2018-2019

Associate in Arts

Liberal Arts - Criminal Justice

This Option is for those students who plan to pursue a B.A. or B.S. in Criminal Justice for careers in law enforcement, protection management, probation, or parole. It combines the study of Criminal Justice with Liberal Arts courses necessary for transfer. NOTE: All classes are offered on all campuses, and all are available online. 

Graduates will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of recruitment, selection and training of police officers.
  • Explain how the Exclusionary Rule impacts police searches and seizures.
  • Examine how racial profiling and other types of biased policing effects the legitimacy of law enforcement.
  • Examine the operations of a police agency in order to conduct an ethical study of that institution.

Note:

A. CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING: Students may be awarded academic credit for Prior Educational Experiences. Please consult with the Coordinator of the Criminal Justice Program for further information.

B. It is recommended that students enroll in their first WI course upon completion of EN 101. For a list of WI courses available for registration, go to: www.pccc.edu/home/writing-intensive-courses 

C. DEGREE AUDIT: Your progress toward your degree is available through Web Adviser. 

D. For students who intend to transfer to William Paterson University, SO 102 is required as the Diversity requirement. 

NOTE: All classes are offered on all campuses, and all are available online.

General Education: In addition to the program-specific outcomes listed above, students completing the Associate degree programs are required to demonstrate proficiency in the General Education learning outcomes. Specific outcomes may vary by program; refer to the program requirements below. 


General Education(46 credits)

Code Name Credits
Communication (9 credits)
EN 101 Composition I 3
EN 102 Composition II 3
ENS 106 Public Speaking 3
Mathematics (3 credits)
Choose two (2) courses from the following categories
Category 2 - Mathematics 3 - 4
Science (4 credits)
SC 109 is highly recommended or choose a course from Category 3
SC 109 Introduction to Forensic Science 4
Category 3 - Science 4
Technology
Choose one (1) of the following courses
CIS 101 Computer Concepts and Applications 3
CIS 107 Information Technology Fundamentals and Applications 3
Social Science
Choose two (2) of the following courses
EC 101 Economics I 3
PL 101 Introduction to Political Science 3
PS 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
Humanities (6 credits)
EN 205 Introduction to Literature 3
PH 101 Introduction to Philosophy 3
Choose one (1) of the following courses
AE 101 Appreciation of Art 3
MU 106 Appreciation of Music 3
ST 112 Introduction to Theater 3
History
Choose one (1) of the following sequences
HI 101 History of Western Civilization I 3AND
HI 102 History of Western Civilization II 3
OR
HI 201 U.S. History I 3AND
HI 202 U.S. History II 3
Diversity (3 credits)
Choose one (1) course from the following category, see Note D above.
Category 8 - Diversity 3

Option(15 credits)

Code Name Credits
CJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJ 106 Criminal Law of New Jersey 3
CJ 208 Criminology 3
CJ 210 Current Issues in Criminal Justice / Capstone Experience 3
Choose one (1) of the following courses
CJ 203 Drug and Alcohol Use, Misuse, and Abuse 3
CJ 209 Terrorism and Political Violence 3
CJ 214 Emergency Management and Response 3
PL 104 Introduction to Law 3

Total Credits 61


Guided Pathways Academic Map


First Semester Credits
CIS 101 Computer Concepts and Applications 3.0
CJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3.0
EN 101 Composition I 3.0
College Level Mathematics 3.0
Social Science Elective 3.0
Total 15.0
Second Semester Credits
CJ 106 Criminal Law of New Jersey 3.0
CJ 208 Criminology 3.0
EN 102 Composition II 3.0
College Level Mathematics 3.0
Social Science Elective 3.0
Total 15.0
Third Semester Credits
ENS 106 Public Speaking 3.0
EN 205 Introduction to Literature 3.0
Criminal Justice Elective 3.0
Diversity 3.0
History or Western Civilization 3.0
Total 15.0
Fourth Semester Credits
CJ 210 Current Issues in Criminal Justice / Capstone Experience 3.0
PH 101 Introduction to Philosophy 3.0
College Level Mathematics 3.0
History or Western Civilization Course 3.0
Science Elective 4.0
AE 101 Appreciation of Art OR MU 101 Music Fundamentals OR ST 112 Introduction to Theater 3.0
Total 19.0