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Criminal Justice Transfer Major (AA)

The Criminal Justice Transfer Program is designed to prepare students for careers in several areas of the administration of justice. Program graduates find jobs with local police departments, sheriff’s offices, the state highway patrol, federal/state narcotics agencies, correctional institutions and state and local probation & parole agencies.
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Cindy Shireman - Professor, ext. 5232 or 1998
Email: cshireman@scciowa.edu
BA, University of Iowa
MA, University of Iowa
MS, Kaplan University
 

 

Criminal Justice Transfer Major (AA)

The Criminal Justice Transfer Program is designed to prepare students for careers in several areas of the administration of justice.

This program is also designed to allow graduates to transfer to four-year institutions to earn a Bachelor's degree.

Depending on the institution you transfer to, you may be required to take two math courses or two science courses, one with a lab. Depending on the institution you transfer to, you may be required to take POL-111 Government. This can take the place of PSY-111 Psychology.

Please note, two additional humanities courses are required in Spring Semester II

NOTE: Students who have a criminal background history may complete the program. However, these students will have serious difficulty obtaining an internship or employment.

Below is a sample curriculum which may be taken to fulfill the Associates of Science degree with the intent to transfer to a Forensic Chemistry program. SCC has established 2+2 agreements with four-year institutions for this transfer major. Depending upon where you plan to transfer, your SCC coursework may differ from the example below. Contact your enrollment specialist to learn which courses you should take.

For specific information regarding program rules and expectations, please view the program handbook. View The Program Handbook

 

* Denotes a course option. Select one class from the group of classes listed to satisfy this requirement.

 
 Fall Semester  Credit
  CRJ-100 INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE     3
  CRJ-120 INTRODUCTION TO CORRECTIONS     3
  ENG-105 COMPOSITION I     3
  SDV-108 THE COLLEGE EXPERIENCE     1
  SOC-110 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY     3
*MAT-110 MATH FOR LIBERAL ARTS     3
*MAT-156 STATISTICS     3
 
 Spring Semester   
  CRJ-130 CRIMINAL LAW     3
  ENG-106 COMPOSITION II     3
  SOC-240 CRIMINOLOGY     3
*POL-111 AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT     3
*PSY-111 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY     3
*BIO-105 INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY     4
*ENV-111 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE     4
*SCI-123 FORENSIC SCIENCE     4
 
 Fall Semester   
  CRJ-132 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW     3
  CRJ-141 CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION     3
  HIS-211 MODERN ASIAN HISTORY     3
  SOC-230 JUVENILE DELINQUENCY     3
*PHS-151 INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY     3
*PHS-165 INTRODUCTION TO METEOROLOGY     3
*PHS-185 INTRODUCTION TO EARTH SCIENCE     3
 
 Spring Semester   
  HUM-114 MULTICULTURAL PERSPECTIVES     3
  SPC-112 PUBLIC SPEAKING     3
*CRJ-111 POLICE AND SOCIETY     3
*CRJ-128 VICTIMOLOGY     3
*CRJ-932 INTERNSHIP     3

Criminal Justice Transfer Major (AA)

 

BIO-105 - INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY

Lecture: 3Lab: 2OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 4

Description: Introductory Biology is a lecture and lab course designed for non-science majors or as a refresher course of those wishing to take higher-level biology courses. Topics include chemistry of life, molecular and cellular biology, genetics, evolution, plant, animal, and fungi classification, and ecology.

 

CRJ-100 - INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: An introductory course in criminal justice designed to provide a philosophical and historical account of American criminal justice with emphasis on constitutional limitation.

 

CRJ-111 - POLICE AND SOCIETY

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: An examination of the role of the police and corrections in American society, and a discussion of prominent issues. The course will examine the various eras of policing and correctional agencies. The structure and style of various policing and correctional agencies will also be covered. Agency application of internal and ethical issues including use of force will be examined. Strategies and policies to improve policing and the correctional work environment will also be discussed.

 

CRJ-120 - INTRODUCTION TO CORRECTIONS

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: Trace the history of corrections and describe the various methods society has used to deal with people who violate its rules. The course will show the relationship of corrections and agencies to the overall criminal justice system.

 

CRJ-128 - VICTIMOLOGY

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0Credit: 3

Description: In this course, we will examine the field of victimology, including its scope and development, review the problems associated with victimization, examine the relationship between the victim and the offender, the victim and the criminal justice system, and the victim and society. We will also discuss various practical applications and policies that have resulted from society's increasing concern about victims.

 

CRJ-130 - CRIMINAL LAW

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: A study of the history, development and classification of substantive and procedural aspects of criminal law, defenses and criminal responsibility.

 

CRJ-132 - CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: An analysis of the relationships between state legislations and the Bill of Rights. Includes the effect of the due process clause of the 14th Amendment on the application of the Bill of Rights to these states and Supreme Court decisions regarding the various state challenges. Prerequisite: CRJ-100.

 

CRJ-141 - CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: Fundamental methods of investigation, crime scene search, recording, collection and preservation of evidence, interview and interrogation, and case follow-up.

 

CRJ-932 - INTERNSHIP

Lecture: 0Lab: 0OJT: 12Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: A practical work experience under professional supervision in a criminal justice agency. Prerequisite: Completion of Criminal Justice core or permission of instructor.

