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Criminal Justice

Associate of Science Degree


The Quincy College Criminal Justice Program is designed to prepare individuals for the various aspects of Criminal Justice in the region. The program options available to students offer several routes of preparation. In any Criminal Justice course, students may find themselves in classrooms with police officers, private security professionals, government agency staff, and prospective social scientists. Students are encouraged to carefully review each Criminal Justice track, and the options available within each, in order to more effectively identify the program best suited for their career and personal goals.

The Criminal Justice Associate Degree is designed to prepare students for entry level positions in the criminal justice profession as well as to facilitate transfer to a Baccalaureate Degree-granting institutions and enhance the likelihood of students’ success in those programs. The Criminal Justice Associate Degree allows the student greater flexibility in selecting courses that will match the program requirements of the school to which the student intends to transfer.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of this program, the student will able to:

  • Outline criminal justice policies and practices applied in the administration of justice.
  • Describe how criminological theory supports problem solving and examination into the nature and causes of crime.
  • Estimate the impact of criminal justice technology upon due process and equal justice.
  • Describe contemporary threats, challenges, and social issues impacting the administration of justice.
  • Summarize the evolution of the correctional system and community-based alternatives to incarceration.
  • Illustrate major qualitative and/or quantitative methods used in criminal justice research.


Academic Division of Professional Programs

Criminal Justice Courses
    • Code
    • Course
    • Credits
    • CJS 101
    • Introduction to Criminal Justice
    • 3
    This course introduces the criminal justice process and services with discussion of the roles of police, courts, and corrections. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • CJS 103
    • Criminology
    • 3
    The nature and cause of criminal behavior in contemporary America, the social forces involved, the major causes of lawbreaking, and analysis of social responses to criminals, including the workings of the police, courts, laws, and prisons are studied. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • CJS 104
    • Law Enforcement & Society
    • 3
    The role of the police in a democratic society is examined as well as the historical development of law enforcement emphasizing European and American tradition and practice. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • CJS 105
    • Criminal Evidence & Investigation
    • 3
    An examination of the kinds and degrees of evidence and the rules governing admissibility of evidence in court. The student will study the fundamentals of investigation, crime scene search and recording, collection and preservation of physical evidence, source of information, interviews and interrogation, follow-up, and case preparation. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • CJS 107
    • Juvenile Delinquency
    • 3
    This course covers selected theories of delinquency, programs of prevention and control, treatment, confinement, utilization of community resources, and the history and current role of the juvenile court. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • CJS 108
    • Criminal Justice Ethics
    • 3
    This course will examine a variety of ethical issues faced by justice officials, such as the relationship between personal ethics and social expectations; professional ethics; the use of force; issues of race, gender and class; and noble cause corruption. Students will examine the importance of an ethical foundation for law enforcement while they compare and contrast ethical codes from various sources in the public safety community and historical warrior classes. Special attention will be paid to the concept of noble cause corruption and the compound effects of those outcomes. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • CJS 109
    • Criminal Law
    • 3
    This course introduces the student to the principles of criminal liability, elements of crimes, defenses to crimes and parties to crimes in the areas of property crimes, crimes against the person, crimes against habitation, and drug trafficking. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • CJS 111
    • Criminal Justice Administration
    • 3
    This course surveys the criminal justice system as a whole, the interdependence and independence of actors, and discusses system concerns and allocation of resources. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • CJS 113
    • Drugs and Society
    • 3
    This course discusses the major social health issues involving drugs. Topics covered include the psychological aspects of drug involvement, the pharmacology of drugs, alcoholism, current rehabilitation practices, review of state and federal drug laws, and drug education programs at the national, state, and local levels. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • CJS 117
    • Crisis Intervention & the Police
    • 3
    This course will examine the police officer responding to a wide range of calls which involve the potential for crisis. This course will involve incidents with violent individuals as well as volatile groups that the police officer often comes into contact with. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • CJS 121
    • Criminal Procedure
    • 3
    This course introduces the student to the basics of criminal procedure, including the law of search and seizure, arrest, interrogation and identification, the pretrial process, the criminal trial, sentencing and punishment, appeal and post-conviction relief, and constitutional safeguards in state and federal criminal proceedings. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • CJS 202
    • Introduction to Corrections
    • 3
    This course covers a critical analysis of the American system of corrections. Covers important historical developments and the range of treatment and/or punishment options available to government, including prisons, jails, reformatories, and community treatment programs. Probation and parole are considered as an integral part of corrections. Current correctional philosophy and treatment approaches on federal, state, and local levels of government are assessed. The interrelated nature of all aspects of corrections is emphasized, with particular focus on policy analysis and decision-making.
    • CJS 204
    • Probation, Parole & Community Corrections
    • 3
    Probation, parole, and other community-based sanctions, procedures, practices, and personnel are surveyed and evaluated. Probation, parole, and community-based correctional programs are presented in their historical, philosophical, social, and legal context. Theory and practice are integrated to the greatest extent possible.
    • CJS 211
    • Introduction to Security Procedures
    • 3
    This course includes the historical and philosophical bases of security and a survey of administrative, personnel, and physical aspects of the field. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • CJS 215
    • White-Collar Crime
    • 3
    This course deals with the rise, nature, causes, and consequences of white-collar crime and addresses such subjects as corporate crime, occupational crime, financial crime, public corruption, technology-based crime, and policing and prosecuting white-collar crime.
    • CJS 221
    • Domestic Violence, Abuse & Neglect
    • 3
    A survey of domestic violence including spousal or partner battering, child abuse and child neglect, causes, effects, and consequences of domestic violence; judicial, law enforcement and other interventions to protect victims; practical applications of the law; assisting victims/clients with resource and referral assessment; and study of public policy, criminal justice, and legal issues and problems. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • CJS 224
    • Unequal Justice: Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Class & the Law
    • 3
    Inscribed in large letters above the entrance to the Supreme Court of the United States are the words “Equal Justice under the Law.” These words represent the ideal of the American justice system - that law, legal procedures, and legal systems will treat people equally regardless of their race, gender, ethnic background, or social status. The reality of the criminal justice system, emphasizing historical and political foundations, will be explored through the study of gender, race, ethnicity, and class-based differences in law and criminal justice. Designated as a Criminal Justice course, this course may also be taken as a History/ Government elective. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • CJS 225
    • Victimology
    • 3
    Students will explore the myths and realities pertaining to crime victims, including crime victim statistics, the dynamics of victimization (physical, emotional and/or financial harm), victims’ rights, exposure to how police, courts and related agencies treat victims, and the problems and solutions for special kinds of victims (children, women, sexual assault victims, elderly, drunk driver and bias or hate crime victims). Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • CJS 297
    • Criminal Justice Internship
    • 3
    The student works in a supervised work experience in a related criminal justice capacity for at least 90 hours over a semester. A term paper is submitted to the coordinator. Prior permission of the coordinator is required. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.


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