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Criminal Justice Studies (Associate in Applied Science Degree)

60-64 credit hours.

The Associate in Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice Studies is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in law enforcement, probation or parole, correctional institutions, and private investigations. For those currently employed in the criminal justice field, the program affords the opportunity for professional growth and career advancement. The AAS degree includes a significant portion of general education courses. The general education courses are Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) approved courses that transfer to participating four-year Illinois institutions.

General Education Core Requirements:

Course Course Name Credit Hours
COMM 101 Introduction to Oral Communications 3
ENGL 101 Composition I 3
ENGL 102 Composition II 3
  Humanities Elective 3
  Life Sciences or Physical Sciences Elective 4
  Mathematics Elective 3-4
  Social and Behavioral Science Elective 6
  Electives 5-6

Required Core:

Course Course Name Credit Hours
CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 200 American System of Corrections 3
CRJ 201 Understanding Criminology 3
CRJ 202 Policing in America 3
CRJ 204 Criminal Law 3
CRJ 206 Criminal Investigations 3
CRJ 215 Juvenile Justice System 3

Electives (8-12 credit hours):

Course Course Name Credit Hours
CRJ 114 Introduction to Private Security 3
CRJ 208 Administration of Justice 3
CRJ 222 Police/Community Relations 3
CRJ 224 Probation and Parole 3
CRJ 226 Criminal Justice Careers Seminar 2
CRJ 296 Special Topics in Criminal Justice 1-6
CRJ 299 Internship in Criminal Justice 1-6

This curriculum guide is not intended to be a contract, but rather to provide important information to students, see curriculum sequence for course rotation. Changes/revisions may occur from time to time to ensure curricula reflect technological advances in the field.

Information contained on this Web site is subject to change. Please check with an academic advisor for current course offerings and program requirements. Current students with continual enrollment may graduate under the current program requirements or any program requirements in effect since first enrollment. Students who intend to graduate must meet with an Academic Advisor to complete an "Application to Graduate" form a full semester prior to graduation. This will help ensure that a student meets all graduation requirements. Remember to always check with the school you are interested in attending for specific requirements.