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Criminal Justice AAS

The template below is for students declaring a major for the catalog year 2018-19. The Advising Sheet Archive contains printable advising sheets for the catalog years 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19. Students already with a declared major should view their advising report in SIS for appropriate course selection.

Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

C Career & technical education programs for job training = Career & technical education programs for job training, guided by Advisory Committees
T Transfer degrees for accepting institutions = Transfer degrees for accepting institutions, see
O Majors with completely online option = Majors with completely online option


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. 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.


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Required Courses CR. Pre-requisite Courses Approved Course Substitutions
ADJ 100 Survey of Criminal Justice 3    
ADJ 133 Ethics and the Criminal Justice Professional 3    
ADJ 160 Police Response to Critical Incidents 3    
ADJ 211 Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedures I 3    
ADJ 227 Constitutional Law for Justice Personnel 3   ADJ 241
ADJ 229 Law Enforcement and the Community 3   ADJ 145
MILESTONE: Criminal Justice Career Studies Certificate (See faculty advisor)
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1    
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 See Placement Requirements  
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3   See Note 1
MTH 130 Fundamentals of Reasoning 3 See Placement Requirements MTH 154
PSY 200 Principles of Applied Psychology 3    
SOC 200 Principles of Sociology 3    
Philosophy or Religion Elective (choose 1):
PHI 220 Ethics
REL 100 Introduction to the Study of Religion
REL 230 Religions of the World
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking 3    
PED 116 Lifetime Fitness and Wellness (2 credits) or
HLT 160 Personal Health and Fitness (3 credits)
ADJ 105 The Juvenile Justice System Offered Fall Only 3    
ADJ 107 Survey of Criminology 3    
ADJ 111 Law Enforcement Organization & Administration I 3   ADJ 245
ADJ 236 Principles of Criminal Investigation 3    
ADJ 247 Criminal Behavior 3    
ADJ 170 Street Gangs and Law Enforcement or
ADJ 228 Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs
3   See Note 2
Total Minimum Credits to Complete 60-61    


  1. Students with strong computer skills may seek to satisfy this requirement by CLEP.
  2. Approved Course Substitutions listed above (ADJ 145, ADJ 241, and ADJ 245) may be used as an elective if not used as course substitution.
  3. Students are strongly encouraged to take their SDV, ENG, and MTH requirements first.
  4. Part-time students should consult their faculty advisors regarding appropriate course sequences.
  5. Transfer to Four-Year Colleges and Universities – Students should consult their academic advisors and their intended transfer institutions for specific direction in course selection. Required courses for any major at four-year institutions may vary.
  6. Students should regularly check their advisement report in MyTyler-SIS.

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