Criminal Justice

Transfer Major

Decisions on the transferability of courses are made by the four-year colleges and differ from school to school. Students enrolled in this major should contact the Transfer Services Office early in their academic program to determine which courses will transfer to the college of their choice.

Department of Social & Behavioral Science
Founders 210A • Phone (215) 968-8270
Curriculum Code No. 1189

The transfer major has the following objectives

  • to provide students with a solid foundation in Criminal Justice as an academic field of study in preparation for transfer to a four-year institution;
  • to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the functioning of the criminal justice system's major components- police, courts, and sanctions; and
  • to provide students with an understanding of the purposes, scope, and sources of criminal law

Graduates of this program are able to:

  • apply their knowledge of the function and roles of the police to representative situations
  • describe the function and roles of the courts and applyto representative situations
  • analyze the function and roles of sanctions and apply to representative situations
  • examine the constitution, elements of crimes, and defenses and apply to appropriate legal cases

Upon completion of this associate degree program, the student will be qualified to apply for a position as a police officer, sheriff deputy, or correctional officer.

Degree Course Requirements

Course Credits
BIOL101
Biological Science I D,1
4
COMM110
Effective Speaking D,6
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,D,2
3
COMP111
English Composition II D,3
3
CRIJ100
Introduction to the Administration of Criminal Justice 7
3
CRIJ110
Introduction to Criminal Law E
3
CRIJ130
Criminal Investigation/Forensics E
3
CRIJ160
Introduction to Juvenile Justice E
3
HIST151
U.S. History: Young America 11
3
HIST152
U.S. History: Modern America 11
3
HLTH110
Responding to Emergencies 8
3
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge B,D,5
3
MATH115
Elementary Statistics A,D,1
3
POLI120
American State and Local Government
3
PSYC110
Introduction to Psychology 4,7
3
SOCI110
Introduction to Sociology 4
3
SOCI150
Criminology 9
3
Criminal Justice Electives E, 10 9
Total Credit Hours 61

Recommended Semester Sequence

The recommended course sequence is designed for full-time students who average 15 credit hours per semester. Students may need more time to complete major requirements based on placement testing. This additional time will entail some adjustments to the sequence recommended.

First Semester

Course Credits
COMP110
English Composition I A,D,2
3
CRIJ100
Introduction to the Administration of Criminal Justice 7
3
HLTH110
Responding to Emergencies 8
3
SOCI110
Introduction to Sociology 4
3
HIST151
U.S. History: Young America 11
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Second Semester

Course Credits
COMP111
English Composition II D,3
3
CRIJ110
Introduction to Criminal Law E
3
CRIJ160
Introduction to Juvenile Justice E
3
PSYC110
Introduction to Psychology 4,7
3
HIST152
U.S. History: Modern America 11
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Third Semester

Course Credits
MATH115
Elementary Statistics A,D,1
3
COMM110
Effective Speaking D,6
3
CRIJ130
Criminal Investigation/Forensics E
3
POLI120
American State and Local Government
3
Criminal Justice Elective E,103
Total Credit Hours 15

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
BIOL101
Biological Science I D,1
4
SOCI150
Criminology 9
3
Criminal Justice Electives E,10 6
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge B,D,5
3
Total Credit Hours 16


A Placement testing required.
B Any INTG course may be chosen.
C Pre-college level courses do not meet this requirement.
D Course requires prerequisite.
E Course requires prerequisite CRIJ100 (C or better) or co-requisite of CRIJ100.

1 Satisfies College Level Mathematics or Science.
2 Satisfies College Writing Level I.
3 Satisfies College Writing Level II.
4 Satisfies Social Perspectives.
5 Satisfies Writing Intensive requirement.
6 Satisfies Creative Expression requirement.
7 Prerequisite: Reading Placement Test score Level 3 or Read110 (C or better), or Co-requisite: Reading Placement Test score Level 2 and enrollment in a paired section of READ110.
8 Satisfies Personal Health requirement.
9 It is strongly recommended that students successfully complete COMP110, SOCI110 and CRIJ100 prior to enrollment.
10 Students may choose any elective within Criminal Justice, or other course outside of Criminal Justice with prior written approval from the Criminal Justice Coordinator or the Assistant Academic Dean.
11 Satisfies Cultural Perspectives requirement.