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A.S. Degree, Criminal Justice Technology

Degree Type: A.S.
Major Code: CRIM-AS
CIP: 1743010300

This program prepares students for entrance into the criminal justice field and provides a career pathway for those currently employed in the industry. The curriculum focuses on the history, philosophy, organizations and processes of law enforcement/corrections agencies and also emphasizes training necessary to maintain required professional standards. Graduates possess the skills to begin their careers and/or advance in the field.

Students who earn the Homeland Security or Gang Investigations certificate will have successfully completed the required eight courses (24 credits) to gain area-specific training and enhance their level of community service.

Articulation Agreement: Credit from the Law Enforcement/Corrections Academy can be transferred to the A.S. degree program, which is recognized by the University of Central Florida.

Students may complete the following college credit certificates as part of the Criminal Justice Technology degree:

  • Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Leadership Certificate
  • Criminal Justice Technology Specialist Certificate
  • Gang Investigations Certificate
  • Homeland Security Certificate
  • Homeland Security Specialist Certificate
Major Courses
AvailableCCJ1010Introduction to Criminology
This course consists of a survey of delinquent and criminal behavior patterns, including causation. Specific problems and selected case studies are examined.
3
AvailableCCJ1020Introduction to Criminal Justice
This course consists of the history, examination and evaluation of the courts, the police and the correctional organizations of the criminal justice system in the United States today. Contemporary problems and possible solutions are also considered.
3
AvailableCCJ2650Drugs, Alcohol and Crime
This course examines substance abuse in the United States with emphasis on social, historical and criminal implications.
3
AvailableCCJ2939Criminal Justice Capstone
This capstone course is the conclusion of the student's criminal justice academic experience and is the final course completed by students in the Criminal Justice Associate in Science (A.S.) degree program. The major focus of this course is to integrate the material acquired in the previous courses and apply knowledge to solve problems or issues relating to the criminal justice system or criminal justice agencies.
3
AvailableCJC2000Introduction to Corrections
This course is a study of corrections for students of criminal justice to enable them to understand the development and conduct of its complexity and scope historically, traditionally, operationally and legally.
3
AvailableCJE1000Introduction to Law Enforcement
This course is designed to develop an understanding of the law enforcement profession. It examines the various approaches of modern law enforcement as well as a historical overview of law enforcement. It provides a description of policing and examines law enforcement as a balance of social, historical, political, legal, individual and organizational forces.
3
AvailableCJE2600Criminal Investigation
The fundamental principles, concepts and theory of investigation, interviews, interrogations, surveillance and sources of information, case preparations, problems in criminal investigation and investigative techniques of specific crimes are explored in this course.
3
AvailableCJL1130Criminal Procedure
This course provides an understanding about balancing the power of government and the freedoms and privacy of citizens to allow the government enough power to serve and protect its citizens without unnecessarily invading individual rights.
3
AvailableCJL2100Criminal Law
This course identifies and defines principles and doctrines of law with emphasis on Florida criminal and civil statutes that provide sanctions for inappropriate behavior within our society.
3
Electives22
Choose 22 credits from the following list:
Not availableCCJ1629Introduction to Homicide
This course is designed to provide a broad and rigorous academic investigation of homicide. The student will go beyond what they have learned about murder through popular media presentations. Students will be exposed to a scientific study of different types of homicide, theories of homicide and homicide law as well as details about how homicide cases are worked on by detectives and how murder cases are dealt with in the courts.
3
AvailableCCJ2053Ethical Dilemmas and Decisions in Criminal Justice
This course provides the basic philosophical principles necessary to analyze ethical dilemmas within the criminal justice world. This course also offers an approach that deals with real life examples of misconduct, the effects of misconduct, research on criminal justice ethics and the various policy issues in criminal justice. This course will also identify themes that run though the entire criminal justice system, for example, issues such as discretion and due process concerning practitioners in law enforcement, the courts and corrections. This course will also look at how the definition of justice is defined by criminal justice professionals who deal with these dilemmas on a daily basis.
3
Not availableCCJ2600Deviant Criminal Behavior
This course examines various types and topologies of deviant criminal acts and the underlying causes of behavior of the perpetrators who commit them. Specific offenders and their behaviors will be studied.
