Jul 20, 2024  
SFCC Catalog 2023-2024 
SFCC Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice, A.A.

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CIP: 43.0104
School of Business, Professional Studies and Education, 505-428-1308

This program prepares students for positions in the criminal justice field or for transfer to four-year colleges or universities. Students must work closely with their transfer institutions and their SFCC advisers to ensure the best transition to four-year schools.

Transfer of Credit  

Students can earn the following certificates included in this degree:

Student can follow the Program Map(s) listed below to complete this program:

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Discuss in detail the institutions of the U.S. criminal and civil justice systems, including police, courts and corrections.
  • Explain the judicial system and legal procedures with particular emphasis on due process.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history, elements and applications of criminal law.
  • Analyze issues and theories of ethical standards and unethical conduct in criminal justice.
  • Describe the methods used in various social sciences to understand criminal conduct.
  • Process and maintain the integrity of crime scenes.


General Education Requirements: (33 Credits)

Mathematics (3 Credits)

Laboratory Science (8 Credits)

The combined total of Mathematics and Laboratory Science areas should equal a minimum of 10 credits

Social/Behavioral Sciences (6 Credits)

Creative and Fine Arts (3 Credits)

Humanities (3-4 Credits)

Recommended: Any foreign language (4 credits) 

The combined total of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Humanities and Creative and Fine Arts areas should equal 12 credit hours

Health and Wellness (1 Credit)

Related Requirements: (6 Credits)

Choose additional courses in Anthropology (ANTH), Criminal Justice (CRJS), Human Services (HUSV), Paralegal (LEGL), Psychology (PSYC) or Sociology (SOCI) or the following: 

Total 60 Credits Min.

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