Criminal Justice

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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The Criminal Justice Program at PPCC is designed to upgrade the skills and knowledge of employed criminal justice professionals, and to provide a pre-employment or transfer program to students interested in the field, or in continuing on to a four year school.

With a wide variety of emphasis areas, including Investigations/Management, Patrol, Corrections and Crime Scene Investigation, and corresponding certificates. The student seeking an AAS degree, or the professional employed in the field can upgrade their skills for hiring, advancement and promotion. PPCC offers one of the broadest ranges of course offerings in the nation.

An AAS degree from PPCC will open doors into many opportunities in law enforcement at the state, federal and local level. Our students have gone on to careers in Criminal Investigations, as Crime Scene Investigators, Corrections officers, State and Federal Probation and Parole officers, and many others. Several PPCC graduates have advanced to become chiefs of police and sheriffs.

Students should realize, however, that a degree from PPCC will not guarantee a position with an agency in the criminal justice field. Many agencies impose requirements other than education for employment. These requirements may be related to age, physical condition, height, weight and vision. The majority of employers in the criminal justice field will not hire persons with a felony conviction, or a lengthy history of drug use. Some arrests and/or convictions for certain crimes will also be disqualifiers. Employers in the field screen for certain psychological and personality traits, and many give pre-employment polygraph tests.

Prospective students with questions concerning the foregoing should consult with faculty advisors.

General Education Courses

CIS 118

Introduction to PC Applications

3

or

 

 

CSC 105

Computer Literacy

(3)

ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1

3

or

 

 

ENG 131

Technical Writing I

(3)

ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2

3

or

 

 

COM 115

Public Speaking

(3)

or

 

 

POS 125

American State & Local Government: SS1

(3)

MAT 107

Career Math

3

or

 

 

MAT 120 or higher

(3-4)

PSY 112

Psychology of Adjustment

3

AAS Approved General Elective

3

 

18-19

Required Courses (all emphasis areas)

CRJ 110

Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

CRJ 125

Policing Systems

3

CRJ 145

Correctional Process

3

CRJ 205

Principles of Criminal Law

3

CRJ 208

Criminal Evidence

3

CRJ 210

Constitutional Law

3

CRJ 216

Juvenile Law & Procedures

3

CRJ 220

Human Relations & Social Conflict

3

CRJ 230

Criminology

3

LEA 118

Police Report Writing

3

Emphasis Area

12

 

42

Total Credit Hours

60-61

Emphasis Areas

Choose twelve (12) credit hours in one emphasis area

Corrections

CRJ 146

Community Based Corrections

3

CRJ 215

Constitutional Rights of Inmates

3

CRJ 249

Penology

3

CRJ 255

Organizational Management of Correctional Institutions

3

CRJ 280

Internship

3

Crime Scene Investigations (CSI)

CRJ 127

Crime Scene Investigation

3

CRJ 209

Criminal Investigation I

3

CRJ 264

Practical Crime Scene Investigation

3

LEA 167

Fingerprinting

3

LEA 260

Police Photography

3

Investigations/Management

CRJ 209

Criminal Investigation I

3

CRJ 211

Criminal Investigation II

3

CRJ 245

Interview & Interrogation

3

CRJ 250

Computer Crime Investigation

3

CRJ 257

Victimology

3

CRJ 268

Criminal Profiling

3

CRJ 280

Internship

3

LEA 218

Drug Investigative Strategies

3

Patrol

CRJ 209

Criminal Investigation I

3

CRJ 211

Criminal Investigation II

3

CRJ 225

Crisis Intervention

3

CRJ 257

Victimology

3

CRJ 280

Internship

3

LEA 126

Police Patrol Procedures

3

LEA 246

Traffic Investigation

3

Certificates

Advanced Investigations

CRJ 211

Criminal Investigation II

3

CRJ 245

Interview & Interrogation

3

CRJ 264

Practical Crime Scene Investigation

3

LEA 260

Police Photography

3

Total Credit Hours

12

Basic Criminology

CRJ 110

Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

CRJ 216

Juvenile Law & Procedures

3

CRJ 230

Criminology

3

Total Credit Hours

9

Basic Investigations

CRJ 127

Crime Scene Investigation

3

CRJ 209

Criminal Investigation I

3

CRJ 211

Criminal Investigation II

3

LEA 118

Report Writing

3

LEA 167

Fingerprinting

3

Total Credit Hours

15

Corrections

CIS 118

Introduction to PC Applications

3

CRJ 145

Correctional Process

3

CRJ 146

Community Based Corrections

3

CRJ 215

Constitutional Rights of Inmates

3

LEA 118

Report Writing

3

Total Credit Hours

15

Criminal Justice Basic

CRJ 110

Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

CRJ 125

Policing Systems

3

CRJ 216

Juvenile Law & Procedures

3

CRJ 220

Human Relations & Social Conflict

3

Total Credit Hours

12

Patrol

CRJ 110

Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

CRJ 125

Policing Systems

3

CRJ 209

Criminal Investigation I

3

CRJ 225

Crisis Intervention

3

LEA 118

Report Writing

3

Total Credit Hours

15