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Program Overview

Criminal Justice, Associate in Science (A.S.)

The mission of the Associate in Science in Criminal Justice Technology degree program is to prepare students for employment in the criminal justice profession, including careers in law enforcement, corrections, private security, juvenile justice, and probation and parole.

By completing this program, you will be required to complete some of the required courses for the Homeland Security Specialist, C.C.C. and the Criminal Justice Technology Specialist, C.C.C. as part of your A.S. in Criminal Justice Degree. These courses count towards both and would not have to be repeated, bringing you steps closer to one
of FGC’s certificates.

Locations

Courses are offered online (predominately) and, occasionally, at FGC’s main campus.

Testing Entrance Requirements

TABE and PERT Placement exam in Math, Reading, and Writing

Hours

The entire degree can be completed online, using the Canvas learning management system.

Costs

  • A.S. Degree Tuition (20 courses at $309.96 each): $6,199.20
    **Does not include distance learning fees for online courses. Textbook costs vary. Students may rent or purchase (used or new) eBooks, printed textbooks from the FGC bookstore or online.
  • CJ Technology Specialist C.C.C. Tuition (8 courses): $2,479.68
  • Homeland Security Specialist C.C.C. Tuition (3 courses): $929.88

60

Credit Hours

4

semesters

80+

enrolled ’19-’20

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Careers at a Glance

Starting Salaries

  • Communications Officer – $25,975 annually
  • Police Officer – $33,496 annually
  • Deputy Sheriff – $33,000 annually
  • Detention Officer – $33,000 annually
  • Corrections Officer – $33,500 annually

Employment Opportunities

Students who complete this program will be prepared for careers as a Communications Officer, Police Officer, Deputy Sheriff, Detention Officer, and Corrections Officer.

Employers of FGC Graduates

  • Florida Department of Corrections
  • Columbia County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lake City Police Department
  • Office of Agricultural Enforcement

Program Details

Admission Requirements

Steps to Enroll:

  1. Complete the admissions process.
  2. Take the PERT placement exam.
  3. Students must meet with an advisor to register for classes. Since there is no program coordinator, students who have not graduated from the law enforcement or corrections academies (and do not plan to attend either academy) should contact someone in general advising 386.754.4222.
  4. Students who have already graduated from an academy (or who plan to attend an academy) should contact our CJ instructor, Christal Clark, by phone at 386.754.4243 or by email at christal.clark@fgc.edu.

Admission Requirements:

If you are entering the program from within the college, you can view the requirements stemming from your previous studies below:

Program Notes

The credits earned in the completion of this program can be applied to the Homeland Security Specialist, C.C.C. and the Criminal Justice Technology Specialist, C.C.C.

Program Guide & Syllabi

A.S. in Criminal Justice Technology course requirements

General Education Courses (3 cr hrs each / 21 hrs)

  • SLS 2370 Personal Academic and Career Engagement
  • ENC 1101 Freshman Comp I
  • HUMANITIES (Any HUM, REL, or MUL course)
  • MAC 1105 College Algebra
  • PHI 2600 Ethics
  • SPC 2608 Public Speaking
  • PSY 2012 General Psychology I or SYG 1000 Introduction to Sociology
  • CJ Core Courses (3 cr hrs each / 24 hrs)
  • CCJ 1020 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CCJ 2010 Introduction to Criminology
  • CJC 1000 Introduction to Corrections
  • CJE 2600 Fundamentals of Criminal Investigations
  • CJJ 2002 Introduction to Juvenile Justice System
  • CJL 2062 Constitutional Law
  • CJL 2001 Criminal Law & Process
  • CJL 2101 Criminal Law

CJ Elective Courses (3 cr hrs each / 15 hrs)

  • CCJ 1000 Role of Criminal Justice in Crime and Delinquency
  • CCJ 2030 Diversity, Crime, and Society
  • CCJ 2452 Criminal Justice Administration
  • CJC 2162 Probation, Pardons, and Parole
  • CJC 2400 Understanding Criminal Behavior
  • CJE 2640 *Crime Scene Investigations & Crime Lab Techniques
  • CJL 2080 Comparative Legal Systems
  • CJL 2131 Criminal Evidence and Procedure

*Available only to Law Enforcement Academy graduates.

CCC – Criminal Justice Technology Specialist course requirements

General Education Courses (3 cr hrs each / 6 hrs)

  • SLS 1501 The College Experience
  • SPC 2608 Public Speaking

CJ Core Courses (3 cr hrs each / 9 hrs)

  • CCJ 1020 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJJ 2002 Introduction to Juvenile Justice System
  • CJC 1000 Introduction to Corrections

CJ Elective Courses (3 cr hrs each / 9 hrs)

  • CCJ 2030 Diversity, Crime and Society
  • CCJ 2452 Criminal Justice Administration
  • CJL 2131 Criminal Evidence and Procedure

CCC – Homeland Security Specialist course requirements

CJ Core Courses (3 cr hrs each / 6 hrs)

  • CCJ 1020 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJL 2001 Criminal Law and Process

CJ Elective Course (3 cr hrs / 3 hrs)

  • CCJ 2030 Diversity, Crime and Society
Learning Outcomes
  • Students will recognize the various theories used to explain crime causation and discuss efforts to prevent, reduce, and eliminate it.
  • Students will compare the similarities and differences of the United States legal system to other countries’ systems.
  • Students will identify the role of corrections in the local, state, and federal government.
  • Students will theorize how the diverse components of the criminal investigative process can impact a criminal complaint, from the initial report to prosecution.
  • Students will discuss the evolution of policing, corrections, the courts, the juvenile justice system, and community corrections.