School of Criminal Justice
School of Criminal Justice

Criminology and Forensic Technology: Associate of Applied Science Degree
Merrillville, IN Campus

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Objectives

This program exposes students to fundamental knowledge and skills utilized in the field of criminology and forensics. Areas of study include the criminal justice system, criminal law, law enforcement, forensics and investigations. This program contains report writing, communications, problem solving and computer coursework designed to help students prepare for entry-level positions in the field of criminal justice.

Career Opportunities

This program offers graduates an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills that can help them pursue careers in a variety of entry-level corrections, criminology and investigative positions.

*This program of study may not qualify a graduate for a career in law enforcement involving employment as a police officer or agent by federal, state, county, local or municipal authorities. An applicant must contact the applicable governmental authority prior to beginning the program at the school to determine if there are any specific requirements and/or qualifications that a candidate must satisfy to be eligible for employment as a police officer or agent by that authority. Those requirements and/or qualifications may include, among other things, that a candidate must: (a) successfully complete an academy or other specialized training; (b) be younger than a certain age; (c) pass a physical, mental and/or personality examination; (d) pass a background check; (e) not have a criminal record; (f) be a graduate from an institution that is regionally accredited (as opposed to nationally accredited, such as ITT Technical Institute); (g) complete a certain number of credit hours or a certain type of degree program at an accredited postsecondary educational institution; (h) have served a certain number of years in the military; (i) have a certain number of years of prior law enforcement experience; (j) be a U.S. citizen and/or a resident of the governmental authority's jurisdiction; (k) have earned a bachelor or graduate degree in certain areas of study; and/or (l) have a valid driver's license.

Admission Requirements

Refer to the Admission section of this catalog for information relating to Admission Requirements and Procedures for this program.

School Equipment

Students will have the opportunity to use the following school equipment as required throughout the program: computers, pertinent software, printers and other common computer peripherals. Refer to Student Equipment in the Online Course Information section of this catalog for information relating to the student equipment requirements for the distance education courses that are taught online over the Internet.

Class Size

Classes generally range in size from 20 to 40 students. Depending on the course subject matter, certain classes may contain a greater or lesser number of students.

Program Outline

To view a list of the course descriptions, please click here.

Course Number Course Credit Hours  
Program Total 93.0
General Education Courses**
EN1320 Composition I+ 4.5
HU1440 Rhetoric in Contemporary Culture+ 4.5
MA1210 College Mathematics I+ 4.5
PS1350 American Government+ 4.5
SC1130 Survey of the Sciences+ 4.5
Subtotal 22.5
Core Courses
CJ1110 Introduction to Criminal Justice+ 4.5
CJ1210 Criminology+ 4.5
CJ1220 Fundamentals of Law Enforcement+ 4.5
CJ1310 Criminal Justice Report Writing+ 4.5
CJ1320 Investigations+ 4.5
CJ1440 Community Corrections+ 4.5
CJ1470 Criminalistics+ 4.5
CJ2570 Forensic Technology+ 4.5
CJ2670 Computer Forensics+ 4.5
CJ2799 Criminology and Forensic Technology Capstone Project+ 4.5
LE1430 Fundamentals of Criminal Law+ 4.5
Subtotal 49.5
Elective Core Courses
Unspecified Elective Core course+*** 4.5
General Studies Courses
GS1140 Problem Solving Theory+ 4.5
GS1145 Strategies for the Technical Professional+ 4.5
GS2520 Professional Communications+ 4.5
GS2747 Advanced Strategies for the Technical Professional+ 3.0
Subtotal 16.5

+In this program, this(these) course(s) may be taught either completely in residence at the school, completely online over the Internet as a distance education course or partially in residence and partially online, as determined by the school from time to time in its discretion. Refer to the Online Course Information section of this catalog for additional information relating to the courses that the school decides to teach all or partially online over the Internet. In order to help students become familiar with fundamentals of taking courses online over the Internet, the school may determine that a portion of the first online course that a student takes in this program must be taken online at the school in a supervised setting.

**General Education courses include courses in the humanities, composition, mathematics, the sciences and the social sciences. Students must satisfactorily complete at least one course in each of the following categories: the humanities, composition, mathematics and the social sciences. Refer to the Course Descriptions section of this catalog for the general education category pertaining to each general education course.

***Courses offered at this school that satisfy the Unspecified Elective Core course requirement are CJ2640, CJ2650 and CJ2699. The course descriptions for these courses are in the Course Descriptions section of the catalog. The CJ2699 course involves an externship. Externship opportunities are limited and may not be available every quarter or for every student who desires to take CJ2699. Any student interested in CJ2699 must apply for and be selected for any externship opportunity that may be available at that time.

NOTE: The course descriptions for the courses in this program are in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog. The school may, at any time in its discretion, vary the offering and/or sequence of courses in this program, revise the curriculum content of the program or any course in the program and change the number of credit hours in the program or in any program course.


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Graduated 2009
Fort Wayne, IN

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