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Criminal Justice, Homeland Security Specialization

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)


This program provides students with opportunities to develop and improve skills necessary for success as a local, state or federal law enforcement or corrections 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 placement 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 see a counselor and returning students their 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.

Program Curriculum

1st Semester Credits Standard Course Options
ADJ 100 Survey of Criminal Justice 3  
ENG 111 College Composition I 3  
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3 See Note 3.
MTH 120 Introduction to Mathematics 3 MTH 158, MTH 163, MTH 170
SOC 200 Principles of Sociology 3 SOC 201, SOC 202
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1  
Total Credits 16  
2nd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
ADJ 160 Police Response to Critical Incidents 3  
ADJ 107 Survey of Criminology 3  
ADJ 229 Law Enforcement and the Community or ADJ 145 Corrections and the Community 3  
PSY 200 Principles of Psychology 3 PSY 201, PSY 202
Philosophy or Religion Elective 3 Recommended: REL 230.  See Note 4.
Total Credits 15  
3rd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
ADJ 163 Crime Analysis and Intelligence 3  
ADJ 170 Street Gangs and Law Enforcement 3  
ADJ 211 Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedures I 3  
ADJ 133 Ethics and the Criminal Justice Professional 3  
ADJ 236 Principles of Criminal Investigation 3  
ADJ 247 Criminal Behavior 3  
Total Credits 18  
4th Semester Credits Standard Course Options
ADJ 234 Terrorism & Counter-Terrorism 3  
ADJ 212 Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedures II 3  
ADJ 227 Constitutional Law for Justice Personnel or ADJ 241 Correctional Law 3  
ADJ 244 Terrorism Response Planning 3  
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking 3  
Health/Physical Education Elective 2  
Total Credits 17  
Total Credits For Program 66  

Notes and Additional Curriculum Options

  1. Students planning to transfer to a four-year program should choose options and substitutions with the assistance of their advisor.
  2. Part-time students should consult their faculty advisors regarding appropriate course sequences.
  3. Students with good computer skills may seek to satisfy this requirement by CLEP.
  4. The philosophy or religion elective requirement can be satisfied by courses with a PHI or REL prefix.
  5. Transfer to Four-Year Colleges and Universities – This program is not intended for transfer. Students desiring to transfer should consult their academic advisors and their intended transfer institutions for specific direction in program and course selection. Required courses for any major at four-year institutions may vary.

For additional information on this program, please contact the Division of Engineering, Business and Public Services: 804-706-5121(Chester) or 804-594-1480 (Midlothian).

2015-2016 College Catalog & Student Handbook


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