The A.A.S. Criminal Justice program at Pierpont Community & Technical College provides students with a broad orientation to the entire system of criminal justice. In order to accommodate students’ various backgrounds and career aspirations, the program allows students (with advisor assistance and approval) some flexibility in structuring the curriculum to meet their individual interests and career-related needs.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Identify and explain the inter-related components of law enforcement, the correctional system, the court systems, and their basis in the US Constitution and legislation
- Identify and explain causes of crime and trends in crime
- Write effectively for the field including police reports and summations of cases
- Assess the effectiveness of certain conduct when dealing with diverse populations especially in the investigative and interviewing process
- Evaluate the appropriateness of certain behaviors as they relate to suitability for employment in the Criminal Justice profession
Graduates of this program are often employed by local, county, and state governments; industrial commercial coordinators; security agencies; and social service agencies as police officers, correctional officers, security/loss prevention specialists, and private investigators.
Graduates may be requires to go through a background check before employment into their desired field.
GNED ELEC can be a Math or Science General Studies Course.
ENGL 1109 may be substituted for ENGL 1108.
COMM 2201 or 2202 can be substituted for COMM 2200.
ENGL 1104 Prerequisite(s): 18 or higher on the English portion of ACT; 450 or higher on Critical Reading of SAT; A scaled score of 38 or higher on Writing Skills Set of ASSET; 71 or higher on English portion of COMPASS; 88 or higher on Sentence Skills of ACCUPLACER. Students falling below the listed scores will be required to take a four(4) credit hour ENGL 1104.
ENGL 1109 can be substituted for ENGL 1108.
COMM 2201 or COMM 2202 can be substituted for COMM 2200.
GEND ELEC can be a Math or Science General Studies Course.