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.
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.
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (38 HRS.)
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.)
CORE REQUIREMENTS: (19 HRS.)
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)
APPROVED ELECTIVES: (6 HRS.)
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.
TOTAL 63 CREDITS MIN.