Criminal Justice Administration A.A.S. (CJA)

*This is an overview of the program. The course sequencing is meant to serve as a guideline for your semester planning. Please note that the scheduling of courses, program sequencing and curriculum are subject to change.*

The purpose of this program is to provide knowledge about the management, organization, and operation of the criminal justice system, with emphasis on law enforcement and correctional agencies. In conjunction with a study of the entire criminal justice system, the student may elect enforcement or correction courses, depending upon his or her objective.

Graduates of the program may qualify for employment in local, state, and some federal law enforcement and corrections agencies, or continue their education at a four-year college or university.

Jobs for which graduates are expected to be qualified include local and county police officer, state trooper, police detective, federal and state security officer, liquor control agent, drug enforcement officer, private detective, commercial and retail security officer, and corrections officer.

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • analyze how law enforcement, courts, and corrections function as components of a criminal justice system.
  • describe and explain the historical perspective of the principles, theories, and challenges inherent in the criminal justice system.
  • describe and explain the functions of law enforcement, the courts, and corrections.
  • describe, explain, and analyze the legal and ethical issues in criminal justice.
Criminal Justice Administration A.A.S. (CJA)
First Semester   Credits
CJA 101 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System 3
CJA 105 Criminal Investigations  
or CJA 116 Corrections Administration 3
ENG 105 College English I 3
SOC 150 Introduction to Sociology 3
ENG 111 Speech 3
  Semester Total 15
Second Semester    
CJA 119 Juvenile Justice 3
ENG 106 College English II  
or ENG 107 Technical Writing 3
PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology 3
Elective Criminal Justice Administration 3
Elective Mathematics/Science 3-5
  Semester Total 15-17
Third Semester    
CJA 215 Law Enforcement and Society  
or CJA 225 Probation and Parole 3
CJA 240 Criminal Law 3
PSC 141 American Federal Government  
or PSC 235 Constitutional Law 3
SOC 151 Modern Social Problems 3
Elective Mathematics/Science 3-5
  Semester Total 15-17
Fourth Semester    
CJA 201 Criminal Evidence and Court Procedure 3
PSC 142 State and Local Government 3
SOC 250 Criminology 3
Electives Criminal Justice Administration 6
  Semester Total 15
  Credit Total 60-64

CED 272 may be taken for degree credit in this program.

Students wishing to qualify for employment in law enforcement should take CJA 105 and 215. Students wishing to qualify for employment in corrections agencies should take CJA 116 and 225.

Students wishing to transfer to a four-year college or university should take ENG 106.

Students should consult four-year college or university catalogs for the transferability of suggested CJA electives.