The A.A.S. degree program in Criminal Justice provides students with a broad-based, sophisticated understanding of the role of the criminal justice system in American Society. Students acquire the knowledge, values, and skills that will enable them to analyze rationally, the problems of the criminal justice system and the needs of society in a manner in keeping with democratic traditions of law, social well-being, and individual rights.
In particular, students develop the analytical tools and social understanding necessary to assist greatly in the important task of balancing the rights of the individual citizen against society's continuing need for safety and security.
Students in this program will be exposed to the wide scope of criminal justice as well as a balance presentation of theissues in this field. The structure of the curriculum and the related learning objectives will be consistent with publishedstandards of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), a national professional society.
To be successful in the criminal justice discipline, one must be detail-oriented, highly analytical, and be able to deal with victims and criminals with open mind and have the integrity to keep important records in the strictest confidence.
In a broad sense, students become knowledgeable about criminal justice and juvenile processes including an understanding of the law,the nature of crime, and the administration of justice.
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