3
Not availableCCJ2618Evil Minds - Violent Predators
This course will provide a basic understanding of those individuals who engage in predator violence: serial killers, mass murderers, serial rapists and stalkers. This course will discuss the ways law enforcement is dealing with these types of persons to detect, arrest and prosecute them. The course will also discuss ways in which male and female predators are similar and different. The course will also discuss which victims are selected and why a particular person becomes a victim.
3
AvailableCCJ2647Organized Crime
This course is an examination of organized crime, including structures, persons involved and their role, history and activities and the issues surrounding efforts to define and control it.
3
Not availableCCJ2949Cooperative Education Internship in Criminal Justice
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to practical, work-related applications. Seminars may be a component of this course and regular contact with the assigned faculty advisor is required. Students may earn cooperative education credits based on the completion of the required work experience and satisfactory completion of assignments including, but not limited to, seminars and a project. This course may be repeated based upon the student’s academic program.
3
Not availableCCJ2930Selected Studies in Criminal Justice
In this course topics of current interest are presented in group instruction. This course may be taken three times for credit and depending upon the subject may have a lab fee required.
3
Not availableCJC1160Community Based Corrections
This course will explore the history, development and implementation of community-based corrections, specifically probation, parole and community control.
3
AvailableCJC1162Introduction to Probation, Parole and Community Corrections
This course provides an in-depth study of the world of probation and parole. Students will investigate the conviction, adjudication and punishment of adults and juveniles who have been convicted of a criminal offense. This course will examine parole boards, the courts and others who may authorize the early release of offenders, subject to certain conditions. This course will analyze why some adult and juvenile offenders are permitted by the courts to remain free in their communities and the requirements of community supervision. The role and selection of probation and parole officers will also be covered.
3
AvailableCJE1640Introduction to CSI
This course strives to depict the role of the forensic scientist in the criminal justice system. This course is designed for the non-scientific student. The course is a classroom introduction to the world of forensic science that includes Internet application, ability and limitations of the modern crime laboratory. Forensic science begins at the crime scene. If an investigator cannot recognize, collect and package evidence properly, no amount of equipment or expertise in the laboratory will salvage the situation.
3
Not availableCJE2400Community Policing
This course provides an examination of the growth of community policing by reviewing and researching traditional policy, community relations and community policing. It includes a view of social, behavioral and operational issues that are fundamental to effective policy and community relations.
3
Not availableCJE2540Police Organization and Administration
This course provides an overview of police administration and management. It examines various approaches to police organization and supervision. This course emphasizes the difference between management and leadership. Stress is placed on organization and individual values in order to accomplish common goals.
3
AvailableCJE2566Introduction to Domestic Violence, Stalking, Teen Dating Violence
In this course the student will develop a mature understanding of violence and abuse in intimate, dating and casual relationships. This understanding will be developed through an interdisciplinary perspective providing a contemporary view of the criminal justice experience with the diverse forms of violence and populations. This course will include dating violence, stalking, domestic violence and teen dating violence.
3
AvailableCJJ2002Juvenile Delinquency
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the problem of juvenile delinquency. Topics include the history of juvenile delinquency and defining and measuring of juvenile delinquency in American society, theories of delinquency, the law enforcement role, juvenile court process, juvenile recidivism and the social and cultural influences involved in defining delinquency.
3
AvailableCJL2131Criminal Evidence
The purpose of this course is to point out why the evidence of the law court follows its present direction. Course content includes considering rules of evidence and rules of exclusion. Tests of admissible evidence applied by the courts, including direct and circumstantial evidence, will be covered.
3
Not availableCJL2500Explaining the American Court System
This course will provide students with an understanding of the court system. Students will study the abilities courts have to regulate our lives, shape what is acceptable and what is forbidden. Students will also study how the court system works to avoid violating people's rights and liberties. This course covers topics such as the role of courts in modern society, pressure on the courts and how that pressure is handled, various levels of courts, professionals who work in the system, the role of the victim, rights of the defendant and a step-by-step program to show how a case works its way through the court system.
