NCCC College Catalog 2023-2024 
    Jun 15, 2024  
NCCC College Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice, AS (66 credit hours)

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*This Program Path sunsets starting Fall 2024

Citizen safety depends on the police officers, detectives, and special agents responsible for enforcing statutes, laws, and regulations. Correctional officers oversee individuals who have been arrested, are awaiting trial or other hearing, or who have been convicted and sentenced. Security officers protect against fire, theft, vandalism, and illegal entry.

The career opportunities in criminal justice, public safety, and private protective services are increasing at the federal, state, and local levels. Criminal justice related occupations are shifting from a semi-professional status to professional.

Promotions usually are made according to a candidate’s position on a promotion list, as determined by written examination and on-the-job performance. Collegiate training helps police officers, detectives, and special agents improve their job performance.


The student will need to demonstrate proficiencies in reading, English, and mathematics based on the Mandatory Placement Policy, or by taking recommended/required classes. Some of the courses in this curriculum have specific prerequisites.

Program Path Sequence

The listing that follows is a recommended sequence of courses for full-time students. Part-time students or those that have transferred courses from another school should generally complete the courses listed under Semester I before moving on to Semester II. Please be sure to consult the course descriptions.It is very important to select the four-year college or university to which transfer is intended no later than the completion of 30 credits hours. Knowing the degree requirements of the transfer institution could make a difference in which courses are selected.

For More Information Contact Program Advisor: Kevin Blackwell, 785-248-2801 or Advising Staff, 620-432-0311 if program advisor is unavailable.
(Fall) Semester I (Spring) Semester II
CRIM 121 Intro To Criminal Justice 3 cr hrs   PSYC 155 General Psychology 3 cr hrs   (SGE)050
CURR 100 First Year Seminar 1 cr hrs  (SGE)070 ENGL 289 English Composition II 3 cr hrs   (SGE)010
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3 cr hrs   (SGE)010 MATH 113 College Algebra 3 cr hrs   (SGE)030
COMM 207 Fundamentals Of Speech 3 cr hrs   (SGE)020 CRIM 128 Criminal Procedure 3 cr hrs    
CSIS 100 Computer Concepts & Applications 3 cr hrs   (SGE)070 SOSC 102 State and Local Government 3 cr hrs   (SGE)050
SOSC 100 Introduction To Sociology 3 cr hrs   (SGE)050  
Total Credit Hours: 16 Total Credit Hours: 15


(Fall) Semester III (Spring) Semester IV
CRIM 122 Criminal Law 3 cr hrs   CRIM 123 Criminal Investigation 3 cr hrs  
HPER 150 Lifetime Fitness 1 cr hrs   CRIM 129 Criminal Justice Administration 3 cr hrs  
BIOL 111 General Biology 3 cr hrs   (SGE)040 PHYS 171 Physical Science 3 cr hrs   (SGE)040
BIOL 112 General Biology Lab 2 cr hrs   (SGE)040 PHYS 172 Physical Science Lab 2 cr hrs   (SGE)040
ART 102 Art Appreciation 3 cr hrs   (SGE)060 ENGL 113 General Literature   (SGE)060 OR
Program Elective 3 cr hrs      ENGL 221 Introduction to Western Literature 3 cr hrs  (SGE)060
Program Elective 3 cr hrs HIST 200 Recent American History  (SGE)060 OR
       HIST 201 United States History I (to 1877)   (SGE)060 OR
       HIST 202 United States History II (1877-present) 3 cr hrs   (SGE)060
Total Credit Hours: 18 Total Credit Hours: 17
Total Program Path Credits for Associate of Science Degree: 66

General Education (GE) Courses

In order to graduate with a college degree, all students are required to take certain general education courses. These include English composition, speech, wellness, science, art and humanities, mathematics, computer systems, and social and behavioral sciences.

Program Core Courses

CRIM 121 - Intro To Criminal Justice , CRIM 122 - Criminal Law , CRIM 123 - Criminal Investigation , CRIM 128 - Criminal Procedure , CRIM 129 - Criminal Justice Administration .

Program Elective Courses

CRIM 126 Interviewing & Report Writing , CRIM 130 Juvenile Justice , CRIM 134 Law Enforcement Seminar , CRIM 247 Criminology , SOSC 220 Social Problems *, SOSC 243 Race and Ethnicity .

*Intended for PSU transfer - if transferring to ESU, see advisor.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate familiarity with the methodological and theoretical practices in the criminal justice system.
  2. Demonstrate a familiarity with careers and professions in criminal justice system and the roles of various law enforcement professionals.
  3. Demonstrate a familiarity with techniques and procedures used for the detection and investigation of crime.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of criminal law and criminal procedures and the legal restraints on the actions of law enforcement professionals.
  5. Analyze the reasons behind crime, its nature, and its extent.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to research criminal justice issues.

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