Police Science, Associate of Applied Science
Students pursuing a career in criminal justice have several career options in public and private corrections, security, and law enforcement arenas. Law enforcement officers may be responsible for protection of life and property, prevention of crimes, and the arrest of violators. Security personnel may be responsible for the protection of property, the prevention of crimes and the detection of those violating laws. Corrections officers may be responsible for maintaining discipline and order in prisons, jails, detention centers, and halfway houses through the supervision and control of residents. Management opportunities in criminal justice and criminal justice administration can include local, state and federal agency work. Persons competing for entry-level criminal justice employment will generally be required to complete an employment application, written and oral exam, drug and psychological screening, background investigation, polygraph, medical exam and physical ability/agility testing.
Students must complete a minimum of 91 credit hours with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better. Twenty-four (24) credits must be completed at Southwestern before the degree is awarded.
Courses that are developmental in nature, (designed to prepare students for college transfer courses), are not applicable to this degree.
Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program the student will be able to:
- Identify the characteristics of professional integrity and ethical standards for Oregon criminal justice professionals.
- Describe and relate the constitutional rights and responsibilities of citizens, offenders, and victims as they apply to state, federal, and procedural laws.
- Describe the processes and technology used to gather, investigate, manage, and report information in the criminal justice field.
- Identify the legal responsibilities of criminal justice professionals as they relate to cultural diversity and establishing positive community relationships.
Students are required to take the following courses prior to the program courses, depending on students' college placement information. See advisor for details:
|CIS90||Computer Basics (or demonstrate proficiency)||2|
|MTH20||Basic Mathematics (or placement in a higher math course)||4|
|WR90R||Academic Literacy (or placement in higher writing course)||4|
|CJ100||Intro to Criminal Justice||4|
|CIS120||Concepts of Computing||4|
|CJ110||Intro to Policing||4|
|CJ125||The American Court System 4||3|
|MTH98||Math Literacy 6||4|
|CJ204||Cmty Policing in a Diverse Society||4|
|CJ213||Interview and Interrogation Skills 4||3|
|PHL103||Intro to Logic and Critical Thnkg||3|
|PSY100||Introduction to Psychology 2||4|
|CJ210||Criminal Investigation of Crimes Against Property 4||3|
|CJ220||Introduction to Criminal Law 8||4|
|CJ162||Public Safety First Aid 10||1|
|BA285||Human Relations in Organizations 1||3|
|SOC204||Introduction to Sociology 2||3|
|CJ214||Criminal Investigations of Crimes Against Persons 4||3|
|CJ226||Constitutional Law 9||4|
|CJ231||Forensic Photography 4||2|
|SP219||Small Group Discussion 5||3|
|SOC205||Social Institutions and Change 2||3|
|CJ240||Police Report Writing||3|
|CJ247||Ethics in Criminal Justice 4||3|
|SOC206||Social Problems and Issues 2||3|
|PE231||Wellness for Life 7||3|
Any course 100 level or higher not required for the degree.
Specific Elective options: Any CJ, EM, EMT, or FS course not required for the degree.
All Honors courses may substitute for their equivalent requirements.