Criminal Justice

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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The Criminal Justice Program at PPCC is designed to upgrade the skills and knowledge of employed criminal justice professionals, and to provide a pre-employment or transfer program to students interested in the field, or in continuing on to a four-year school.

The student seeking an AAS degree, or the professional employed in the field can upgrade their skills for hiring, advancement and promotion. PPCC offers one of the broadest ranges of course offerings in the nation.

An AAS degree from PPCC will open doors into many opportunities in law enforcement at the state, federal and local level. Our students have gone on to careers in Criminal Investigations, as Crime Scene Investigators, Corrections officers, State and Federal Probation and Parole officers, and many others. Several PPCC graduates have advanced to become chiefs of police and sheriffs.

Students should realize, however, that a degree from PPCC will not guarantee a position with an agency in the criminal justice field. Many agencies impose requirements other than education for employment. These requirements may be related to age, physical condition, height, weight and vision. The majority of employers in the criminal justice field will not hire persons with a felony conviction, or a lengthy history of drug use. Some arrests and/or convictions for certain crimes will also be disqualifiers. Employers in the field screen for certain psychological and personality traits, and many give pre-employment polygraph tests.

Prospective students with questions concerning the foregoing should consult with faculty advisors.

Learning outcomes: Upon completion of the Criminal Justice program, students should be able to:

  • Explain the origins of criminal behavior, society's response to crime, and the consequences of crime to our society, utilizing multiple perspectives
  • Explain social injustices and social harms within criminal justice systems
  • Compare theoretical frameworks to the causes and prevention of crime, the processes of criminalization, and the impact that crime has on society
  • Discuss the relationships between the courtroom and its procedures, the criminal law and issues of criminal procedure (due process vs. crime control)
  • Document police-related activities through effective report-writing
  • Differentiate and explain the key roles in the core criminal justice areas (law enforcement, law and corrections)

Content criteria, competencies, and student learning outcomes associated with the general education courses required for this degree can be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

General Education Courses

CIS 118

Introduction to PC Applications

3

or

 

 

CSC 105

Computer Literacy

(3)

ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1

3

or

 

 

ENG 131

Technical Writing I: CO1

(3)

ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2

3

or

 

 

COM 115

Public Speaking

(3)

or

 

 

POS 125

American State & Local Government: SS1

(3)

MAT 107

Career Math

3

or

 

 

MAT 120

Mathematics for the Liberal Arts: MA1 or higher

(4)

PSY 112

Psychology of Adjustment

3

Elective

AAS General Education Elective course

3

 

18-19

Additional Required Courses

Must take 42 credit hours from the list below

CRJ 110

Introduction to Criminal Justice: SS3

3

CRJ 125

Policing Systems

3

CRJ 127

Crime Scene Investigation

3

CRJ 135

Judicial Function

3

CRJ 145

Correctional Process

3

CRJ 205

Principles of Criminal Law

3

CRJ 209

Criminal Investigation I

3

CRJ 220

Human Relations & Social Conflict

3

CRJ 225

Crisis Intervention

3

CRJ 230

Criminology

3

CRJ 231

Introduction to Forensic Science & Criminalistics

3

CRJ 235

Delinquent Behavior

3

CRJ 257

Victimology

3

CRJ 268

Criminal Profiling

3

CRJ 280

Internship

3

LEA 118

Police Report Writing

3

Total Credit Hours

60-61

Certificates

Behavior Studies

This certificate provides an understanding of the different theories of criminology that attempt to explain why people commit crimes, and explore the minds of serial offenders and other offenders who victimize people within society. Students will study various theories of crime causation, and specifically individual and sociological influences.

CRJ 220

Human Relations & Social Conflict

3

CRJ 230

Criminology

3

CRJ 235

Delinquent Behavior

3

CRJ 268

Criminal Profiling

3

Total Credit Hours

12

Basic Criminology

This certificate provides an understanding of the causes, consequences, and the prevention of crime in society. Students will understand the nature of crime, how crime is managed, and the impact crime has on society.

CRJ 110

Introduction to Criminal Justice: SS3

3

CRJ 230

Criminology

3

CRJ 235

Delinquent Behavior

3

Total Credit Hours

9

Basic Investigations

This certificate program provides an understanding of investigation, collection and process of evidence from the crime scene to the courtroom. Students may choose this certificate as it may provide an opportunity to work in a non-sworn entry-level position in a law enforcement agency, such as an evidence technician.

CRJ 127

Crime Scene Investigation

3

CRJ 209

Criminal Investigation I

3

CRJ 231

Introduction to Forensic Science & Criminalistics

3

LEA 118

Police Report Writing

3

Total Credit Hours

12

Criminal Justice Basic

This certificate explores historical and current aspects of the criminal justice system. Students will study topics in the areas of policing, judicial systems, and correctional systems.

CRJ 110

Introduction to Criminal Justice: SS3

3

CRJ 135

Judicial Function

3

CRJ 209

Criminal Investigation I

3

CRJ 230

Criminology

3

Total Credit Hours

12

Additional information available on the Criminal Justice Department website at www.ppcc.edu/crj.