Criminal Justice

Associate in Science

Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice curriculum is dedicated to provide the theoretical, practical and professional knowledge needed in today's environment to be successful in the fields of policing, corrections, courts, probation, parole, private security and related service careers. Emphasis is placed on preparing the student for the professional workplace or continued studies in a four-year institution. The curriculum is designed to provide the student with expert instruction on the most current trends, policies and practices in the field.

Graduates of a New Jersey police academy may be eligible for up to 18 credits toward the Criminal Justice, Associate in Science degree. Graduates of a New Jersey Corrections Academy may be eligible for up to 15 credits toward the Criminal Justice, A.S. degree. Graduates of a New Jersey Fire Academy may be eligible for up to 12 credits toward the Criminal Justice, A.S. degree. 

Five Academic/Career Tracks have been developed to guide Program elective course selection and accommodate specific academic and career paths:

Corrections Track

Course Code Course Name
CRIM102 Introduction to Criminology
CRIM106 Introduction to Corrections
CRIM210 Community Based Corrections

Policing Track

Course Code Course Name
CRIM105 Police Operations
CRIM203 Criminal Investigation
CRIM214 Organized Crime

Law Enforcement Technologies Track

Course Code Course Name
Choose CRIM190 or AVIT140
CRIM240 Computer Forensics
CRIM262 Mobile Forensics Investigation

Homeland Security Track

Course Code Course Name
CRIM107 Introduction to Cyber Crimes
AVIT140 sUAS Operation-Multi-Rotor
CRIM170 Concepts in Homeland Security

Fire Safety Track

Course Code Course Name
FIRS101 Introduction to Fire Fighting
FIRS102 Introduction to Fire Prevention
FIRS103 Fire Prevention/Fire Inspector I
FIRS201 Firefighting Strategy and Tactics

For more program information, contact faculty advisor, Dean Wyks at (609) 343-4915 or dwyks@atlantic.edu.

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Upon Completion of this program students will be able to:

  • Explain modern criminal investigative theories and procedures;
  • Accurately assess persons with whom he or she must deal realizing the person’s motivations, aspirations and fears;
  • Describe the criminal justice system and the role of each agency within the system;
  • Demonstrate sensitivity for the problems of people in today’s complex, changing society;
  • Analyze problems and seek alternative solutions in making decisions on the job;
  • Articulate the moral and ethical implications of police work in today’s society and be aware of the obligations of the law enforcement officer.
Courses Credits
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES - 30 credits
When a General Education course is not specified, refer to the list of approved General Education courses.
Communication (6 credits)  
    ENGL101-Composition I
3
    ENGL102-Composition II
3
Mathematics-Science-Technology (12 credits)  
    General Education Science course
4
    MATH220-Statistical Methods
4
    General Education Mathematics
4
Social Science (6 credits)  
    PSYC101-General Psychology
3
    SOCL101-Principles of Sociology
3
Humanities (3 credits)  
    General Education Humanities course
3
General Education Elective (3 credits)
*General Education course 3
TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION CREDITS
30
PROGRAM COURSES - 18 credits
    CRIM101-Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

    CRIM109-Ethics in Criminal Justice
3
    CRIM130-The Criminal Court System
3
    CRIM201-Criminal Law
3
    CRIM202-Constitutional Law
3
    CRIM206-Juvenile Justice
3

PROGRAM ELECTIVES 12 credits

Select a Track (see above) or choose a minimum of three courses:

    AVIT140-Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operation-Multi-Rotor

    COMM110-Interpersonal Communications

    CRIM102-Introduction to Criminology

    CRIM105-Police Operations

    CRIM106-Introduction to Corrections

    CRIM107-Introduction to Cyber-Crimes

    CRIM170-Concepts in Homeland Security

    CRIM190-Special Topics in Criminal Justice  

    CRIM203-Criminal Investigation

    CRIM210-Community Based Corrections

    CRIM214-Organized Crime

    CRIM216-Criminal Justice Report Writing

    CRIM240-Computer Forensics (4 cr.)   

    CRIM250-Internship in Criminal Justice (Field Study or Court Study-4 cr.)

    CRIM262-Mobile Forensic Investigations (4 cr.)

    FIRS101-Introduction to Firefighting

    FIRS102-Introduction to Fire Prevention

    FIRS103-Fire Prevention/Fire Inspector I

    FIRS201-Firefighting Strategy and Tactics

 

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*Technological Competency: 0-4 Credits

(Is fulfilled with CISM125 or CISM132, which may be taken as a General Education elective, testing or reviewed departmental portfolio.)

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS
30
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE 60
(CRIM) EFFECTIVE FALL 2020  

Recommended sequence of courses:

Course Code Course Name Course Credits

First Semester (15 credits)

CRIM101

Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

ENGL101

Composition I

3

Gen Ed

General Education Humanities course

3

*Gen Ed

General Education course

3

PSYC101

General Psychology

3

Second Semester (15 credits)

CRIM130

The Criminal Court System

3

CRIM201

Criminal Law

3

ENGL102

Composition II

3

CRIM109

Ethics in Criminal Justice

3

SOCL101

Principles of Sociology

3

Third Semester (16 credits)

CRIM202

Constitutional Law

3

Choose

Track or Progam Elective

3

MATH220

Statistical Methods

4

CRIM206

Juvenile Justice

3

Choose

Track Course or Program Elective

3

Fourth Semester  (14 credits)

Choose

General Ed. Science course 

4

Gen Ed

Mathematics course

4

Choose (2)

Track Courses or Program Electives (select two courses)

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