CRIMINOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE STUDIES
The Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies Program is an undergraduate college program at Hillsborough Community College in which students can earn an Associate in Science Degree, an Associate in Applied Science Degree, a College Credit Certificate, as well as an Associate in Arts Degree in various Criminal Justice fields. The Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies Program is located at Hillsborough Community College‘s Ybor City Campus. Most Criminal Justice courses are offered at Ybor City Campus only; however, certain introductory core courses are offered regularly at the Dale Mabry Campus as well.
The Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies Program is comprised of full time professors and adjunct instructors assigned to Ybor City Campus.
The Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies Program offers students different Tracks of emphasis based on the student’s educational and professional goals – law enforcement, corrections, pre-law, crime scene, homeland security, private security, and social services; however, students are not required to select a track. Tracks are offered only to help guide students in selecting their courses.
Some Criminal Justice courses are required and all majors must take them while other Criminal Justice courses are electives. Generally, required courses are offered every semester whereas some elective courses are offered every semester while some are offered only once a year, usually either during the fall or the spring semester.
Criminal Justice classes are offered during the day, afternoon, and evening as well as on weekends and many are offered on-line. The schedules outlined in this section are subject to change based on instructor and room availability as well as on student needs and interest.
Students entering college for the first time must take the Florida College Entry Level Placement Test (CPT) unless they have ACT or SAT scores from the last two years. The CPT is used for placement reference General Education courses. New students may begin taking Criminal Justice classes before taking the CPT exam.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE DEGREES
A.S. Criminal Justice Technology
This is the primary degree for Criminal Justice majors. The A.S. degree will transfer into similar upper division programs in Florida universities and colleges allowing graduates to enter these universities and colleges as a junior and seek a Bachelors Degree. The Criminal Justice Technology program recommends this Degree for criminal justice majors.
A.A.S. Criminal Justice Technology
This degree is for graduates of a Florida police or corrections academy who receive college credits for their academy training toward this degree. The A.A.S. degree will not transfer into upper division programs in Florida universities and colleges and is generally a terminal degree, but students wishing to transfer may be able to take additional courses afterwards to achieve an A.S. degree which will transfer.
College Credit Certificate in Crime Scene
Hillsborough Community College offers a College Credit Certificate Program in Crime Scene Technology designed to prepare graduates for work as crime scene technicians and technologists.
Students can seek a Crime Scene College Credit Certificate at the same time and along with an Associates Degree or they can seek the Crime Scene College Certificate alone (including students who already have a College Degree). Please note that students can also take most Crime Scene classes as electives toward an Associates Degree without seeking the Crime Scene Certificate.
CHOOSING A DEGREE OR CERTIFICATE
Students interested in Criminal Justice should seek the A.S. Degree in Criminal Justice Technology.
Students interested in Crime Scene who have no college degree should seek both the A.S. Degree in Criminal Justice Technology and the Crime Scene College Credit Certificate at the same time.
Students interested in Crime Scene who already have a college degree or who are not seeking one should seek the Crime Scene College Credit Certificate alone.
Graduates of a Florida Police or Corrections Academy interested in a college degree should seek the A.A.S. Degree in Criminal Justice Technology first, and after receiving it, continue and seek an A.S. Degree in Criminal Justice Technology.
Public Services Technology Building
Home to the Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies
Please Note: This Program and this Web Site are not for those seeking entry into a Police or Corrections Academy. The Criminal Justice Institute of Hillsborough Community College is our Police and Corrections Academy and is a separate department from the Criminal Justice Technology Undergraduate Program. You may look under our RELATED PROGRAMS to connect to the Criminal Justice Institute.
PLEASE NOTE: As the Associates in Science Degree (A.S.) in Criminal Justice Technology is now transferable into upper division programs in Florida Universities allowing graduates to seek a Bachelor’s Degree, an A.A. Degree is no longer required to go forward onto the university; however, Criminal Justice Majors may seek an the A.A. Degree in Justice Administration or in Liberal Arts.
PLEASE NOTE: This guide does not constitute a contract or commitment on the part of the College, Criminal Justice Technology Program, faculty members or staff. Changes to schedules and courses as well as other program revisions may occur. Additionally, the hours and course work described herein are the minimums required as of this date. Additional preparatory courses may be necessary in reading, writing, or mathematics, depending on your placement test scores.
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Dr. Michael T. Reichard
Professor and Program Manager
Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies Program
HCC Ybor City Campus
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