Criminal Justice - Associate in Criminal Justice

A grade of C- or better is required in all Criminal Justice courses, Second Language courses, and any courses filling the Core Requirements.

A maximum of 3-5 credit hours of applied coursework may be counted towards a C J degree.  PL S (Paralegal Studies) courses can never replace or substitute for a Criminal Justice (C J) course but may be used as electives within the 3-5 credits applied course limit.  Please contact an advisor.

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements and elective credits to total at least 60 credits. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications
English Composition - Level 1
ENGL 1110GComposition I4
English Composition - Level 2
Choose one from the following:3
Professional & Technical Communication3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Science3
Oral Communication
Choose one from the following:3
Public Speaking3
Introduction to Communication
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 1220GCollege Algebra3
or MATH 1350G Introduction to Statistics
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences10
Introduction to Criminal Justice (Core requirement)3
Contemporary Social Problems3
Area III: Laboratory Sciences Course (4 credits) 2
Area V: Humanities
Choose one from the following (course will also count as Core Requirement):3
Introduction to Philosophy3
Logic, Reasoning, & Critical Thinking3
Philosophical Thought3
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 23
General Education Elective
POLS 1120GAmerican National Government3
Core Requirements
Both CJUS 1110G and one PHIL course will count towards both Core and General Education Requirements
CJUS 1120Criminal Law3
CJUS 2120Criminal Courts and Procedure3
CJUS 2150Corrections System3
CJUS 2220The American Law Enforcement System3
Second Language: (required)
Choose one of the following option to complete the Second Language Requirement8
Completion of a second language through the 1120 level
Completion of a second language through the 1130 or 1140 level for Heritage speakers
Fulfilling one of the alternatives (see an advisor for specifics)
Electives, to bring total credits to 60 38
Recommended Electives
Criminal Investigations3
Field Experience in Criminal Justice3-6
Applied Psychology3
Total Credits60

A Suggested Plan of Study

Additional classes may be needed based on placement test results and course prerequisites. Visit with an advisor for help with creating a customized plan.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
CJUS 1110G Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
ENGL 1110G Composition I 4
POLS 1120G American National Government 3
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts Course 2 3
Choose one from the following: 3
Professional & Technical Communication
or Writing in the Humanities and Social Science
CJUS 2220 The American Law Enforcement System 3
CJUS 2150 Corrections System 3
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 2 4
Elective 3 3
Second Year
SPAN 1110 Spanish I (Foreign Language) 4 4
MATH 1220G
College Algebra 1
or Introduction to Statistics
PHIL 1115G
Introduction to Philosophy
or Philosophical Thought
or Logic, Reasoning, & Critical Thinking
CJUS 1120 Criminal Law 3
Elective Course 3, 5 3
SPAN 1120 Spanish II 4 4
CJUS 2120 Criminal Courts and Procedure 3
COMM 1130G
Public Speaking
or Introduction to Communication
SOCI 2310G Contemporary Social Problems 3
Elective Course 3 2
 Total Credits60