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A.S. Criminal Justice

Associate of Science in Criminal Justice

Students are expected to complete 61 credit hours of course work and related activity in the Associate of Science program. This program emphasizes professional courses and provides some basic training in microcomputing, writing, communication and math. Students in this program may be eligible to attend the Maine Criminal Justice Academy's Pre-Service Training Program if they meet the requirements to certify them to apply for part-time law enforcement officer work in the State of Maine, and receive six college credits as well. After students complete their first year, they are also eligible to do internships in law enforcement agencies, offices and businesses for hands-on experiential learning in the field. This program will prepare graduates for entry level positions in the profession.

The program objectives for the A.S. Criminal Justice are: 

  • To have the percent of graduating seniors exceeding the mean of the ETS test be larger than the national average where the following key concepts are tested:
    • Theories of Criminal Behavior
    • The Law
    • Law Enforcement
    • Corrections
    • The Court System
    • Critical Thinking
    • Research Methodology and Statistics
  • To demonstrate excellent or outstanding understanding of the key concepts of Criminal Justice: 
    • Administration of Justice
    • Law Enforcement
    • Law Adjudication
    • Corrections
    • Criminological Theory
    • Research and Analytical Methods
  • To apply ethical decision-making skills and integrity in an ever changing global environment.
  • To produce and present effective oral and written forms of communication.
  • To analyze diversity issues in the criminal justice field

The following classes must be completed for this program of study:
 

General Education Courses
CM 221Professional Communications3
CJ 309Constitutional Law3
EH 200Approaches to Literature *3
EH 123Rhetoric and Composition I *3
EH 124Rhetoric and Composition II *3
HE 111The Husson Experience ***1
MS 132Probability and Statistics3
MS 141Contemporary College Algebra4
PH 110Introduction to Ethics3
PY 111General Psychology3
SY 201Principles of Sociology3
Professional Courses
CJ 101Intro to Justice & Pub Safety *3
CJ 215Police Operations *3
CJ 221Criminalistics3
CJ 225Criminal Procedure *3
CJ 235Criminology *3
MI 214Microcomputer Spreadsheet Applications3
CJ 341Investigations3
PL 200Criminal Law *3
CJ Elective 300 or 400 Level Course3
Open Elective3
Total Hours62

Suggested Course Sequence

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CJ 101*3CJ 225*3
EH 123*3EH 124*3
HE 111***1MS 1323
PY 1113PL 200*3
PH 1103SY 2013
 13 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CJ 235*3CJ 2213
CM 2213CJ 3413
EH 200*3MI 2143
MS 1414CJ Elective 300/400 Level3
CJ 2153Open Elective3
CJ 3093 
 19 15
Total Hours: 62
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 "C" or better in all courses marked

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 Course may not be required for degree completion.