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Law Enforcement A.A.S.

Department: Criminal Justice

Total Credit Hours: 62-68 credits

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General Education Requirements (24-25 credits)
Mathematics MAT 105 or higher Applied Math or higher 3-4
Communication ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102 or English Composition II (recommended)  3
ENG 125 Business Writing
COM 101 Oral Communication 3
Social Science HIS 101 or U.S. History to 1877  3
HIS 102 or U.S. History Since 1877 
HIS 115 or U.S. History Since 1945 
HIS 270 or History of Missouri 
POL 101 or American Government
POL 102 State & Local Government
Natural Science Any BIO or Any BIOLOGY Course  3
Any CHM or Any CHEMISTRY Course 
Humanities Any Humanities (PHL 102 - Intro to Logic is recommended) 3
Elective BTC/CPT 103 Microcomputer Applications 3
Core Course Requirements (23-28 credits)
CRJ 140 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 170 Criminal Law & Procedures  3
CRJ 171 Rules of Evidence  3
CRJ 175 Criminology 3
CRJ 201 Criminal Justice: Politics & Policy  3
CRJ 206 Introduction to Juvenile Justice Service Systems 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
CRJ 265 Internship I 1-6
CRJ 298 Criminal Justice Capstone 1
Law Enforcement Option - Choose 5 Course From Below  (15 credits)
CRJ 103 Addictive Disease Concepts  3
CRJ 104 Treatment Alcohol & Drugs  3
CRJ 110 Criminal Investigations 3
CRJ 202 Correctional Institutions 3
CRJ 211 Introduction to Victimology 3
CRJ 224 Constitutional Law  3
CRJ 230 Crisis Intervention  3
CRJ 240 Probation and Parole  3
CRJ 260 Police and Community Relations  3
Total Required Hours: 62-68 credits

* The Academic Skills Assessment is required before enrolling in a math or English course. If a student places into lower-level courses that are required for the degree, then the student must first enroll in lower-level courses before enrolling in the courses required for graduation.

** Other writing courses may be substituted for English 102, but if the student plans to transfer to a four-year institution, then English 102 should be taken.

+Courses that will fulfill the graduation requirements for General Education electives, English, Social Science and Natural Science are listed in the Associate of Applied Science Degree Graduation Requirements.

What Is Law Enforcement A.A.S.?

This associate degree program prepares individuals to perform the duties of police and public security officers, including patrol and investigative activities, traffic control, crowd control and public relations, witness interviewing, evidence collection and management, basic crime prevention methods, weapon and equipment operation and maintenance, report preparation and other routine law enforcement responsibilities.

Occupation Overview

Criminal justice graduates with an A.A.S degree may enter the protective service field, which includes jobs in law enforcement.

Occupational Outlook

Because of the multitude of careers in this field, the outlook is varied. Positions that have a bright outlook in the criminal justice field include compliance officers, customs inspectors, law clerks and sheriffs. These positions are projected to experience rapid increases in employment with large numbers of job openings over the next several years or are new and emerging occupations in high-growth industries.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, roughly 3 million workers are employed in the criminal justice field.

Salary Outlook

In the state of Missouri, employees working in the criminal justice field earn a mean average of $49,860 per year, depending on education, experience and employer.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, earnings increase significantly as a worker’s degree of education rises.

Criminal Justice Careers

SCC graduates with an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in criminal justice are employed in a broad range of careers including, but not limited to: bailiff, border patrol agent, compliance officer, correction officer, court administrator, court clerk, court reporter, criminal investigator, customs inspector, harbor, lake and waterways police, highway patrol pilot, immigration inspector, corrections officer, law clerk, narcotics investigator, police and detectives supervisor, police artist, police identification and records officer, police officer, sheriff and warden.

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