Associate of Science in Criminal Justice

College of St. Joseph established Guided Pathways for each undergraduate major in 2016. The Guided Pathways were developed through the CSJ Learning Collaborative and provide a visual road map showing students what courses they should take and when to achieve four-year graduation success. View the Criminal Justice Guided Pathway here.

Requirements for an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice

ENG103 College Composition I: Engaged Citizens3The course examines what it means to be an engaged citizen in 21-centry America. By exploring foundation documents such as the Declaration of Independence and early Greek democracies, along with modern interpretations of participatory citizenship, this class asks students to question what makes a person an engaged citizen. Students will write frequently in the course, culminating in a research paper. Students will also give multiple in-class presentations and work collaboratively.
ENG104 College Composition II: Engaged Citizens3This course uses poetry, drama and short fiction to explore what it means to be an engaged 21st century citizen. Students will read a variety of texts from early Greek drama to modern multicultural short stories as they examine what it means to participate in citizenship. Students will write frequently, culminating in a research paper. Students will also present and work collaboratively on projects.
ACT111 First Year Experience – Part 11Through a variety of activities, students will be introduced to college resources and opportunities in the College community. Class activities will be directed toward helping students take responsibility for their own learning, career exploration and becoming engaged in college activities and activities of civic engagement. Course topics will include goal setting, academic advisement, study skills, note taking, time management and research. All transfer students with at least 24 credits and in good standing, and students who are 22 years or older are exempt from taking the course. Course cannot be repeated. Freshmen course.
ACT112 First Year Experience – Part 21Through a variety of activities and learning opportunities, students will explore career options and major choices, as well as participate in research writing and in-class presentations. Topics include focused career inventories, interviews with local non- profits and guided research projects, leading to a research paper and presentation. All transfer students with at least 24 credits and in good standing, and students who are 22 years or older are exempt from taking the course. Freshman course.
SCI105 Life Science I
or SCI106 Life Science II
3This is a liberal arts, interdisciplinary life science course covering basic concepts that includes the scientific method, the organization and complexity of living organisms, cells, energy transfer, the diversity of living organisms and animal physiology. This course is suitable for all majors except health science and radiography majors and counts toward the natural science component of the College General Education Core Curriculum.
Or SCI106 Life Science II
This is a liberal arts, interdisciplinary life science course covering basic concepts that include the scientific method, genetics and inheritance, biotechnology, evolution and ecology. This course is suitable for all majors except health science and radiography majors and counts toward the natural science component of the College General Education Core Curriculum.
PSY102 Introduction to Psychology3This course provides an overview of the major areas of psychological study including biology and behavior, sensation and perception, learning, memory, intelligence, language, motivation, emotion, abnormal psychology, and therapy. Historical and current theoretical approaches to understanding human behavior will be reviewed and the student will be introduced to scientific methods of inquiry in psychology. This is a basic course intended for both Psychology majors and others interested in the field of Psychology.
History Elective3The Associate of Science in Criminal Justice requires students to take one of the following:
HIS101 World Civilization I
HIS102 World Civilization II
HIS103 US History I HIS104 US History II
Math Elective
(MAT101 Survey of Mathematics or BUS102 Business Math)
3MAT101 Survey of Mathematics
A broad overview of significant mathematical concepts. The course provides a concentrated introduction to selected topics. Concepts that will be covered include set operations, number systems, consumer mathematics as well as basic algebra, geometry, probability and statistics.
Or BUS102 Business Math
Teaches practical applications and skills which will be useful in a business career and in functioning as a concerned consumer. Subjects of study include: bank reconciliation, payroll, use of percents, simple interest, annuities, present value, future value, taxes, mark up and mark down, and financial statement analysis. Satisfies General Education math requirement.
REL206 Faith Traditions3This course provides students with the foundational concepts and beliefs of the major faith traditions with an emphasis on how these beliefs can be accommodated in the workplace and classroom. Students will read primary belief texts, write papers on ways these beliefs are embodied and perform in-class presentations.
