John Tyler Community CollegeJohn Tyler Community College

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Criminal Justice, Homeland Security Specialization AAS

Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

C Career & technical education programs for job training Career & technical education programs for job training = Career & technical education programs for job training, guided by Advisory Committees
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This program provides students with opportunities to develop and improve skills necessary for success as local, state or federal law enforcement or correctional officers; commercial and industrial security officers; and private or government investigators.

Program Requirements and Special Conditions

Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. Students must also complete placements tests (or equivalent) in English and mathematics, and scores will be used for appropriate course placement. If students have deficiencies in English and/or mathematics, JTCC offers developmental and prerequisite courses to prepare students for the curriculum. New students should visit the Advising Center and returning students their faculty advisor for more information. Persons entering the public or private sectors of criminal justice employment will be subjected to intensive physical agility tests, background investigations, psychological testing, personal interviews, physical examinations and polygraph examinations.

Printable Advising Sheet

Required Courses CR. Pre-requisite Courses Approved Course Substitutions
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1    
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 See Placement Test Scores  
MTH 120 Introduction to Mathematics 3 See Placement Test Scores MTH 158, MTH 163, MTH 170
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3   See Note 3
ADJ 100 Survey of Criminal Justice 3    
SOC 200 Principles of Sociology 3    
ADJ 107 Survey of Criminology Offered Spring Only 3    
PSY 200 Principles of Applied Psychology 3    
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking 3   CST 110
ADJ 133 Ethics and the Criminal Justice Professional 3    
ADJ 160 Police Response to Critical Incidents Offered Spring Only 3    
ADJ 163 Crime Analysis and Intelligence Offered Fall Only 3    
ADJ 170 Street Gangs and Law Enforcement Offered Spring Only 3    
ADJ 211 Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedures I 3    
ADJ 212 Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedures II 3    
ADJ 227 Constitutional Law for Justice Personnel 3   ADJ 241
ADJ 229 Law Enforcement and the Community 3   ADJ 145
ADJ 234 Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism Offered Fall Only 3    
ADJ 236 Principles of Criminal Investigation 3    
ADJ 244 Terrorism Response Planning Offered Spring Only 3    
ADJ 247 Criminal Behavior 3    
Philosophy or Religion Elective 3   See Note 2
Health/Physical Education Elective 2    
Total Minimum Credits to Complete 66    


  1. Students are encouraged to complete the SDV, MTH, and ENG requirements first.
  2. The philosophy or religion elective requirement can be satisfied by courses with a PHI or REL prefix
  3. Students with good computer skills may seek to satisfy this requirement by CLEP or internal exam.
  4. Students should regularly meet with their faculty advisor and check their advisement report in MyTyler – SIS.
  5. Courses noted as Fall only or Spring only are based on historical trends and current planning and may change without notice.
  6. Transfer to Four-Year Colleges and Universities – Students should consult their faculty advisor and their intended transfer institutions for specific direction in course selection. Required courses for any major at four-year institutions may vary.

2016-2017 College Catalog & Student Handbook

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