Criminal Justice

Associate of Applied Science Degree

You can earn an associate of applied science degree in criminal justice. Note that not all courses for each program can be offered every semester.

You will need to successfully complete a minimum of 60 Credit Hours.


Required Core Courses

Core 42 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
CRIM 1010 Introduction to Criminal Justice
An overview of the history, development, and philosophies of crime control within a democratic society. Examines the criminal justice system with emphasis on the police, the prosecution and defense, the courts, and the correctional agencies.
3
CRIM 1020 Introduction to Corrections
Outlines corrections in a systematic process showing the evolving changes within institutional and community-based corrections. Topics include, but are not limited to the history of corrections, the influence of social thought and philosophy on the development of corrections, the rights of the incarcerated inmate, and the duties of the correctional officer.
3
CRIM 1270 Introduction to Forensic Crime Scene Investigation
Designed to introduce the student to the area of Forensic Science and the use of the crime laboratory. The course will also concern itself with the various types of evidence and how the crime lab processes them. It covers the proper collection of evidence and its handling, which includes proper packing and mailing procedures required by the crime lab. The student will also be introduced to such scientific techniques as toxicology and questioned document analysis.
3
CRIM 2000 Criminal Law
Outlines the purpose and function of criminal law. Topics include, but are not limited to, the rights and duties of citizens and police in relation to local, state, and federal law such as arrest, search and seizure, and confessions; the development, application, and enforcement of laws; constitutional issues; and sentencing.
3
CRIM 2030 Police and Society
Examines the role of the police in relationship to law enforcement and the United States of American society. Topics include, but are not limited to, the role and function of police, the nature of police organizations and police work, and the patterns of police-community relations.
3
CRIM 2080 Criminal Procedures
This course is a study of the legal limitations on criminal investigative practices contained in the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments to the Constitution. Topics include probable cause, reasonable suspicion, warrants (arrest and search), search and seizure of persons and things, motor vehicle stops, arrest and detention, the exclusionary rule, stop and frisk, electronic surveillance and evidence, lineups and show ups, interrogations, confessions, the right to counsel and legal liabilities of public officers.
3
CRIM 2100 Juvenile Justice
Examines the origins, philosophy, and objectives of the juvenile justice system. Topics include, but are not limited to, causation of crime, such as race and gender, socioeconomic relevance, and victimization; the juvenile court system, the law enforcement approach, corrections, and prevention.
3
CRIM 2200 Criminology
Examines crime and criminology from a broad social perspective. Emphasizes the nature and causes of crimes, investigation and prosecution, and treatment and prevention.
3
CRIM 2250 Community-Based Corrections
Emphasizes the correctional process as applied in a community setting. Focuses on probation, parole, and other current community-based strategies for dealing with the offender.
3
CRIM 2260 Criminal Investigation
Introduces criminal investigation procedures. Reviews the historical development and investigative processes related to law enforcement functions. Topics include, but are not limited to: the proper collection, organization and preservation of evidence; basic investigative tools; examining the primary sources of information; analysis of the importance of writing skills; and reviewing of the constitutional, specifically legal limitations of the investigation.
3
CRIM 2300 Sociology of Deviant Behavior
Theoretical analysis of the relation of deviant behavior including crime, vice, innovation, individual pathology, and deviant subgroups to community standards of conventional behavior as expressed in law and norms.
3
CRIM 2350 Security and Loss Prevention
Provides insight into the complex problems of loss prevention in today's society, including security staffing needs, fire protection and control, duties and responsibilities of security personnel, internal controls, emergency and disaster planning, and internal theft.
3
CRIM 2580 Communication Skills in Criminal Justice
This course will address communication skills that are essential in today's criminal justice environment. Concentration will be on enhancing speaking skills, understanding body language, interview and interrogation techniques, and developing listening skills. Additionally, a portion of the class will concentrate on report writing for both law enforcement and corrections.
3

Required General Education Courses

Behavioral Science 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
SOCI 1010 Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to the basic principles of sociology including the study of culture, socialization, social structure, social institutions, investigative behavior, deviance, inequalities including race, ethnicity, stratification; demography, population, and theoretical perspectives.
3

Exploratory Studies 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
LEAD 1010 Introduction to Community Leadership
The course provides an overview of core competencies for community leadership. Students will be introduced to a variety of topics and speakers thus enhancing their understanding of effective leadership, cultural dynamics, and the resources necessary to sustain and revitalize a community. Students will study effective techniques for framing ideas, how to build and use social capital, and how to mobilize resources. This course challenges each student to select a community and design a community engagement strategy.
3

Mathematics 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MATH 1100 Foundations of Mathematics
This course is designed to give the students a survey of mathematics topics including set theory, logic, geometry and dimensional analysis, financial calculations and management graph theory, probability and statistics. Main emphasis will be the application of problem solving methods while studying topics.
3

Oral Communication 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
SPCH 1110 Public Speaking
This course will enable students to master the skills required of speaking in today's workplace and society. This course will focus on the organization, preparation, research, and evidence needed for a presentation that is tailored to fit the audience. This course will also enhance the students' listening skills which will assist them in everyday situations.
3

Science or Technology 3 Credit Hours

select one
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
INFO 1010 Fundamentals of Information Technology
Overview of the basic concepts of information technology and computer systems of all sizes, including hardware, software, and processing methods. This course includes an introduction to electronic spreadsheet, database management, presentation, and word processing software through the use of the Microsoft Office Suite. Basic keyboarding skills are essential.
3
INFO 1100 Microcomputer Applications
Covers the command and functions available on microcomputers including a word processor, a spreadsheet, and a database. Basic keyboarding skills are essential.
3

Written Communication 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ENGL 1010 English Composition I
Designed to develop writing skills. Students write papers and essays which emphasize the importance of clarity, idea development, focus, organization, word choice, logic and sentence construction. The process of planning, writing, revising, and editing essays for a particular audience and basic research-related skills are also emphasized.
3

Suggested Elective Courses

Electives 3-5.5 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
CRIM 2400 Jail Management Certification Training
Provides applicants with skills and instruction in accordance with Nebraska Jail Standards regulations. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be certified to work in Nebraska county and local jails.
5.5
CRIM 1800 Criminal Justice Practicum
Under faculty and agency supervision, students will work at a criminal justice agency in all appropriate facets of that agency and apply acquired skills and principles studied in the classroom.
3
SOCI 2150 Issues of Unity and Diversity
This course will help students increase awareness and sensitivity of commonalities and differences among people and acquire knowledge of minority group issues and challenges. The course will prepare students to more critically, actively, and effectively participate in an increasingly diverse and global society.
3
SPAN 1200 Elementary Spanish I
An introduction to the grammatical and conversational study of the Spanish language. Emphasis on the history and culture of the Spanish speaking world.
4

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