Criminal Justice Administration

Curriculum CJA.CJA.AAS (C243A)

The American system of Criminal Justice is comprised of three major components: law enforcement, courts and correctional systems at community, county, state and federal levels.

Criminal Justice Administration is a comprehensive field with career opportunities in several areas: law enforcement; probation, parole and corrections; social-justice services; and security and loss prevention. Prepares students for careers in public and private agencies in the social and criminal justice system. The two-year program includes the study of contemporary and advanced problems in modern law enforcement, as well as criminal justice systems, administration, criminal laws and procedures, police and community relations, and criminalistics.

Students who wish to become probation, parole or corrections officers will receive the necessary foundation through this program. The study of law, social and justice agencies, and criminal offenders is included, with emphasis on corrections.

Study of careers in the social-justice services includes such agencies as the Department of Children and Family Services, Public Aid, Corrections, and psychiatric and medical agencies.

Private Security is an emerging career field in need of personnel with qualified credentials. The Criminal Justice program provides courses to prepare students for entry-level security, armed and unarmed. Areas of employment include corporate, industrial and homeland security, hospital, airline, bank, railroad, as well as college and university security.

Students planning additional study at a four-year college or university should enroll in the Associate in Science (CJA.CJA.AS (U230A43)) or the Associate in Arts degree programs (CJA.CJA.AA, (U224A43), which requires a concentration of general education courses combined with selected core criminal justice courses and electives.

Last Update Effective: 1/19/15

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Semester One

Credit Hours


CJA 111

Introduction to Criminal Justice



CJA 121

Introduction to Corrections



CJA 161

Administration of Justice



HTH 104

Science of Personal Health or



HTH 281

First Aid & CPR



RHT 101

Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I1






Semester Two


BUS 125

Formatting/Proofreading Business Documents or



CJA 175

Report Writing for Criminal Justice



CJA 148

Police/Community Relations



CJA 171

Patrol Administration



CJA 181

Juvenile Delinquency & Law



RHT 102

Freshman Rhetoric & Composition II or



SPE 101

Principles of Effective Speaking1






Semester Three


CJA 201




CJA 219

Criminal Law I



CJA 257

Law Enforcement Administration



HIS 151

History of the U.S. to 1877 or



HIS 152◊

History of the U.S. Since 1877 or



PSC 150

American National Politics or



SSC 190

Contemporary Society




General education/Mathematics and/or Science




Program electives






Semester Four


CJA 236

Criminal Law II



CJA 241

Traffic Enforcement & Administration



CJA 246

Laws of Evidence



CJA 298

Law Enforcement Administration II




General education/Humanities












Total credits required for graduation


See CJA course descriptions.

See Humanities and Mathematics and/or Science General Education requirements.

Program electives (3): CJA 106◊, CJA 107◊, CJA 115◊, CJA 116◊, CJA 117◊, CJA 118◊, CJA 125◊, CJA 127◊, CJA 131◊, CJA 140CJA 166◊, CJA 205, CJA 296

Suggested electives (3): CIS 100◊, CIS 101◊; CWE 290◊, CWE 291◊; PED 106◊, PED 120◊; PSY 100◊; SOC 100◊, SOC 131◊, SOC 225◊; PHL 101◊, PHL 103

Note: Upon petition, students successfully completing professional-training courses sponsored or sanctioned by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board, or an equivalent accrediting agency, may receive up to 24 hours of credit. All documentation, including official transcripts, course descriptions, and course outlines, will be reviewed by the program coordinator to determine the number of hours of credit to be granted toward the Associate in Applied Science degree or certificate.

1Students must complete either RHT 101◊ and SPE 101◊, or RHT 101◊ with RHT 102◊. Students interested in transferring are encouraged to complete all three courses: RHT 101◊, RHT 102◊ and SPE 101◊ to meet university requirements.

Coordinator: John Augustine, Ext. 3323