Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies AS

AS.CJT (60 Credit Hours) | Part of the Law, Public Safety & Security Subject

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The criminology and criminal justice studies AS degree prepares you to work in corrections, juvenile justice, investigations, private security, homeland security or crime scene investigations. Graduates may transfer to a university to seek Bachelor’s degrees. Graduates of a law enforcement academy may receive college credit hours toward this degree. A variety of tracks are available depending on your career goals.

Career specializations may include fingerprint training, private security and investigations, victim advocacy, and crime analysis. 

This curriculum is from the current college catalog and is meant to provide prospective students an example of courses taken in this degree/certificate.  It is not intended to be used for graduation requirements. Students should consult an advisor for graduation information.

AS.CJT (60 Credit Hours)

The Criminal Justice associate in science degree program (AS to BS) offers students a broad background in the history, philosophy, organization, management and operation of the criminal justice system. Upon completion, this AS degree opens up entry-level, non-sworn positions in local, state, and federal agencies, i.e. juvenile justice, private security, law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, detention centers and community-based intervention programs. It can also be the first step toward a career in law.

The AS degree will transfer into similar upper division programs in certain Florida universities and colleges, but students wishing to transfer must accept the responsibility for securing approval in advance from the transfer institution.

For students interested in a two-year degree in criminal justice, this program will prepare them to work in law enforcement agencies such as police departments, sheriff’s offices, correctional institutions, criminal and juvenile courts, crime laboratories or crime scene units dealing with physical evidence and will also help them develop the educational skills needed to advance into and within various law enforcement related fields such as police work and corrections and law.

For more information, students can refer to the Criminal Justice Technology page.


YEAR I – First Semester

†ENC 1101 English Composition I 3 cr.
†CCJ 1010 Introduction to Criminology or †CCJ 1010H, Honors Introduction to Criminology 3 cr.
†CCJ 1020 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 cr.
†CGS 2100 Computer Information Technology and Literacy 3 cr.

YEAR I – Second Semester

†CJE 1000 Introduction to Law Enforcement 3 cr.
†CJE 2004 Career Choices in Criminal Justice 3 cr.
†POS 2041 American Government 3 cr.
Natural Science General Education CORE (AST 1002C, EVR 1001C, or CHM 1020C recommended) 3 cr.

YEAR I – Third Semester

Behavioral Science General Education CORE 3 cr.
*Criminal Justice Electives 3 cr.

YEAR II – First Semester

†CJJ 1002 Juvenile Delinquency 3 cr.
†CJL 1100 Criminal Law or CJL 1100H, Honors Criminal Law 3 cr.
Humanities General Education CORE 3 cr.
*Criminal Justice Electives 3 cr.

Select 3 credit hours from the following:

†CJL 1062 Constitutional Law 3 cr.
†CCJ 1488 Ethics in Criminal Justice or CCJ 1488H, Honors Ethics in Criminal Justice 3 cr.
†CCJ 2013 Introduction to Victimology 3 cr.

YEAR II – Second Semester

†CJE 2600 Criminal Investigation 3 cr.
†CJL 2130 Criminal Evidence and Procedure 3 cr.
Mathematics General Education CORE (STA 2023 or MGF 1107 recommended) 3 cr.
*Criminal Justice Elective 3 cr.

YEAR II – Third Semester

*Criminal Justice Elective 3 cr.

*Select 12 credit hours from the following criminal justice courses:

†CCJ 2111 Introduction to Theories of Criminal Behavior 3 cr.
†CCJ 2191 Crisis Intervention in Criminal Justice 3 cr.
†CCJ 2358 Criminal Justice Communication and Reports 3 cr.
†CCJ 2509 Introduction to Gangs 3 cr.
†CCJ 2600 Criminal Deviant Behavior in Society 3 cr.
†CCJ 2610 Introduction to Criminal Typologies 3 cr.
†CCJ 2618 Forensic Psychology 3 cr.
†CCJ 2648 Organized Crime 3 cr.
†CCJ 2671 Race, Gender, and Ethnicity in Criminal Justice 3 cr.
†CCJ 2685 Domestic and Sexual Violence 3 cr.
†CCJ 2720 Introduction to Criminal Justice Research Methods 3 cr.
†CCJ 2910 Guided Independent Research 3 cr.
CCJ 2935-9 Seminar on Criminal Justice Issues 3 cr.
CCJ 2940 Criminal Justice Internship 3 cr.
†CJC 2162 Probation and Parole 3 cr.
†CJE 1640 Introduction to Criminalistics 3 cr.
CJE 1642C Introduction to Crime Scene Technology 3 cr.
CJE 1643C Advanced Crime Scene Technology 3 cr.
†CJE 1653 Introduction to Crime Analysis and Intelligence 3 cr.
†CJE 1680 Introduction to Computer Crimes 3 cr.
†CJE 2233 Drug Abuse and Crime 3 cr.
†CJE 2300 Police Administration and Organization 3 cr.
†CJE 2614 Serial Killers 3 cr.
†CJE 2664 Advanced Crime and Intelligence Analysis 3 cr.
†CJE 2704 Introduction to Child Protective Investigations 3 cr.
†CJL 1000 Introduction to Law and Legal Issues 3 cr.
†CJL 1500 Introduction to the Court System 3 cr.
†CJL 2072 Civil Rights and Liability in Criminal Justice 3 cr.
†CJL 2610 Courtroom Presentation of Scientific Evidence 3 cr.
†DSC 1002 Introduction to Terrorism 3 cr.
†DSC 1003 Introduction to Homeland Security 3 cr.
†DSC 2033 Introduction to Terrorist Tactics and Weapons 3 cr.
†DSC 2570 Introduction to Cyber-Terrorism 3 cr.
†DSC 2590 Intelligence Analysis and Security Management 3 cr.
SCC 1000 Introduction to Security 3 cr.
SCC 1001 Introduction to Private Investigation 3 cr.

†Courses symbolized by a dagger (†) are offered online in addition to the traditional delivery method Online availability may vary by academic term

*May be taken if not previously chosen from the “Select 3 credit hours from the following” category

NOTE 2: Regardless of degree work completed, in order to be a sworn law enforcement, corrections, or probation officer in the State of Florida, candidates must successfully complete a state mandated training academy such as those offered by Hillsborough Community College’s Criminal Justice Institute.

NOTE 3: Students who have successfully completed a Florida police or correction academy will be eligible for the articulated credit shown below toward the AS degree:
CJC 2940 Criminal Justice Practicum-Basic Corrections Academy 9 cr.
CJE 2940 Criminal Justice Practicum-Basic Police Academy 12 cr.

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