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  • Criminial Justice

    Delivery: A mix of daytime, evening and online courses.
    Start: Fall, Spring, or Summer; Full- or Part-Time.
     

    • Criminal Justice — Associate in Science Degree (60 credits)
    • Corrections — Certificate (12 credits)
    • Investigation — Certificate (12 credits)
    • Private Security — Certificate (12 credits)
    • Criminal Justice (CJS) Intelligence and Crime Analysis (10 credits)

About the Program

This Associate in Science degree provides you with a broad-based liberal arts education to help prepare you for the rigors of the criminal justice profession and advancement of knowledge of the criminal justice system. Program curriculum includes criminal law and procedure, policing, investigation, corrections and juvenile justice. Each course is designed to illustrate the social, legal and ethical issues relevant to the criminal justice profession today. Completion of this Associate in Science degree provides a foundation allowing you to transfer to a four-year academic institution. We also offer certificates in focused areas of the Criminal Justice profession.

You are required to complete 80 hours of criminal justice related service learning to complete the AS degree. This requirement will be met upon completion of CJS 2081 & CJS 2085 with a grade of C or higher. You are advised not to enroll in both classes during the same semester.

Century College and Metropolitan State University have partnered to offer a bachelor’s of arts degree in Criminal Justice. This cohort program is a major and degree completion program for Century College students who have been awarded an Associate’s degree in Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice and are ready to earn a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Major courses are offered on the Century College campus evenings or online. For more information, view Metro State Criminal Justice BA Cohort.

Transfer

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Articulation agreements provide students with educational plans that help them transfer into four-year colleges and universities.

Potential Job Titles

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  • Corrections Officers
  • Detectives & Criminal Investigators

Salary Data

Corrections Officers
Average Wage: $22.16/hour
Top Earners: $28.18/hour

Detectives & Criminal Investigators
Average Wage: $35.90/hour
Top Earners: $56.22/hour

Information gathered pertains to seven county metro area - www.iseek.org

Learning Outcomes

Criminal Justice - AS 60 Credits

  • Examine the interaction between police organizations, the courts, corrections, and the community in the administration of justice.
  • Analyze lifelong ethical and professional responsibilities of criminal justice personnel in the administration of justice.
  • Demonstrate effective decision making, critical thinking, and communication skills in written and verbal form.
  • Understand hiring practices, training evolutions, subcultures, attitudes and orientation of criminal justice professionals.
  • Have the requisite knowledge, skill and ability to transfer successfully into the 3rd year of baccalaureate degrees in criminal justice or related fields at other colleges and universities.

Corrections - Certificate 12 Credits

  • Examine the interaction between police organizations, the courts, corrections, and the community in the administration of justice.
  • Analyze lifelong ethical and professional responsibilities of criminal justice personnel in the administration of justice.
  • Demonstrate effective decision making, critical thinking, and communication skills in written and verbal form.
  • Understand hiring practices, training evolutions, subcultures, attitudes and orientation of criminal justice professionals.
  • Have the requisite knowledge, skill and ability to transfer successfully into the 3rd year of baccalaureate degrees in criminal justice or related fields at other colleges and universities.

Intelligence and Crime Analysis - Certificate 10 Credits

  • Analyze lifelong ethical and professional responsibilities of intelligence and crime analysis personnel.
  • Demonstrate effective decision making, critical thinking, and communication skills in written and verbal form.
  • Examine the interactions within intelligence and crime analysis agencies.
  • Understand hiring practices, training evolutions, subcultures, attitudes and orientation of intelligence and crime analysis agencies.

Investigations - Certificate 12 Credits

  • Analyze lifelong ethical and professional responsibilities of intelligence and crime analysis personnel.
  • Demonstrate effective decision making, critical thinking, and communication skills in written and verbal form.
  • Examine the interactions within intelligence and crime analysis agencies.
  • Understand hiring practices, training evolutions, subcultures, attitudes and orientation of intelligence and crime analysis agencies.

Private Security - Certificate 12 Credits

  • Analyze lifelong ethical and professional responsibilities of public and private security personnel.
  • Demonstrate effective decision making, critical thinking, and communication skills in written and verbal form.
  • Examine the interactions between public safety agencies and security agencies.
  • Understand hiring practices, training evolutions, subcultures, attitudes and orientation of public and private security agencies.

Prerequisites

Assessment score placement in Reading 0090 or above, or completion of Reading 0080 with a grade of C or higher.