3
Not availableDSC1002Introduction to Terrorism
This course is an in-depth historical look at terrorism and its origins, types and history that will provide the student with the knowledge necessary to understand the background of yesterday and the evolution of terrorism today. Religions and nations are covered in the investigation of terrorism, its many different factions and their relationships. Discussions will explore the kinds of efforts being expanded around the world to find ways to deter or discover terrorism and find other ways to deal with it. Students will examine what the future of terrorism might be in the 21st Century.
3
Not availableDSC2021Homeland Security for Policing
This course provides a framework for understanding the police role in homeland security. This course provides a broader understanding of how the concept of homeland security developed, what it means for the police, where within the scope of a national homeland security framework the police fit and how the police must have a broad, strategic focus for the adoption of homeland security to ensure goals and objectives are compatible. This course will present a more holistic understanding of policing for homeland security, what role the police will play in this new era and the strategic, operational and tactical considerations necessary to implement this new philosophy of policing.
3
AvailableHSC2400First Aid and CPR
This course is designed to provide knowledge and skills needed to meet emergency first aid situations. There will be comprehensive training in recognition, evaluation and handling victims of illness or accidents. Students, after successful completion, will receive certification in the American Heart Association's Healthcare Provider (CPR) course or a Heart Saver/First Aid card. Lab fee required.
3
Not availablePEM2101Conditioning
This course includes conditioning activities such as weight training, calisthenics and circuit training. May be taken four times for credit.
1
AvailableSLS1101College Success
This course is designed to help students become more effective in college. The course teaches students how to set goals, manage time, improve retention of information, take notes, strengthen test-taking skills, deal with test anxiety, master stress reduction techniques, think critically, approach problems creatively, communicate more effectively, use the library and other college services, adapt to various instructional styles, understand their own learning style and identify and deal with problems (learning, personal or social) that interfere with their ability to learn, develop an appreciation for diversity and develop appropriate classroom behaviors. Lab fee required.
3
Gang Investigations
The following courses may be used to meet the elective requirements:
Not availableCCJ1512Gangs and Terrorism
This course introduces the student to the interrelationships of gangs, drug traffickers, conspiracy and terrorism. This course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge of legal elements of a criminal conspiracy to include terrorism operations, drug interdiction and gang organizations.
3
Not availableCCJ2509Introduction to Gangs and Crime
This course provides the student with an overview of street gangs, the social factors and the general classifications necessary for law enforcement, corrections and public safety professional. This course explores the history, membership, activity, current trends and influence of street gangs. Students will be challenged to define community-based solutions and strategies to combat the criminal activity associated with street gangs.
3
Not availableCCJ2511Intervention and Prosecution Techniques for Gangs
This course provides the student with the knowledge and strategies to vigorously target, investigate, prosecute and prevent resurgence of criminal street gangs. This course provides an overview of the origins of gangs, the relationship between gang organizations and identification and investigation of criminal street gang members and organizations. The student will explore the factors and programs that can deter and impact gang membership and the prosecution of encountered criminal street gangs throughout the country.
3
AvailableCCJ2940Practicum
This course is designed to provide the student with supervised work experience in public safety or social services institutions that deal with the prevention, intervention, suppression or prosecution of gang crime or activity. Participation in this course may be voluntary or paid at the discretion of the institution. The student must fulfill the requirements of a minimum of 60 hours on-the-job work experience. The student will be required to complete a writing assignment related to the work experience. Department consent required. Students must successfully complete an internship application process through the Sheriff's Office. Students will be required to complete a criminal background check.
3
Not availableCJC2212The Incarceration Connection
This course provides an overview of the correctional and detention structure and the management skills necessary to understand the threat of criminal street gangs. The student will gain an understanding of the influences of gang members during incarceration and the connection to the community.