 

ENG-105 - COMPOSITION I

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: A study of the principles of writing. Emphasis on rhetoric, mechanics, and development of expository patterns: narration, description illustration, comparison/contrast, classification, process, and cause/effect. Required for AA and AS Degrees. Prerequisites: Mandatory COMPASS, ACT or AccuPlacer test score and madatory eWrite or WritePlacer score (per SCC Writing Scores & Mandatory Course Placement Chart), or a C- or above in ENG-061, College Preparatory Writing II. No waivers.

 

ENG-106 - COMPOSITION II

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: A continuation of study of the principles of writing begun in ENG-105. Emphasis is placed on persuasive writing, critical analysis, and the MLA research paper. Time will also be spent exploring print and electronic research sources and learning effective research strategies. Required for AA and AS Degrees. Prerequisite: C- or above in ENG-105.

 

ENV-111 - ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Lecture: 3Lab: 2OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 4

Description: An interdisciplinary approach to the problems of the environment. An examination and evaluation will be made of mans impact on the environment. Specific topics that may be covered include, but are not limited to: population issues, atmospheric issues, water issues, energy issues, resource issues, wildlife issues, and food issues. This course contains a lab component.

 

HIS-211 - MODERN ASIAN HISTORY

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: An introduction to the three dominant societies of modern Asia: China, Japan and India. Emphasis will be given to the transformation of cultural, economic, intellectual and social patterns brought about by the military power and economic demands of contemporary Western societies.

 

HUM-114 - MULTICULTURAL PERSPECTIVES

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: Selected readings from the critical perspectives of race, class and gender will provide the theoretical framework for class discussions. At the same time, films and works of literature from different cultural points of view will help students reach a new understanding of their own and other cultures and will open themselves up for a multicultural understanding of society.

 

MAT-110 - MATH FOR LIBERAL ARTS

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: Math for Liberal Arts is a survey course for students who have little background in mathematics. Topics include survey of sets, numbers, algebra, geometry, probability, and statistics. This course is not intended for Mathematics and Science majors. Prerequisites: MAT-062 with a grade of at least C- or equivalent or COMPASS Algebra score of 20 or higher or ACT Math score of 20-21 or math faculty approval.

 

MAT-156 - STATISTICS

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: This course is an applied course in statistics, designed to introduce students to some of the concepts, symbols, procedures, and vocabulary used in the field of statistics. Topics covered in this course include: organizing and graphing data, descriptive statistics, probability, various distributions, the sampling distribution of the mean, estimating a population mean, confidence intervals, inferential statistics (hypothesis testing), comparing two population parameters, analysis of variance, correlation, simple linear and multiple regression, contingency tables, and nonparametric statistics, (time permitting). Prerequisites: MAT-092 with a grade of at least C- or COMPASS Algebra score of 55 (or higher) or ACT score of 22 or above or math faculty approval.

 

PHS-151 - INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY

Lecture: 2Lab: 2OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: A survey of astronomy including historical considerations, the solar system, the universe and several topics. Topics may include the laws, the methods, and current research. Each planet will be studied as well as major stars and galaxies. Special topics include: cosmology, cosmogony, nova, pulsars, quasars, relativity, space travel, black holes, and other space mysteries. Lab to include: experiments, observations, slides and movies.

 

PHS-165 - INTRODUCTION TO METEOROLOGY

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: Introduction to atmospheric sciences and meteorology. Includes physical elements and process of weather, climatic types and regions, forecasting and associated activity.

 

PHS-185 - INTRODUCTION TO EARTH SCIENCE

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: An introduction to geologic processes that have generated and continue to alter the surface of the earth. Covers: major types of rocks and the rock cycle; rock deformation, weathering, transport and deposition by fluid agents; plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, orogeny; absolute and relative time and the geologic column. Includes segment on the history of geology.

 

POL-111 - AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: A survey of the American federal system of government which includes a description and analysis of interest groups, political parties, public opinion, the presidency, the Congress, the court system and foreign policy making.

 

PSY-111 - INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: A basic course in the understanding of behavior, designed to give the student a scientific background in the fundamental problems and techniques covered in the field of psychology.

 

SCI-123 - FORENSIC SCIENCE

Lecture: 3Lab: 2OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 4

Description: Explores forensic science and its impact on science, society and the criminal justice system. Focuses on basic concepts in selected areas of chemistry, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, and anatomy and physiology. This course is designed to educate liberal arts students about basic sciences, and the realities and limitations of scientific methods when applied specifically to criminal investigation.

 

SDV-108 - THE COLLEGE EXPERIENCE

Lecture: 0Lab: 2OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 1

Description: This course is designed to empower new students to successfully transition to college. Students will learn academic success skills, strategies for personal development and exploration, college culture and expectations, and how to access college resources and services.

 

SOC-110 - INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: An analysis of social organization (or the social order). This course deals with the nature of sociology as a science, the original nature of man, the socialization of the individual, the development of groups and group behavior, the nature of culture and culture patterns, the organization of institutions, the nature of social order, the organization of human stratification and examination of major social processes. Special emphasis is placed upon the American cultural patterns.

 

SOC-230 - JUVENILE DELINQUENCY

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: A study of juvenile delinquency as an individual and social problem. This course includes theories of delinquency causations, law enforcement procedures, methods of corrections and prevention of juvenile delinquency.

 

SOC-240 - CRIMINOLOGY

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: A general survey of the history, nature and causes of crime, criminal investigation and prosecution, punishment, correctional treatment and crime prevention. Prerequisite: CRJ-100.

 

SPC-112 - PUBLIC SPEAKING

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: This course examines both the theoretical and practical basis of speech communication, particularly public speaking. Emphasis is on speech preparation, organization, support, delivery, and audience analysis.

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