Montgomery College 2024-2025 Catalog 
    
    Jun 22, 2024  
Montgomery College 2024-2025 Catalog

Criminal Justice Area of Concentration, Arts and Sciences AA: 617


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The criminal justice area of concentration, arts and sciences associate of arts is designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and/or criminology. The pathway exposes students to important criminal justice coursework while incorporating key General Education courses needed for transfer. The program is structured to prepare students who ultimately plan to serve the community in the fields of law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice, probation and parole, court services, or law. This program can be completed either on campus or online.

General Education Course Selections


Click here to view the Foundation/Distribution Courses  for selection to fulfill the General Education course requirements.

Suggested Course Sequence


Students should complete the required English and Math foundation courses within the first 24 credit hours. All students should review the Program Advising Guide and consult an advisor.

First Semester


Second Semester


Third Semester


Fourth Semester


Total Credit Hours: 60


If needed for ENGL 102 /ENGL 103 , or elective.

** Students transferring to the University of Maryland should make sure they do not exceed the 60 credits required for graduation and transfer.

*** Students planning to transfer to the UMCP Program @ Shady Grove must complete these five identified courses with a minimum grade of C. 

**** Except CCJS 255  (Independent Study in Criminal Justice).

# Students who began prior to fall 2012 must take an English literature or a history course to meet the UMD humanities requirement.

AA and AS programs require one global and cultural perspectives (GCP) General Education course.

This program can be completed either on campus or online.

Program Outline / Degree Requirements


General Education Requirements


Foundation Courses


Distribution Courses


General Education Institutional Requirements


Program Requirements


Total Credit Hours: 60


If needed for ENGL 102 /ENGL 103 , or elective.

** Students transferring to the University of Maryland should make sure they do not exceed the 60 credits required for graduation and transfer.

*** Students planning to transfer to the UMCP Program @ Shady Grove must complete these five identified courses with a minimum grade of C. 

**** Except CCJS 255  (Independent Study in Criminal Justice).

# Students who began prior to fall 2012 must take an English literature or a history course to meet the UMD humanities requirement.

AA and AS programs require one global and cultural perspectives (GCP) General Education course.

This program can be completed either on campus or online.

Program Outcomes


Upon completion of this program, a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the criminal law and criminal justice process (police, courts, and corrections) through writing assignments.
  • Explain the functions and roles of the various criminal justice practitioners in the operation of an ethical and professional system of justice that exists within a diverse society.
  • Analyze the relationship between criminological research and theory as it relates to the implementation of criminal justice policies and procedures.
  • Use academic sources to research and write organized and coherent assignments on criminal justice issues.
  • Describe employment pathways and identify employment opportunities in the field of criminal justice.

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