Criminal Justice

Program Description

The Criminal Justice Program is comprised of professional and general education courses and is designed to provide you with a broad exposure to criminal justice theory and processes. The online curriculum provides a balanced approach to law enforcement. The program has been developed in conjunction with active professionals in the field of criminal justice, who
serve as members of an advisory committee.

Successful completion of this program leads to a transferable Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice; an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice Corrections Option, intended for employees of the Washington Department of Corrections; and a One-Year Certificate in Criminal Justice.

Career Opportunities

Law enforcement officers
Correctional officers
Adult and juvenile probation officers
Parole officers
Private security officers

In Our Program, Students Will Learn to:

(Student Learning Outcomes)
  • Correctly identify the major steps of the criminal justice process.
  • Develop an understanding of the function of each step of the criminal justice system and the key decisions that are made at each step.
  • Define each step and critically analyze how a case proceeds through the criminal justice system.
  • Articulate the functions of policing in the United States in terms of its historical roots, structure, and contemporary issues.
  • Develop an understanding of the court system in the United States in terms of constitutional issues and historical precedents.
  • Identify and understand correctional practices in the United States in relation to philosophies of punishment, sentencing practices, victim’s rights, and institutional limitations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the purpose, function, and historical evolution of the American Criminal Justice System in terms of the three major branches of criminal justice: police, courts, and corrections.
  • Articulate the differences between the major criminological theories of the causes of crime and how those theories relate to policies toward crime and criminal behavior.
  • Apply individual criminological theories to specific types of offending and criminal behaviors.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the steps in the research process as it relates to the scientific method.