2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jan 20, 2021  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice/Public Safety (HB04)

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(This program is being discontinued and is no longer accepting new students for this umbrella degree.)

The Criminal Justice/Public Safety Program provides training for career opportunities in law enforcement and policing, and also offers a broad liberal arts education for those students who wish to transfer their earned college credits from the program to four-year academic institutions. Five options are offered in the Program: Corrections, Law Enforcement, Security, Computer Crime Deterrence, and Forensics. Each of these options is in a growing field with increasing opportunities for employment. Although all five options are included in the same program, they offer the student a diverse choice of career fields. These options are explained on the following pages.

Cooperative Work Experience

One of the special characteristics of the program is the Cooperative Work Experience, whereby the student, under professional supervision, actually engages in practical hands-on training in the Criminal Justice/Public Safety area of his or her choice. The Cooperative Work Experience is an integral and required part of the Criminal Justice/Public Safety curriculum. All students are required to take one semester of Co-op. The Co-op usually takes place during the second semester of the second year, after the student has satisfied all of the prerequisites. The Co-op experience allows students who have successfully met eligibility criteria to integrate and apply classroom theory to the field-based setting. Students participate under the supervision of qualified professionals in Criminal Justice/Public Safety organizations. The Coordinator of the Criminal Justice/Public Safety Program or the Division Director should approve all Co-op placements. Students in the Criminal Justice/Public Safety Program should consult with the coordinator of the program before registering for courses, especially for the choice of electives and the cooperative work experience.

General Education Core course listings and definitions appear on General Education Core . Placement testing will determine the sequencing of courses. Additional courses may be required.


Competency Requirement

Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communication Credits: 3

Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/ Ethical Credits: 3

Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication Credits: 3

Historical Knowledge and Understanding Credits: 3

Oral Communication Credits: 3

Choose one:


Quantitative Reasoning Credits: 1-3

Scientific Knowledge Credits: 4

At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

Scientific Reasoning Credits: 3

At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

Social Phenomena Credits: 3

Written Communication Credits: 3

Program Outcomes


Total Credits: 61

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

1 Students planning to transfer to a 4-year school should plan to complete MAT* H167 - Principles of Statistics  or MAT* H172 - College Algebra .

2 Placement is required. Students need to contact the program coordinator or the Liberal Arts and Behavioral/Social Sciences Division early in the semester prior to taking the course.

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