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.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 92 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 AAS Criminal Justice 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).

Pre-Program Courses

Students are required to take the following courses prior to the program courses, depending on students' college placement information. See advisor for details:

CIS90Computer Basics (or demonstrate proficiency)2
MTH60Algebra I (or placement in higher math course)4
WR90RAcademic Literacy (or placement in higher writing course)4

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
BA285 Human Relations in Organizations 3
CJ100 Intro to Criminal Justice 4
WR121
English Composition
or English Composition w/Honors
or Introduction to Expository Writing
3
Specific Elective 1 3
Elective 2 3
 Credits16
Winter
CJ101
Intro to Criminology
or Intro to Criminology w/Honors
4
CJ110 Intro to Policing 4
Specific Elective 1 3
Elective 2 3
Specific Elective 3 3
 Credits17
Spring
CJ220
Introduction to Substantive Law
or ROTA 1: Legal Concepts I
4
MTH65 Algebra II 4 4
SP218 Interpersonal Communication 5 3
Specific Elective 1 3
Specific Elective 3 3
 Credits17
Second Year
Fall
CJ222
Constitutional Law
or ROTA 2: Legal Concepts II
4
Specific Elective 1 3
Specific Elective 3 3
Elective 2 3
Health, Wellness, and Fitness 6 1
 Credits14
Winter
CIS120 Concepts of Computing 4
CJ130 Corrections an Introduction 4
Health, Wellness, and Fitness 6 1
Specific Elective 3 3
Elective 2 3
 Credits15
Spring
CJ247 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
Health, Wellness, and Fitness 6 1
Social Science Elective 1 3
Specific Elective 3 6
 Credits13
 Total Credits92

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.