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SSCRJ - Social Sciences Program, Criminal Justice Option, A.A.

Program Title

Social Sciences Program, Criminal Justice Option, A.A.

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Program Description

The Social Science A.A., Criminal Justice Option is specifically designed for students seeking transfer to Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences in New Brunswick, NJ, for a B.A. in Criminal Justice. The study of criminal justice provides an opportunity to learn about issues and problems in society's response to crime. Coursework provides students the opportunity to not only understand the field of criminal justice but have a well-rounded background in general education courses. Career opportunities will be explored in areas such as law enforcement, court administration, corrections, and security. Students who wish to transfer to other colleges or universities should select the Criminal Justice A.S. program.

Graduates of this program will be able to:

- Analyze the constitutional rights and court decisions most important to the criminal justice system
- Analyze the structure of the New Jersey and the United States court systems
- Critique the important decision points in the criminal justice process
- Construct their own personal views on controversial issues raised about the American justice system
- Examine the issues of professional responsibility and ethical standards in the criminal justice system
- Identify occupational opportunities in the three sub-systems of the criminal justice system


General Education: 45-58 Credits

As described in the General Education section of the catalog and as identified below:

General Education Note:

3 credits from the Cultural and Global Awareness (CG) knowledge area are required. Students may not use the CG course to fulfill requirements for another General Education category.

Career Studies: 12 Credits as Follows:

  • Career Studies: 6 credits required

    • course - Introduction to Criminal Justice System Credits: 3

    • course - Police Role in Community Credits: 3

  • Career Studies: 6 credits from among the following:

    • course - Introduction to Corrections Credits: 3

    • course - Introduction to Criminology Credits: 3

    • course - Criminal Due Process Credits: 3

Electives: 0-3 Credits

Total Credits Required for Degree: 60

Suggested Sequence

The following sequence is an example of how this degree can be completed in two years. This sequence is based on satisfaction of all Foundational Studies requirements and prerequisites and presumes a Fall Term start date.  An individual’s program may vary depending on transfer institution, career objectives, or individual needs.  See a counselor for other options and to monitor your progress.

Semester 1: Fall Term

Total Credits: 15-17

Semester 2: Spring Term

Total Credits: 15-16

Semester 3: Fall Term

Total Credits: 16-17

Semester 4: Spring Term

Total Credits: 12-16

Sequence Note:

(1) A minimum of 12 credits are required from the Mathematics, Science orTechnological Competency knowledge areas.