3
Not availableCJE1177Central America Gang Assessment
This course provides the student with an overview of the gang presence and criminal activity in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Mexico and the rationale for the United States' interest in understanding the gang phenomena in these countries. Students will explore the severity of the gang problems, causes and risk factors for gang activity. Students will examine the current strategic and programmatic recommendations to impact gang activity in these countries.
3
Not availableCJE1204Contemporary Topics in Gang Investigation
This course examines the unique and contemporary gang-related investigation topics, problems and issues that deserve greater exploration and analysis as the body of knowledge related to gang investigation evolves. The student will be introduced to the contemporary issues surrounding the course topics, historical perspectives, foundational philosophies and strategies and programs within the context of the course topics.
3
Not availableCJE2262Technology and Gang Intelligence Sharing
This course provides students with a working understanding of the technology available for communication, how that technology can be used by gangs and others inclined to engage in criminal activity and how that technology can be used by police, courts and corrections officers to identify criminal activity through intelligence collection, analysis and dissemination. This course explores the historical use of technology, provides a sampling of technology available in the present and looks at possibilities for improvements in the future. Students will learn to identify uses for technology, demonstrate a familiarity with available technology and engage in collaboratively designing and using technological frameworks to gather, analyze and share simulated intelligence.
3
Homeland Security
The following courses may be used to meet the elective requirements:
Not availableDSC1002Introduction to Terrorism
This course is an in-depth historical look at terrorism and its origins, types and history that will provide the student with the knowledge necessary to understand the background of yesterday and the evolution of terrorism today. Religions and nations are covered in the investigation of terrorism, its many different factions and their relationships. Discussions will explore the kinds of efforts being expanded around the world to find ways to deter or discover terrorism and find other ways to deal with it. Students will examine what the future of terrorism might be in the 21st Century.
3
Not availableDSC1004Introduction to NRF and NIMS
This course introduces the student to the National Response Framework (NRF) and specifies how the resources of the Federal Government will work in concert with state, local, tribal governments and the private sector to respond to incidents of national significance. The NRF is predicated on the National Incident Management System (NIMS). This course will show how NRF and NIMS provide a nationwide template for working together to prevent or respond to threats and incidents regardless of cause, size or complexity.
3
Not availableDSC1033Weapons of Mass Destruction
This course introduces the student to various types of weapons of mass destruction. The student will be introduced to basic principles of weapons of mass destruction, recognition, identification, decontamination and treatment protocols. The student will understand the importance of personal protective equipment and its proper uses and understand toxicology, physical and chemical properties associated with weapons of mass destruction.
3
Not availableDSC1222Psychology Management of Weapons of Mass Destruction Victims
This course introduces the student to a general overview of terrorism and the potential psychological effects of terrorist events on victims. The course will also provide emergency responders with appropriate skills to use at the terrorist scene to mitigate the psychological impact to the victims. The course will address the effects of terrorist events on the emergency responders themselves and offer specific techniques that the responders can use in responding to victims and other responders.
3
Not availableDSC1552Critical Infrastructure Protection
This course deals with the problem of terrorism from a criminal justice perspective. It is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the major issues associated with responding to terrorism in a democratic society. This course focuses on the threat of terrorism in the United States. This course will review strategies used to deter terrorist threats to the United States. This course will also assess the relative effectiveness of anti-terrorist activities.
3
Not availableDSC1562Homeland Security Threat Strategy
This course deals with the problems of terrorism from a criminal justice perspective. This course will provide the student with an understanding of the major issues associated with the response to terrorism in a democratic society. This course focuses on the threat of terrorism to the United States. This course will review strategies used to deter terrorist threats to the United States. This course will also assess the relative effectiveness of anti-terrorist activities.
3
Not availableDSC1631Terrorism Response Planning
