you as you prepare for your major. Please consult with an advisor and your chosen four-year school(s), as program and admissions requirements vary and may change without notice.

NOTE: Credit may be awarded by the CJ advisor for Police academy or in-service police training.

General Education Requirements - 20 Credits

Multicultural Understanding (5 Credits)

Select one of the following courses:

HUM 105 , CMST 203 , CMST 285 , GWS 284 , HIST 245 , MCS 105 , PSYC 230 .

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)

Choose one of the following classes:

MATH& 107 , MATH 111 , MATH& 141 , MATH& 142 , MATH& 146 , MATH& 148 , MATH& 151 , MATH& 152 , MATH& 163 , MATH 207 , MATH 208 , MATH 211 , MATH& 264 , PHIL& 120 . Recommended: MATH& 107 MATH& 141  (if Forensic Science), or MATH& 146 .

* Students planning to transfer to the University of Washington must consult Math Advising, mathadvising@shoreline.edu.

Distribution Requirements - 45 Credits

Humanities (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g., Art and Drama) in Humanities . Maximum of 5 credits allowed in Performance/Skills courses. No more than 5 credits in a world language at the 100 level. Recommended: CMST& 101  or PHIL 248  .

Natural Sciences (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g.Biology and Physics) in Natural Sciences . At least 10 credits required in Physical, Earth, and/or Biological Sciences, including at least 5 credits of lab science. Maximum 5 credits from Other Science courses. Recommended*: BIOL& 211 , BIOL& 241 ; CHEM 171 /CHEM 181  for B.S. and Forensic Science degrees.

Social Sciences (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g., Psychology and History) in Social Sciences . Recommended: CAST 102 /SOC 102 , CAST 202 /SOC 202 , CAST 285 /GWS 285 , SOC 112 , PSYC& 100 , PSYC& 220 POLS& 202 .

General Electives - Minimum 25 Credits

Comprised of other college-level courses or unrestricted courses. A maximum of 15 credits allowed for restricted/vocational courses, and a maximum of 3 credits allowed in Physical Education. Please see the lists of Restricted Electives  and Elective Courses (Non-restricted) . Recommended*: CJ& 106 , CJ& 110 CJ 120 , CJ 135 , CJ 238 , CJ 241 , CJ 249 , BIOL& 242 , CHEM& 241 /CHEM 271 , CHEM& 242 /CHEM 272 , CHEM& 243 /CHEM 273 , CHEM 172 /CHEM 182 , CHEM 173 /CHEM 183 , PSYC& 200 , PSYC 236 , PSYC 245 . Strongly recommended: CJ& 101 .


It is also recommended that students complete a certificate of completion in Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) depending on students’ interest in the area.

* If pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science you will need MATH& 141  and MATH& 142 , CHEM 171 /CHEM 181 CHEM 172 /CHEM 182 , CHEM 173 /CHEM 183 , CHEM& 241 , CHEM& 242 , BIOL& 211 , BIOL& 241 , BIOL& 242 , and PHYS& 114 . See your advisor for more information.

Where can I go for help?

General Academic Advising

FOSS (5000) Building, Rm. 5229

International Advising

9000 Building, Rm. 9302

eLearning Advising

Jordan Lee
206-533-6713, Rm 5236

Career Planning


Criminal Justice Faculty Advisors

Linda Forst
206-546-4781 lforst@shoreline.edu Rm 5378

Audrey Fischer
206-533-6643 afischer@shoreline.edu Rm 5239

What does your chosen four-year school require?

Before choosing classes, become familiar with the four-year program where you want to apply: visit the website, email the department, and/or speak with a Shoreline advisor. Below are examples from Washington schools with different admissions and graduation requirements. Check with the school for world language requirements. (Non-native speakers of English are often exempt from this requirement.)

Major Information General Transfer Information
Central Washington University - Des Moines http://www.cwu.edu/admissions/transfer-admission-criteria
Central Washington University - Ellensburg http://www.cwu.edu/admissions/transfer-admission-criteria
Central Washington University - Lynnwood http://www.cwu.edu/admissions/transfer-admission-criteria
Central Washington University - Online http://www.cwu.edu/admissions/transfer-admission-criteria
Eastern Washington University https://www.ewu.edu/apply/transfer/
Gonzaga University http://tinyurl.com/7c9d6xh
Heritage University - Pasco http://www.heritage.edu/Admissions/Transfer-Students/
Heritage University - Wenatchee http://www.heritage.edu/Admissions/Transfer-Students/
Heritage University - Yakima http://www.heritage.edu/Admissions/Transfer-Students/
Saint Martin’s University http://tinyurl.com/j3pktl2
Seattle University http://tinyurl.com/z3kjpcm
The Evergreen State College http://tinyurl.com/zhyjy3s
University of Washington - Tacoma https://www.tacoma.uw.edu/admissions/transfer-admission
Washington State University - Online http://tinyurl.com/jk3a2v2
Washington State University - Pullman http://tinyurl.com/jk3a2v2
Whitworth University http://tinyurl.com/zvmnc5x

What is Criminal Justice?

Criminal Justice is an interdisciplinary program that studies crime and societies response to crime. Programs of study in Criminal Justice provide students with knowledge of the criminal justice system, legal procedures and U.S. law.

Contemporary issues in Criminal Justice: Juvenile Justice and Procedures, Criminal Law, Structure of Federal and State Courts, Roles of Judges, Attorneys and Law Enforcement, Investigation Methods and Report Writing, Safety, Security and Crime Prevention, Interviewing and Interrogations, Constitutional Law, Defense and Control Tactics, Ethics in Criminal Justice.

What can I do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice?

Students who study Law and Criminal Justice are prepared for a broad range of careers in the criminal justice field to include: law enforcement officer, corrections officer, parole officer, private security officer, in addition to civilian positions in the justice system, including advocacy work, or support staff in the court system or governmental agencies. Criminal Justice is also an excellent major for graduate study in criminology, forensic psychology, social work, and law.

Potential employers include: Law enforcement agencies, correctional facilities, federal, state and local governments, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, private detective agencies, law firms, federal and district courts. For more, please visit http://www.shoreline.edu/counseling-center/career-counseling.aspx.

Shoreline Community College

16101 Greenwood Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133-5696



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