Associate in Arts in Criminal Justice

This program prepares students for positions in the criminal justice field or for transfer to four-year colleges or universities. Students must work closely with their transfer institutions and their SFCC advisers to ensure the best transition to four-year schools.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Discuss in detail the institutions of the U.S. criminal and civil justice systems, including police, courts and corrections.
  • Explain the judicial system and legal procedures with particular emphasis on due process.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history, elements and applications of criminal law.
  • Analyze issues and theories of ethical standards and unethical conduct in criminal justice.
  • Describe the methods used in various social sciences to understand criminal conduct.
  • Process and maintain the integrity of crime scenes.

Class Requirements


Communications (9 hrs.)

ENGL 111         Composition and Rhetoric (3)

ENGL 216         Technical Writing (3)

SPCH 111         Public Speaking (3)


SPCH 225         Small Group Communication (3)

Mathematics (4 hrs.)

MATH 121       College Algebra (4)

Laboratory Science (8 hrs.)

Social/Behavioral Sciences (9 hrs.)

SOCI 111          Introduction to Sociology (3) þ

SOCI 216          Race, Class and Gender (3)

Social/Behavioral Sciences course (3)

Humanities and Fine Arts (7 hrs.)

SPAN 111         Beginning Spanish I (4) þ


SPAN 113         Beginning Heritage Spanish I (4) þ

Humanities and Fine Arts course (3)

The combined total of Social and Behavioral Sciences
and Humanities and Fine Arts areas should equal
15 credit hours.

Health and Wellness (1 hr.)



CRJS 111          Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)

CRJS 201          Ethics of Law Enforcement (3)

CRJS 203          Criminal Law and Procedure (3)

CRJS 214          Police and Patrol (3)

CRJS 223          American Correctional Systems (3)

OFTC 111         Business Software Essentials I (4)


Choose from the following

LEGL 111         Introduction to Law (4)

HUSV 200        Psychology of Addictive Behavior (3)


Choose from courses in Anthropology (ANTH),
Criminal Justice (CRJS), Economics (ECON),
History (HIST), Human Services (HUSV), Legal
Studies (LEGL), Philosophy (PHIL), Psychology (PSYC) or Sociology (SOCI).


Six credit hours of the A.A. and A.S. must come from an approved list of courses that satisfy the following requirements. These are not meant to be additional hours in the degree but are, instead, existing courses that satisfy the requirement and appear anywhere in the degree.

  • Cultural Perspectives (3 credit hours)
  • Sustainable Living (3 credit hours)

NOTE: See First-Year Student Success Course Requirement on Page 8.