Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for immediate employment in criminal justice agencies that do not require academy basic training prior to employment or that require their own academy training after hire. Students can select a combination of courses that are appropriate to their interest in law enforcement, criminology, penology, probation and parole, corrections, or other areas of criminal justice.

  • Associate of Applied Science

    The two-year Associate of Applied Science degree supports both the goals of employment and academic transfer. 

    Program Outcomes

    • Build a strong base of knowledge in the field of criminal justice and provide academic and practical, skills-based exposure to the overall criminal justice-related fields (law enforcement, courts, corrections, security and loss prevention).
    • Prepare students for entry-level employment in public/ private criminal justice related organizations
    • Assist students in the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills, and the ability to conceptualize ideas
    • Expose students to courses in computation, communications, and human relations, and will assist students in developing an understanding and appreciation for diversity, social responsibility, and the participation in public affairs
    • Provide opportunities for higher education and training for criminal justice professionals via regional training courses, and through online or independent study courses
    • Serve those students seeking a career in criminal justice and/or planning to pursue an education beyond the associates level
  • AAS-Peace Officer Option

    The Associate of Science Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Peace Officer option provides students with a foundation of knowledge in the field of public safety and prepares students for a career in the profession of law enforcement. 

    Program Outcomes

    • Build a strong base of knowledge in the field of criminal justice and provide academic and practical, skills-based exposure to the overall criminal justice-related fields (law enforcement, courts, corrections, security and loss prevention).
    • Prepare students for entry-level employment in public/private law enforcement and/or security related organizations
    • Assist students in the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills, and the ability to conceptualize ideas
    • Expose students to courses in computation, communications, and human relations, and will assist students in developing an understanding and appreciation for diversity, social responsibility, and participation in public affairs
    • Provide students with opportunities for practical experience in the criminal justice system via internships, fieldwork, and skills-based course offerings
    • Serve those students seeking a career in the public or private sector as a peace officer or security and loss prevention officer by providing in-depth and practical skills-based exposure to the law enforcement and/or security component of criminal justice
  • AAS - Private Security Option

    The Associate of Applied Science Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Private Security option provides students with a foundation of knowledge in the field of private security and prepares students for a career in the profession of security and loss prevention. 

    Program Outcomes

    • Build a strong base of knowledge in the field of criminal justice and provide academic and practical, skills-based exposure to the overall criminal justice-related fields (law enforcement, courts, corrections, security and loss prevention).
    • Prepare students for entry-level employment in public/private law enforcement and/or security related organizations
    • Assist students in the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills, and the ability to conceptualize ideas
    • Expose students to courses in computation, communications, and human relations, and will assist students in developing an understanding and appreciation for diversity, social responsibility, and participation in public affairs
    • Provide students with opportunities for practical experience in the criminal justice system via internships, fieldwork, and skills-based course offerings
    • Serve those students seeking a career in the public or private sector as a peace officer or security and loss prevention officer by providing in-depth and practical skills-based exposure to the law enforcement and/or security component of criminal justice
  • Certificate of Applied Science - Corrections Officer

    The one-year Certificate of Applied Science - Corrections Officer certificate provides students with a foundation of knowledge in the field of corrections and the institutionalization of criminal offenders. The certificate program prepares students for a career in both public and private corrections and detention facilities. 

    Program Outcomes

    • Help students build a strong base of knowledge in the field of corrections
    • Prepare students for entry-level employment in public and private corrections-related organizations
    • Assist students in the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills, and the ability to conceptualize ideas
    • Expose students to courses in computation, communication, and human relations, and will assist students in developing an understanding and appreciation for diversity, social responsibility and the participation in public affairs
    • Serve those students seeking a career in corrections by providing in-depth and practical skills based exposure to the corrections component of criminal justice
Suggested Courses
Credits
CAPP131 Basic MS Office 3
CJLE105 Police Patrol Procedures 3
CJLE106 Basic Police Firearms Training 2
CJLE108 Traffic Accident Investigation 3
CJLE109 Police Report Writing 3
CJLE110 Interview/Interrogation 3
CJLE209 Criminal Investigation 3
CJLE212 Defensive Tactics 3
CJLE225 Intro to Security and Loss Prevention 3
CJLE240 Security Administration 3
CJLE245 Security Systems 3
CJLE298 CJLE Internship 1
CJUS121 Intro to Criminal Justice 3
CJUS200 Principles Criminal Law 3
CJUS208 CJ Ethics/Leadership 3
CJUS215 CJ Community Relations 3
CJUS220 Intro to Corrections 3
CJUS231 Criminal Evidence/Procedure 3
COMX111 Intro to Public Speaking 3
ECP100 First Aid/CPR 1
M111 Technical Math 3
PSCI210 Intro to American Government 3
PSCI260 Intro to State and Local Government 3
PSYX100 Intro to Psychology 3
SOCI101 Intro to Sociology 3
SOCI201 Social Problems 3
SOCI206 Deviant Behavior 3
SOCI211 Intro to Criminology 3
SOCI260 Intro to Juvenile Delinquency 3
WRIT101 College Writing I 3
WRIT122 Intro to Business Writing 3
WRIT201 College Writing II 3

Explore the Dawson Community College catalog for suggested plans of study and course descriptions.