Criminal Justice Associate Degree

Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice
A.S. (VA and NC) or A.A.S. (SC) in Criminal Justice
Overview

The criminal justice profession is much different than it was even 10 years ago. Today’s criminal justice professional must possess a wide range of skills, blending traditional enforcement and prevention with modern forensics and technology.

If this sounds exciting, consider a career in Criminal Justice. Through ECPI University’s year-round schedule, you can earn an Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in just 1.5 years. ECPI’s program is designed to prepare students for entry-level careers in criminal justice in such areas as:

  • Public and Private Security (including workplace security and surveillance)
  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Homeland Security
  • Courts and Law Offices
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Corrections

ECPI’s curriculum is designed to teach students how to:

  • Understand the policies and procedures of law enforcement, legal system and court structure.
  • Use the basic skills and technology needed for entry-level positions.
  • Develop interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills necessary in a professional environment.
  • Gain entry-level knowledge of security and surveillance principles.
  • Work with technology to investigate, solve, track, and deter crimes.

Program Description

ECPI University builds all of its programs around one guiding principle: LEARN BY DOING. While program’s curriculum has been developed to meet the requirements of the criminal justice profession, the method of delivery is what sets ECPI apart. ECPI University’s hands-on approach blends knowledge with real-world applications to produce graduates who can assist in the investigation and prosecution of criminals in both the physical and cyber worlds.

This program covers a wide spectrum of subject matter including:

  • Law Enforcement, Security, Surveillance, and Investigations
  • Courtroom Procedures
  • Anti-Terrorism and Homeland Security Functions
  • Corrections
  • Juvenile Justice

Possible Career Track

Upon completion, the Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice prepares graduates with the skills that could possibly lead to a career with entry positions in a wide array of jobs including:

  • Police Officer
  • Border Patrol
  • State Trooper
  • U.S. Customs
  • Probation and Parole
  • Federal Officer / Investigative Positions including those related to FBI, CIA, DEA, and TSA
  • Insurance Investigation
  • Private Security
  • Court or Law Clerk
  • Park Ranger
  • Corrections

Curriculum

Program Requirements

Core Curriculum

36 semester credit hours

CJ100

Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

CJ105

Criminal Law

3

CJ110

Law Enforcement Operations

3

CJ125

Criminal Procedure

3

CJ130

Ethics in Criminal Justice

3

CJ135

Corrections

3

CJ140

Research Methods

3

CJ200

Investigations

3

CJ205

Juvenile Justice

3

CJ225

Crime Scene Management

3

CJ227

Computer Investigation

3

CJ235

Criminology

3

Arts and Sciences

22 semester credit hours

COM115

Principles of Communication

3

ENG110

English Composition

3

ENG120

Advanced Composition

3

HUM205

Culture and Diversity

3

MTH131

College Algebra

3

PHY120

Physics

3

PHY120L

Physics LAB

1

PSY105

Introduction to Psychology

3

Self-Integration and Computer Literacy

9 semester credit hours

COR090

Career Orientation Seminar

0

FOR110

Essentials for Success

3

CIS106

Introduction to Operating Systems

3

CIS115

Computer Applications

3

Electives

Electives

9 semester credits

ACC160

Principles of Accounting I

3

ACC161

Principles of Accounting II

3

BUS102

Fundamentals of Customer Service

3

BUS121

Introduction to Business

3

CJ115

Drugs and Crime

3

CJ140

Research Methods

3

CJ210

Global Comparative Justice

3

CJ215

Community Policing

3

CJ220

Criminal Justice Special Topics

3

CJ230

Introduction to Terrorism

3

CJ290

Externship-CJ III

3

CJ291

Externship-CJ II

2

CJ292

Externship-CJ I-a

1

CJ293

Externship-CJ I-b

1

CJ294

Externship-CJ I-c

1

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are able to:

  • Interpret the need for corrective action when sensitive data is compromised based on legal principles.
  • Examine the quality and sufficiency of evidence to support a criminal justice argument (case or proposal).
  • Apply scientific processes to the analysis of criminal justice issues.
  • Explain the role that human behavior plays on crime.
  • Examine the ethical standards applied to groups within the criminal justice field.

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