Criminal Justice

Associate in Science

The Criminal Justice curriculum is dedicated to provide the theoretical, practical and professional knowledge needed in today's environment to be successful in the fields of policing, corrections, courts, probation, parole, private security and related service careers. Emphasis is placed on preparing the student for the professional workplace or continued studies in a four-year institution. The curriculum is designed to provide the student with expert instruction on the most current trends, policies and practices in the field.

Graduates of a New Jersey police academy may be eligible for up to 16 credits toward the Criminal Justice, Associate in Science degree.

Four Academic/Career Tracks have been developed to guide Program elective course selection and accommodate specific academic and career paths:

Corrections Track - 9 credits
CRIM102 Introduction to Criminology
CRIM106 Introduction to Corrections
CRIM210 Community Based Corrections
Policing Track - 9 credits
CRIM105 Police Operations
CRIM203 Criminal Investigation
CRIM214 Organized Crime
Law Enforcement Technologies Track - 11 credits
Choose CRIM190 or AVIT140
CRIM/CISM240 Computer Forensics
CRIM/CISM262 Mobile Forensics Investigation
Homeland Security Track - 9 credits
CRIM107 Introduction to Cyber Crimes
CRIM108 Introduction to Terrorism
CRIM170 Concepts in Homeland Security

 

For more program information, contact faculty advisor, Dean Wyks at (609) 343-4915/ dwyks@atlantic.edu, or contact Karl Giulian, at (609) 343-4996 / kgiulian@atlantic.edu.

Upon Completion of this program students will be able to:

  • Explain modern criminal investigative theories and procedures;
  • Accurately assess persons with whom he or she must deal realizing the person’s motivations, aspirations and fears;
  • Describe the criminal justice system and the role of each agency within the system;
  • Demonstrate sensitivity for the problems of people in today’s complex, changing society;
  • Analyze problems and seek alternative solutions in making decisions on the job;
  • Articulate the moral and ethical implications of police work in today’s society and be aware of the obligations of the law enforcement officer.
Courses Credits
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES - 30 credits
When a General Education course is not specified, refer to the list of approved General Education courses.
Communication (6 credits)  
    ENGL101-Composition I
3
    ENGL102-Composition II
3
Mathematics-Science-Technology (15 credits)  
    CISM125-Introduction to Computers
3
    CHEM102-Forensic Science or any General Education Science course
4
    MATH220-Statistical Methods
4
    General Education Mathematics
4
Social Science (6 credits)  
    PSYC101-General Psychology
3
    SOCL101-Principles of Sociology
3
Humanities (3 credits)  
    General Education Humanities course
3
TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION CREDITS
30
PROGRAM COURSES - 21 credits
    CRIM101-Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

    CRIM109-Ethics in Criminal Justice
3
    CRIM130-The Criminal Court System
3
    CRIM201-Criminal Law
3
    CRIM202-Constitutional Law
3
    CRIM206-Juvenile Justice
3
    CRIM216-Criminal Justice Report Writing
3

PROGRAM ELECTIVES 9-12 credits

Select a Track (see above) or choose three courses:

    AVIT140-Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations-Multi-Rotor

    CRIM102-Introduction to Criminology

    CRIM105-Police Operations

    CRIM106-Introduction to Corrections

    CRIM107-Introduction to Cyber-Crimes

    CRIM108-Introduction to Terrorism

    CRIM170-Concepts in Homeland Security

    CRIM190-Special Topics in Criminal Justice  

    CRIM203-Criminal Investigation

    CRIM210-Community Based Corrections

    CRIM214-Organized Crime

    CRIM240-Computer Forensics (4 cr.)   

    CRIM250-Internship in Criminal Justice (Field Study or Court Study-4 cr.)

    CRIM262-Mobile Forensic Investigations (4 cr.)

 
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS
30-32
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE 60-63
(CRIM) EFFECTIVE FALL 2017  

Recommended sequence of courses:

First Semester (15 credits)

CISM125

Introduction to Computers

3

CRIM101

Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

ENGL101

Composition I

3

Gen Ed

General Education Humanities course

3

PSYC101

General Psychology

3

Second Semester (15 credits)

CRIM130

The Criminal Court System

3

CRIM201

Criminal Law

3

ENGL102

Composition II

3

CRIM109

Ethics in Criminal Justice

3

SOCL101

Principles of Sociology

3

Third Semester (16-17 credits)

CRIM202

Constitutional Law

3

CRIM216

Criminal Justice Report Writing

3

MATH220

Statistical Methods

4

CRIM206

Juvenile Justice

3

CRIM

Track Course or Program Elective

3/4

Fourth Semester  (14-16 credits)

Choose

CHEM102 or General Ed. Science course

4

Gen Ed

Mathematics course

4

CRIM (2)

Track Courses or Program Electives

6/8