The Criminal Justice Transfer - Liberal Arts Program provides a solid foundation and a seamless transition to four-year institutions offering bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice or a related field.
The classroom learning experience focuses on law enforcement agencies like local and state police, as well as the FBI. Students also learn about the court system, including the role of the prosecutor and defense counsel. The correctional system plays a vital, yet sometimes ignored, role in society so students will study the culture of jails and prisons, the role of correction’s officers, along with treatment methods regarding offenders.
A strong general education core is combined with essential courses in Police Administration and Operations, Criminology, Forensics, Research and Statistics, and Law and Ethics.
Graduates of the program will be able to:
- Articulate their place in human culture and the global society from a multi-disciplinary perspective acquired through the study of the social sciences, humanities, history, natural sciences, mathematics, arts, and languages.
- Explain the functions and responsibilities of law enforcement and corrections at various levels in the criminal justice system.
- Evaluate the causal factors of crime.
- Discuss the nature of crimes and offenses based on major theories and current issues.
- Critique perspectives on legal principles and challenges inherent in the criminal justice system.
- Use appropriate tools of research and analysis to produce effective written communication.
Algebra I is a prerequisite for all majors. Algebra I competency may be verified with a passing score on the College’s placement test or completion of the appropriate course. Students also need a grade of “C” or better in one year of high school laboratory science or in BIO-010 or CHM-010.