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Criminal Justice Justice


The Associate in Science degree in Criminal Justice Technology: Generic is a technical degree for students seeking non-sworn positions in public safety professions. The Criminal Justice Technology program is designed to provide competencies for the diverse field of criminal justice. Upon successful completion of the courses within the program, the student will be awarded the Associate in Science degree in Criminal Justice Technology.

The A.S. degree in Criminal Justice Technology: Generic opens up entry level non-sworn positions in juvenile justice, private sector security, law enforcement, corrections, and parole and probations. There is only one A.S. program in Criminal Justice Technology. Students may select one of the three options available: basic law enforcement, generic or corrections, but the degree is awarded to the student only once.

An associate degree can make a big difference in your life. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that individuals with associate degrees earn 21 percent more than those with only a high school education.

Please note that some of the courses in this program have a Gordon Rule writing requirement.

General Education Requirements

  1. Communications (3.00 credits)

    This is the first required general core course in college-level writing. The student will learn to compose essays and other works using various methods of development. Prerequisites: The grade of 'S' in ENC0025 and/or REA0017 or appropriate placement test score. (3 hr. lecture)
  2. Oral Communications (3.00 Credits)

    This course provides students with the oral communications skills necessary for success in personal, professional and educational settings. Students will learn through the study and experiential practice of interpersonal communication, presentational speaking and group dynamics of communication and be able to use them effectively. (3 hr. lecture)
  3. Humanities (3.00 credits)

    This is a foundation course in philosophy. Students will learn critical thinking skills and will study major theories of ethics. Students will use methods of effective reasoning to reflect critically upon their values, ethical standards, and the ethical permissibility of topics such as euthanasia, animal rights, and environmental ethics. Prerequisite. ENC1101 (3 hr. lecture)
  4. Behavioral/Social Science (3.00 Credits)

    This is an applied psychology course which emphasizes understanding of the principles of effective human behavior and applying these to the areas of personal awareness, interpersonal relations, communication, and work/career development. Students will learn strategies to apply these principles in both their personal and professional lives. (3 hr. lecture)
  5. Math/Science (6.00 Credits)

    This course introduces the student to the concept of functions and their graphs. Students will graph linear, quadratic, rational, exponential, logarithmic, radical, power, and absolute value functions and transformations; perform operations on and compositions of functions; find the inverse of a function; apply the laws of logarithms to simplify expressions and solve equations; graph non-linear inequalities; solve related applications and modeling problems. Prerequisite: MAT1033 with a grade of "C" or better or satisfactory placement test scores. (3 hr. lecture)

    Investigation of the physical environment using energy as a theme to demonstrate the impact of science and technology on the environment and on the lives of people. (3 hr. lecture)
  6. Computer Competency

    Test type(s) needed:

    This is an introductory level course that satisfies the College's computer competency requirement. Students will learn essential computer concepts and skills as well as knowledge of how to use current software applications. Topics include word processing, spreadsheets, database, presentation software, email, Internet, and legal and ethical issues concerning the use of computers and the Internet. (3 hr. lecture; 2 hr. lab)
  7. Major Course Requirements (30.00 Credits)

    Theories and causes of criminal and delinquent behavior, including its variations, ramifications, explanations and measures of prevention, control and treatment. (3 hr. lecture)

    History, development, philosophy, constitutional aspects, introduction to and survey of the agencies and processes involved in the administration of criminal justice in a democratic society. (3 hr. lecture)

    Human behavior and how it relates to the duties and responsibilities of the criminal justice practitioner. (3 hr. lecture)

    Historical background and foundations of American criminal law, including United States Constitutional requirements, Federal and State court organization and jurisdiction, criminal law basics, Florida statutes, rules of evidence and procedure. (3 hr. lecture)

    An analysis of the theories and causes of juvenile delinquent behavior. The role of the three components of the juvenile justice system (Police, Court, Corrections) and their impact on prevention and rehabilitation. (3 hr. lecture)

    The general problems created by illegal use of narcotics and dangerous substances, with emphasis upon classification, description and history of drugs, etiology of addiction, extent of drug use and its relationship to criminal behavior and methods of control. (3 hr. lecture)

    A comprehensive view of the historical and philosophical treatment programs and developments in the field of juvenile and adult corrections. Emphasis is on understanding the offender in the correctional system; an examination of the correctional client, the non-institutional correctional systems, agencies and recidivism. (3 hr. lecture)

    The history, current practices and the consideration of philosophical concepts in the areas of probation and parole. (3 hr. lecture)

    An examination of the United States and Florida Constitutions, with emphasis on leading cases dealing with arrest, search and seizure, confessions and the rules of evidence. (3 hr. lecture)

    Fundamentals of criminal investigation, theory and practice, including crime scene search; preservation, collection and transportation of physical evidence interviewing, interrogating; statement taking; and case preparation, with investigation of specific offenses; relationship with the police science laboratory. (3 hr. lecture)
  8. Major Course Elective (16.00 Credits)

    To provide an overview of the various careers in criminal justice, and to help students define their career interests and physical abilities. A.S. degree credit only. (1-3 hr. lecture)

    An overview of the basic economic concepts and institutions. Students will learn the modern national income formation theory, economic fluctuations, money, banking, monetary and fiscal policy, economic stabilization theory and policy, the public sector, theory of economic growth and development comparative economic systems. (3 hr. lecture)

    The American Constitution and its development, the organization and functions of the national government, political parties and the electoral process, and the relationship of the individual to the federal government. (3 hr. lecture)

    The typical state and local government organization, together with political practices in America, with special emphasis on the governmental organization and the major contemporary political problems of the State of Florida and of Florida communities. (3 hr. lecture)

    This course provides an overview of the field of psychology. Students will learn about the biological and environmental bases of behavior, and theories and concepts in such areas as personality, intelligence, learning, motivation, emotions and mental illness. Students will increase their knowledge about the brain-body connection and applied neurosciences. (3 hr. lecture)

    This course engages in a scientific study of society providing an overview of sociology as a social science. It includes its development as a discipline and methodology. It examines culture as a basis for human behavior, how it is acquired and its norms obeyed. It explores the issues of social inequality within society, including the issues of ethnicity and gender. The issues of social change and social institutions are examined, along with those of demography and urbanization, together with the great challenges these currently pose to the modern world. (3 hr. lecture)

Not all courses are offered every term. Please refer to our online schedule of courses each term for listed offerings.