This course introduces the student to various aspects of planning for potential terrorist activity. The student will be introduced to basic principles of emergency management, communications, security threats and the effects these operations may have on personnel. The student will learn techniques for evaluating various operations for vulnerability to terrorist attacks. The student will gain knowledge of the rules and responsibilities of local agencies, federal agencies, private seaports and maritime businesses during terrorism planning and response.
3
Not availableDSC1751Homeland Security and Law
This course introduces the student to the major debates about balancing democratic freedoms with security from the Patriot Act to the U.S. Supreme Court decisions on detention powers. The course provides insight into legal strategies necessary to confront ongoing national security threats. The course examines laws designed to preserve both our security and our democratic way of life.
3
Law Enforcement Leadership
The following courses may be used to meet the elective requirements:
Not availableCCJ2452Managing a Criminal Justice Organization
This course will develop students to be effective managers by exposing them to concepts such as budget management, crafting program enhancements and proposals, project management, developing and maintaining agency policies, complying with federal and state labor laws and meeting expectations of accreditation bodies.
3
Not availableCCJ2460Introduction to Criminal Justice Supervision
This course focuses on the fundamentals of criminal justice supervision such as motivation techniques, applying discipline appropriately, conducting effective and meaningful employee performance evaluations, operational planning and implementing staff schedules. The student will also be introduced to the concepts of effective leadership.
3
Not availableCCJ2482The Public Face of Criminal Justice
This course introduces the student to the basic skills needed for effective public speaking and an appreciation for an effective public message program. The student will learn how to handle crisis management and the media as well as how to utilize social networking resources to meet the demands of the communities they serve.
3
Not availableCCJ2732Shaping the Future of Criminal Justice
This course is the capstone course of the Criminal Justice Leadership certificate program. Topics addressed will include the impact of generational change on law enforcement in the United States, recruiting and retaining qualified employees in the future and developing appropriate promotional processes. Prerequisite: Course must be taken in the last semester.
3
AvailableCCJ2053Ethical Dilemmas and Decisions in Criminal Justice
This course provides the basic philosophical principles necessary to analyze ethical dilemmas within the criminal justice world. This course also offers an approach that deals with real life examples of misconduct, the effects of misconduct, research on criminal justice ethics and the various policy issues in criminal justice. This course will also identify themes that run though the entire criminal justice system, for example, issues such as discretion and due process concerning practitioners in law enforcement, the courts and corrections. This course will also look at how the definition of justice is defined by criminal justice professionals who deal with these dilemmas on a daily basis.
3
General Education Courses
AvailableENC1101English I
This is a course in the process of expository writing. Students will read essays and compose papers that are unified, organized, logically developed and supported, clearly stated and well-focused. Research techniques are introduced and incorporated into at least one composition. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. Students must pass the core assignments with a grade of "C" or higher.
3
AvailableSPC1608Introduction to Oral Communication
The purpose of this course is to improve the basic skills of speaking and listening. Class exercises emphasize preparing and delivering public speeches, speaking with clarity and variety and listening with literal and critical comprehension.
3
Humanities General Education course3
Mathematics or Science General Education course3
Note: If you choose a Science General Education course, due to state law, you must also complete any college preparatory mathematics course(s), if any were required by your entry-level test scores, before you can be awarded an associate degree.
Social Science General Education course3
Total Credits:64
Note:
  • Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees are designed to prepare graduates for immediate entry into their chosen career field. A.S. degree graduates may transfer into certain baccalaureate programs. Students planning to transfer to baccalaureate programs should consult with Student Affairs counselors, advisors or specialists to make sure required courses are taken and entry requirements are met for the college/university program of their choice.

Textbook information will be available online for each term's courses 45 days prior to the first day of classes for the term.

Each course offered by Seminole State is listed alphabetically and organized by the course prefix, catalog number and description. The courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System, a system used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 32 non-public institutions. Seminole State controls the description, credit and content of its own courses.

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