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

Attention 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:

• describe and explain the functions of law enforcement, the courts, and corrections.
• 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, explain, and analyze the legal and ethical issues in criminal justice.