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2022-2023 Arapahoe Community College Catalog 
2022-2023 Arapahoe Community College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice AAS - Academic Plan

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The Criminal Justice AAS Degree is designed for students seeking a career in Criminal Justice. Whether you want to become an emergency dispatcher, a victim / witness assistant, lawyer, probation / parole officer or a law enforcement officer, this program is a great place to start. The curriculum is strong, diverse and provides an excellent opportunity to see the criminal justice system as it actually functions, not how televisions portrays it. Students transferring to a 4-year College or university should select their elective courses only after consulting with the program Advisor to facilitate the transferability of coursework. For more information, please contact the Criminal Justice Department at 303.797.5980.

Course Availability

Total Credits = 60

Required Courses - General Education Courses Credits Pre or Co Reqs Required Course Available Fall? Course Available Spring? Course Available Summer?
COM 1150   - Public Speaking* OR
COM 1250   - Interpersonal Communication OR
COM 2250   - Organizational Communication
3 No Yes Yes Yes
ENG 1021   - English Composition I: GT-CO1* 3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
ENG 1022   - English Composition II: GT-CO2 3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
PSY 1001   - General Psychology I OR
PSY 1002   - General Psychology II*
3 No Yes Yes Yes
Elective (See Notes for specific requirements) 3 No Yes Yes Yes


Required Courses - Additional Required Courses Credits Pre or Co Reqs Required Course Available Fall? Course Available Spring? Course Available Summer?
CRJ 1010   - Introduction to Criminal Justice: SS3* 3 No Yes Yes Yes
CRJ 1025   - Policing Systems* 3 No Yes Yes Yes
CRJ 1035   - Judicial Function* 3 No Yes No No
CRJ 1045   - Correcitonal Process* 3 No No Yes Yes
CRJ 2005   - Principles of Criminal Law* 3 No Yes Yes No
CRJ 2009   - Criminal Investigation I* 3 No Yes Yes Yes
CRJ 2030   - Criminology* 3 No Yes Yes No
CRJ 2036   - CRJ Research Methods* 3 Yes Yes No No
CRJ 2057   - Victimology* 3 No No Yes No
Restrictive Electives 18 (total) No Yes Yes Yes


Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate leadership skills.
  • Apply critical thinking skills.
  • Display appropriate oral and written communication.
  • Discuss how the criminal justice system operates.
  • Explain individual rights, constitutional rights, and the due process procedures.

Recommended Course Sequence (Full-Time Track)

Communication Course (3 credits)

~Choose One Communication Course~

Recommended Course Sequence (Part-Time Track)

Communication Course (3 credits)

~Choose One Course~

Year 1: Summer

Psychology Course

~Choose One Course~

Year 2: Summer

Year 3: Spring


  • *This course requires college level readiness as measured by Accuplacer, ACT, or SAT scores; approved high school course work that is less than five years old; or successful completion of appropriate college-readiness course.
  • AAA 1001   – College 101: Student Experience is required for all new college students seeking degrees or transfer.
  • Course availability is subject to change.
  • Electives: Recommend COM 1250 , PSY 1002 , SOC 1001 , SOC 1002 , SPA 1011 , SPA 1012 , or any other Foreign Language course numbered 1011, 1012, 2011, or 2012.
  • In order to meet program requirements, students registered for ENG 1021   or ENG 1031   must also register for ENG 0094   unless they can demonstrate otherwise meeting the ENG 0094   standard through assessment testing, prior college coursework, or recent High School coursework. See an Advisor for details.
  • Recommended courses are listed above for certain electives; consult with the Academic Advising Office (advising@arapahoe.edu or 303.797.5664) or the Criminal Justice Department for additional elective recommendations.
  • Refer to 2022/2023 catalog for specific requirements and important information about this degree. Restricted electives: Select six (6) courses from the following prefixes of: ACC, CIS, CRJ, CSC, EMS, LEA, PAR, PSY, SOC, SPA or any other General Education Guaranteed Transfer GT course.
  • The Restricted Electives may be fulfilled by those students who completed the ACC or HRPSTI Law Enforcement Academy within the last three calendar years and are currently P.O.S.T. certified. Consult department for more info.

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