INT201 Conflict, Cooperation and Community3This course provides students with frameworks to engage in healthy conflict resolution, as well as the tools to promote interpersonal cooperation. Students will engage in cross- cultural community building, research various strategies for the promotion of cooperation and present findings to their peers. Additionally, the course will require students to demonstrate what they have learned in class in a variety of out-of-classroom experiences.
CRJ101 Introduction to Criminal Justice3This course offers a comprehensive survey of the administration and organization of criminal justice from arrest through final adjudication. The course begins with an overview of the criminal justice system followed by in-depth discussions on crime, victimization and criminal justice policy. Students are introduced to the evolution of the various components of the criminal justice system (police, prosecution, courts and corrections), the effects of each component and the role of discretion in each.
CRJ210 Law & Society3An introduction to the American judicial system and the main themes and events of American constitutional law since 1787. It introduces terms and concepts of law and legal history, focusing on three recurring themes in American public life - liberty, equality and property. Readings consist mostly of original court cases, especially from the U.S. Supreme Court, but with a focus on the historical connections between those cases and broader social, political and cultural trends.
CRJ270 Victimology3Study of risk factors in crime victimization, the impact of crimes upon victims and the role of the victim in the event and within the criminal justice system.
CRJ280 Juvenile Justice3Considers the problems surrounding the legal definition and handling of juveniles who encounter the criminal justice system as offenders, clients and victims. Attention is devoted to the study of the special legal categories and procedures established for juveniles, the challenges facing professionals providing juvenile services and the most significant directions of legal and social change affecting youth in our society.
CRJ281 Policing in America3Examines the history, evolution and organization of the police in the United States and their role in society, the structure and culture of police organizations, function and activities of the police, and police deviance and accountability.
CRJ282 Corrections3Examines the concept of punishment and its form, function(s) and enforcement throughout history, with an emphasis on current sentencing policies and procedures and their impact on the corrections system. Explores the operation, structure, clientele and issues confronting the institutions, agencies and programs encompassing the corrections system including jails, prisons, and probation and parole.
CRJ285 Criminal Procedure3A comprehensive study of the investigative and adjudicatory stages of the criminal process, through trial, including an analysis of constitutional and statutory provisions, and judicial decisions (particularly those of the Supreme Court of the United States and the Vermont Supreme Court) governing the various procedural steps in the administration of criminal justice in federal and state courts.
CRJ310 Criminology3With a primary focus on the role of crime and criminals in society, this course explores the nature and dynamics of crime, criminals, victims, society, law and public policy. Through critical analysis, students identify how and why widely varying theories about crime are adopted at particular times in history and in certain circumstances, assesses policy implications in light of social justice principles; and informs students' understanding of the justifications offered for subsequent institutional responses to crime
CRJ320 Internship/Co-op I in CRJ3Field experience in a local, state or federal criminal justice or private security agency. Includes orientation, observation, conferences and work experience. Students will complete a minimum of 120 clock hours in the field during the semester. Prerequisites: CRJ 101, 210, 230, 240, 285, 310 and 350; minimum 2.5 GPA in major. Restricted to majors.
CRJ430 Current Issues in Criminal Justice3Detailed exploration of various issues in crime, criminal behavior, policing, corrections, juvenile delinquency and/or international criminal justice.
Major Course
6CRJ250; CRJ283; CRJ312; RJ314; CRJ315 ; CRJ340; CRJ420
Total 62

*All required courses in Criminal Justice must be completed with an average grade of “C” (2.00) or better.
**The college has an articulation agreement with the Vermont Correctional Academy, Vermont Department of Corrections whereby recruits who successfully complete the 8-week residential training program receive 16 credits toward the Criminal Justice degree at College of St. Joseph.
A minimum of 15 credits must be taken at College of St. Joseph (regardless of the number of credits transferred), nine of which must be in the criminal justice major.
At the time of matriculation, students may request to transfer credits completed at a regionally accredited college or university if they earned a grade of “C-” or better in the course(s).
Note: In-service students should discuss these requirements with their Criminal Justice adviser. Transfer students from Criminal Justice programs in other schools are urged to review their transcript evaluation with their adviser or the Registrar’s Office. They must satisfy the general education and academic major requirements, regardless of the number of criminal justice credits transferred.