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2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Criminal Justice, AAS

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Award: Associate of Applied Science

Degree Code: CRJU

Number of Credits: 60

Program Description

The Criminal Justice Program at Cecil College is structured around the study of crime, deviance and forensics.  The Criminal Justice curriculum will prepare and empower students to be critical thinkers and responsible citizens, and to analyze criminal and social behavior from a deeper perspective. Criminal Justice majors gain the skills and the depth of knowledge that enable them to understand, interpret and explain a wide range of criminal behavior.  The Criminal Justice program provides students with an opportunity to pursue studies leading to careers within the field or four-year degree programs.

Transfer Information

Cecil College has the following transfer agreements:  https://www.cecil.edu/student-resources/advising-transfer/transfer-agreements.  Additionally, transfer information is available at the ARTSYS website (The Articulation System of Maryland). Contact your advisor for detailed information.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities in Criminal Justice may include law enforcement, court systems, corrections, criminal investigation, detective services, forensics, and security services.

Required Courses

The computer literacy requirement will be met throughout the coursework in the degree program.

General Education Requirement Electives - Select 4 Credits

Please see Academic Advisor for elective selection.

  • BIO - Biology Science Elective with Lab (S/SL) - 4 Credits or
  • CHM - Chemistry Science Elective with Lab (S/SL) - 4 Credits or
  • PHY - Physics Science Elective with Lab (S/SL) - 4 Credits

Recommended Sequence

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program as a full-time student. Developmental and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Students should consult their degree audit at MyCecil or an academic advisor for individual degree planning.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will meet the General Education Student Learning Outcomes and be able to: 

  • Critically evaluate theoretical perspective to explain the nature of crime and apply criminological theories to specific types of crime- to understand how and why crime happens.
  • Critically evaluate laws and court decisions about crime and criminal behavior.
  • Understand, articulate and evaluate how various factors (social, personal, historical, economic, ) influence human behavior and its impact on policies and laws within the Criminal Justice System.
  • Explain the organization and administration of the criminal justice system
  • Explain the role of research in criminal justice
  • Explain and analyze the Criminal Justice Process, the role of discretion among criminal justice actors, and evaluate best practices.
  • Analyze how ethical principles and ethical codes of conduct apply to criminal justice professionals.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing, demonstrate basic knowledge of information technology as applied to criminal justice research and practice.

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