Associate of Science in Criminal Justice

Curriculum

Post University's Associate of Science in Criminal Justice program prepares students for careers in law enforcement, security management, and public and private investigating. To ensure our graduates have all the skills they'll need to be successful, this program combines the study of criminal justice with course work in business administration and the behavioral sciences.

Our program can give Post students a real edge over their competition. Not only do they get a chance to put their classroom learning to the test, but they also get opportunities to meet prospective employers, network with people in their field, test-drive their intended career, and build their resumes with concrete examples of how they've made the connection between theory and practice.  


A.S. in Criminal Justice Curriculum

 

General Education 24 crs
Common Core 12 crs
ENG110 College Writing

ENG110

College Writing - 3 Credits

This course is designed to develop and refine the analytical/critical reading skills and the substantive writing skills of freshmen.  This intensive writing class will focus on writing essays of varying length and expose students to the various rhetorical modes of writing that will contribute to their success in university courses and their chosen careers.

3 crs
ENG120 College Writing II

ENG120

College Writing II - 3 Credits

College Writing II looks to expand upon the writing skills attained in ENG110. As a student-centered course, students explore their own writing in peer, group, and self-review skill sessions. Students enhance self-editing skills and increase awareness of the revision skills needed in both college coursework and in careers. The course will further develop students' understanding of the writing process from pre-writing to final draft. This course encourages students to have their writing evaluated across the curriculum. The course culminates in a research essay and portfolio of original work.

Pre-requisite: ENG110.


    Prerequisite: ENG110
3 crs
COM107 Introduction to Communications

COM107

Introduction to Communication - 3 credits

This course presents the basics of human communication and provides an overview of the skills that are needed in the 21st century to become a competent communicator.   Students will recognize the important processes of communication such as speaking, listening, media literacy, computer- mediated communication, culture sensitivity, workplace communication, group dynamics, and critical thinking. Ultimately students will develop and illustrate their public speaking skills by presenting three speeches while also incorporating multimedia tools.

3 crs
CIS112 Introduction to Computing

CIS112

Introduction to Computing - 3 Credits

This course strives to meet the high level of computer literacy required of all students earning a degree from the university. Special emphasis is placed on the ethical use of computer technology for information analysis and communications. Computer units introduce the Internet, Windows, word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software. Students who feel they have attained computer literacy and earn 70 percent on an exemption exam may substitute any other 3-credit course for this core requirement. 

Students may prove competency by passing a waiver examination.  No credit is granted if the requirement is waived.


    Students may prove competency by passing a waiver examination. No credit is granted if the requirement is waived.
3 crs
 
Liberal Arts 6 crs
Humanities Elective 3 crs
Social Science Elective 3 crs
 
Math 3 crs
MAT105 Quantitative Methods

MAT105

Quantitative Methods - 3 Credits

This course surveys topics in elementary algebra, personal finance, probability, and statistics. Topics include solving algebraic equations, solving ratio and proportion problems, applications involving percentage and interest, applying the definition of probability, measures of central tendency, descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, graphical representation of data, and applications of the normal distribution. Topics focus on real-life situations, decision making skills, and problem solving. Some working knowledge of elementary algebra is expected. Course requires subscription to a supplementary online program. Scientific or graphing calculator strongly recommended.

or MAT120 College Algebra

MAT120

College Algebra - 3 Credits

This course provides a deeper understanding of the concepts of algebra including function applications, inequalities in two variables, matrix operations, linear programming, quadratic and polynomial applications, and solving rational and radical equations. Course requires subscription to a supplementary online program.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of two years of High School Algebra or the equivalent.

3 crs
 
Science 3 crs
100/200 Level Science Elective 3 crs
 
Leadership Course 3 crs
LCS105 Elements of Organizations

LCS105

Elements of Organization - 3 Credits

Students need a basic understanding of how organizations work in order to manage their personal and professional lives. This course provides an interdisciplinary perspective on the foundations underlying all organizations (businesses, non-profit and governmental organizations) specifically as they relate to the nature of: management and leadership, economics both domestically and internationally, ethics, social responsibility, entrepreneurship, human resource management, marketing/advertising, e-commerce, information technology, accounting, investments, money and personal finances.

3 crs
 
Major Core 30 crs
CRJ101 Introduction to Criminal Justice

CRJ101

Introduction to Criminal Justice - 3 Credits

The student will be introduced to the American Criminal Justice System from the perspective of the criminal justice professional. The course examines the historical development and role of the police, prosecution, corrections, probation, parole, and rehabilitation.

3 crs
CRJ102 Introduction to Law Enforcement

CRJ102

Introduction to Law Enforcement - 3 Credits

This course studies the role of police in society with attention to the history of law enforcement, the organization of police forces, centralized police power, community policing, and the recruitment and training of police officers.

or
CRJ103 Introduction to Corrections

CRJ103

Introduction to Corrections - 3 Credits

This course studies the history of corrections, including imprisonment and other forms of punishment, both institutional and non-institutional. The philosophy and rationale for various sentencing alternatives are considered.


3 crs
CRJ202 Introduction to Security

CRJ202

Introduction to Security - 3 credits

This course is an introductory survey of the security field, including private, corporate, industrial, and retail applications. Comparisons are made between private and public policing.


3 crs
CRJ209 Criminal Law

CRJ209

Criminal Law - 3 Credits

The course examines substantive and procedural criminal law including the common law and statutory offenses. Law of evidence, burden of proof, the jury system, and pre-trial dispositions are also studied.

Prerequisite: CRJ101 or LAW101.


    Prerequisite: CJ101 or LAW101
3 crs
200/300/400 Level Elective 3 crs
200/300/400 Level Elective 3 crs
200/300/400 Level Elective 3 crs
200/300/400 Level Elective 3 crs
200/300/400 Level Elective 3 crs
200/300/400 Level Elective 3 crs
 
Career and Self-Awareness 3 crs
CSA101 College Success Seminar

CSA101

Exploring Self: Inside Out - 3 credits

This course will focus on self-discovery and interaction with others to provide learners with the foundation for examining and further developing their own personal effectiveness. An environment of trust will be built within the class to enable individual and collective openness, discovery, and engagement in personal learning. The course will use experiential learning, personal reflection, and group interaction as primary approaches. This is a hybrid course, with classroom interaction time blended with online learning and interaction through the Blackboard learning management system.

3 crs
 
Grand Total 60 crs


* Please note: 18 credits of the courses in the major in any AS degree must be at the 200 Level or higher and courses above 200 Level can only be electives

The university reserves the right to change or update the curriculum at any time. The university will notify students of any changes officially through the university website.