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Criminal Justice Associate of Arts

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Courses are displayed to show the fastest path to your degree and should be completed in the order listed. If you are unable to complete all courses listed in a semester, complete as many courses in this sequence as your schedule allows. If you have questions or concerns about your MAP, please see your Pathways Advisor.

Program Description

This program is designed for students wanting to complete the first two years of a bachelor's degree at the community college and transfer to a university to complete a Criminal Justice BA or BS. Criminal Justice, policing and correction systems are explored. Some careers require a bachelor's degree. Studying Criminal Justice gives us a better understanding of the three main parts of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, the judicial system, and corrections. This program focuses closely on criminal behavior, criminal law, and constitutional law. Criminal Justice requires a willingness to be understanding of different cultures. This program introduces students to the study of Criminal Justice and includes courses that are common to all Colorado four-year institutions. Career paths for Criminal Justice degree holders lead to a variety of federal, state, and local criminal justice agencies. These include correctional institutions, juvenile corrections, treatment facilities, law enforcement agencies, courts, private security, and investigation work. The Associate of Arts (AA) degree in Criminal Justice prepares students to complete the second half of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Criminal Justice at a four-year university.

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First Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
SOC 101Intro to Sociology I: GT-SS3

3

ENG 121English Composition I: GT-CO1

3

REQUIRED COM 115/125

3

GT- AHAny Arts & Humanities (GT-AH) Course

3

CRJ 110Intro to Criminal Justice: GT-SS3

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Second Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
GT- HI1HIS 122/247/236/250 or Any GT-HI1

3

CRJ 125Policing Systems

3

ENG 122English Composition II: GT-CO2

3

GT- SC1Any Science (GT-SC1) Course

4

GT- MA1MAT 120/121/135 or Any GT-MA1

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Third Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
CRJ 145Correctional Process

3

REQUIRED CRJ Course*

3

GT- SC1/2Any Science (GT-SC1/2) Course

3

GT- SSAny Social & Behavioral Science (GT-SS3)

3

REQUIRED ANT, COM, POS, PSY, or SOC Course**

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Fourth Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
REQUIRED CRJ Course*

3

REQUIRED ANT, COM, POS, PSY, or SOC Course**

3

REQUIRED ANT, COM, POS, PSY, or SOC Course**

3

GT- AHAny Arts & Humanities (GT-AH) Course

3

ELECTIVE Any Approved Elective List Course

2

Total Credit Hours:14
 

Total Credit Hours: 60

Important Program Notes:

Per the Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement (STAA), you may complete ENG 121 (GT-CO1) and ENG 122 (GT-CO2) OR ENG 122 (GT-CO2) and gtPathways-approved CO3 course (GT-CO3).

Per the Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement, you must choose two gtPathway Arts & Humanities courses from two different categories (GT-AH1GT-AH2GT-AH3, or GT-AH4).

*Per the Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement (STAA), you must select two additional required CRJ courses to complete the Association of Arts (AA) degree. The additional required CRJ courses are:CRJ 127, CRJ 135, CRJ 205, CRJ 209, CRJ 230, CRJ 231, CRJ 235, CRJ 236, CRJ 257, or CRJ 268.

**Per the Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement (STAA), you must select three additional required ANT, COM, POS, PSY, or SOC courses to complete the Association of Arts (AA) degree. The additional required ANT, COM, POS, PSY, or SOC courses are: COM 217, COM 225, POS 111, POS 125, PSY 207, PSY 217, PSY 226, PSY 249, or SOC 231. CNG 258 (Digital Forensics) can apply to this degree. However, CNG 132 (Network Security Fundamentals) must be taken prior CNG 258. Taking CNG 132 will increase the total credits to 63 to complete this degree.

Per the Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement (STAA), you must take two gtPathways Natural & Physical Science courses (GT -SC1, GT-SC2). One of these courses must have the required laboratory (GT-SC1).

 
If you take more credits in mathematics and science than are listed, it will reduce the 2 credits of electives needed. You must complete 60 credits to earn your Associate of Arts degree. You should not exceed 62 credits. You may want to check with your advisor to monitor your completion progress and select your electives.