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Criminal Justice 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
T Transfer degrees for accepting institutions Transfer degrees for accepting institutions = Transfer degrees for accepting institutions, see
O Majors with completely online option 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 may need to complete placement tests in English and mathematics. Visit for all course placement options. 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. New students should visit the Advising Center and returning students their faculty advisor for more information.

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Required Courses CR. Pre-requisite Courses Approved Course Substitutions
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1    
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 See Placement Requirements  
MTH 157 Elementary Statistics 3 See Placement Requirements MTH 158, MTH 163, MTH 170
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3   See Note 1
ADJ 100 Survey of Criminal Justice 3    
ADJ 105 The Juvenile Justice System Offered Fall Only 3    
ADJ 111 Law Enforcement Organization & Administration I Offered Fall Only 3   ADJ 245
ADJ 133 Ethics and the Criminal Justice Professional 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
ADJ 236 Principles of Criminal Investigation 3    
MILESTONE: Criminal Justice Career Studies Certificate (See faculty advisor)
SOC 200 Principles of Sociology 3    
PSY 200 Principles of Applied Psychology 3    
Philosophy or Religion Elective 3   See Note 2
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking 3    
Health/Physical Education Elective 2    
ADJ 107 Survey of Criminology 3    
ADJ 247 Criminal Behavior 3    
ADJ Elective 3    
ADJ Elective 3    
Total Minimum Credits to Complete 60    


  1. Students with strong computer skills may seek to satisfy this requirement by CLEP.
  2. The philosophy or religion elective requirement can be satisfied by courses with a PHI or REL prefix
  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.

2017-2018 College Catalog & Student Handbook

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