Criminal Justice Associate of Applied Science


This two-year curriculum leads to an Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice Technology and is designed to provide the student with sufficient background and competencies required for employment in the law enforcement profession.

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First Year


Fall SemesterCredit Hours
CJ 111Criminal Law I3
CJ 113Ethics in Criminal Justice3
CJ 123Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJ 125Criminal Behavior3
ENG 124Technical Communication I3
Spring SemesterCredit Hours
CJ 211Criminal Law II3
CJ 210Introduction to Victimology3
CJ 224Juvenile Justice3
ENG 221Technical Communication II3
SOC 212Sociology3


Second Year


Fall SemesterCredit Hours
CJ 213Criminal Investigations3
COM 111Business Computer Systems4
HLT 111Health2
MAT 121Technical Mathematics3
PSY 211Introduction to Psychology3
Spring SemesterCredit Hours
BIO 212Anatomy and Physiology3
CJ 223Introduction to Corrections3
CJ 225Introduction to Terrorism3
CJ 199Criminal Justice Internship2
COM 245Computer Forensics and Investigation3
SPC 210Interpersonal Communication3


Note: Students seeking a career in Criminal Justice (specifically law enforcement or corrections) are advised that when seeking employment, most agencies will require an extensive background investigation and physical fitness test. Potential employees are required to pass a basic physical fitness test (the physical test used by Illinois police agencies and academies is the Peace Officer Wellness Evaluation Report (POWER) test). Students who have been convicted of a felony are typically excluded from employment.


Possible Career Opportunities

Public Safety Officer * Peace Officer * Criminal Investigator * Alcohol Law Enforcement Agent (ALE Agent)



Contact for More Information

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