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Criminal Justice (CJAAS)

Award: Associate in applied science degree

Program location: South Omaha Campus, Online

This degree provides practical knowledge of the criminal justice system and operations. Study focuses on local, state, and federal law enforcement, judicial processes, corrections, and homeland security. The degree also explores the criminal justice system’s role within society.

Employment opportunities exist in a variety of local, state, and federal law enforcement, corrections, and security fields. Examples include police officer, deputy sheriff, probation officer, juvenile detention officer, correctional officer, crime scene investigator, and loss prevention specialist. Individuals considering a degree or employment in a criminal justice profession must be aware of strict employment qualifications. Factors that usually disqualify candidates from employment include a criminal record (e.g., theft, assault, murder), history of drug abuse, significant psychological/personal disorders, physiological disorders, neuromuscular dysfunction, and dishonesty. Criminal justice agencies carefully scrutinize candidates in order to select those who maintain the public’s trust and confidence at all times.

Graduation Requirements

General education

 27.0

Major requirements

 40.5

Option requirements

 31.5

Total credit hours required

 99.0

General education requirements (27.0 credit hrs.)

Communications

English level I

4.5

English level II

4.5

Social Sciences

SOCI 1010Introduction to SociologyONLINEHYBRID

4.5

OR

PSYC 1010Introduction to PsychologyONLINEHYBRID

4.5

Quantitative/numeracy skills

Mathematics

4.5

See Quantitative/numeracy skills course options

MATH 1220 Business Math is strongly recommended.

Other

HMRL 1010Human Relations SkillsONLINEHYBRID

4.5

INFO 1001Information Systems and LiteracyONLINEHYBRID

4.5

Major requirements for Criminal Justice (40.5 credit hrs.)

Courses

CRIM 1010Introduction to Criminal JusticeONLINE

4.5

CRIM 1020Introduction to CorrectionsONLINE

4.5

CRIM 1030Courts and the Judicial ProcessONLINE

4.5

CRIM 1140Reporting Techniques for Criminal JusticeONLINE

4.5

CRIM 2000Criminal LawONLINE

4.5

CRIM 2050Principles of Interviewing and InterrogationONLINE

4.5

CRIM 2150Contemporary Issues in Criminal JusticeONLINE

4.5

CRIM 2260Criminal InvestigationONLINE

4.5

CRIM 2310Rules of EvidenceONLINE

4.5

Upon successful completion of a P.O.S.T. accredited academy or basic police academy course accredited by the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center, a maximum of 13.5 credit hours may be granted upon petition for CRIM 1010, CRIM 2000, and CRIM 2260.

Option requirements for Criminal Justice (31.5 credit hrs.)

The Criminal Justice degree options are available in the areas listed below. See the following sections for specific additional courses required to satisfy each option.

Students interested in a Criminal Justice option should consult with an advisor or Student Services when planning their studies.

Corrections (31.5 credit hrs.)

Criminal Justice - Corrections (CJCNO)

Law Enforcement (31.5 credit hrs.)

Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement (CJLEO)