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Law Enforcement A.A.S.

Department: Criminal Justice

Total Credit Hours: 62-68 credits

This program is planned for three types of students:

  • Those who plan to work with law enforcement agencies.
  • Those already employed as officers who wish to advance in their jobs.
  • Those preparing for advanced study in police management, criminology or social welfare.

SCC offers both the Associate of Applied Science-Law Enforcement Option outlined here and the Associate of Arts with a criminal justice emphasis. The A.A.S. will help students obtain employment in the law enforcement area of the criminal justice system. The A.A. is a transfer program for students who plan to pursue a bachelor's degree at a four-year college or university.

The college grants up to 15 credit hours toward the A.A.S. degree for students who already have completed the 1000-hour course at Eastern Missouri law Enforcement Training Academy. These credit hours will be granted at the completion of all the other A.A.S. degree requirements. See an academic advisor if you have attended or plan to attend the academy.

What Is Law Enforcement A.A.S.?

This associate degree program prepares individuals to perform the duties of police and public security officers, including patrol and investigative activities, traffic control, crowd control and public relations, witness interviewing, evidence collection and management, basic crime prevention methods, weapon and equipment operation and maintenance, report preparation and other routine law enforcement responsibilities.

Occupation Overview

Criminal justice graduates with an A.A.S degree may enter the protective service field, which includes jobs in law enforcement.

Occupational Outlook

Because of the multitude of careers in this field, the outlook is varied. Positions that have a bright outlook in the criminal justice field include compliance officers, customs inspectors, law clerks and sheriffs. These positions are projected to experience rapid increases in employment with large numbers of job openings over the next several years or are new and emerging occupations in high-growth industries.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, roughly 3 million workers are employed in the criminal justice field.

Salary Outlook

In the state of Missouri, employees working in the criminal justice field earn a mean average of $37,200 per year, depending on education, experience and employer.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, earnings increase significantly as a worker’s degree of education rises.

Criminal Justice Careers

SCC graduates with an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in criminal justice are employed in a broad range of careers including, but not limited to: bailiff, border patrol agent, compliance officer, correction officer, court administrator, court clerk, court reporter, criminal investigator, customs inspector, harbor, lake and waterways police, highway patrol pilot, immigration inspector, jailer, law clerk, narcotics investigator, police and detectives supervisor, police artist, police identification and records officer, police officer, sheriff and warden.

Required Courses

General Education Requirements (24-25 credits)
Mathematics MAT 105 or higher Applied Math or higher 3-4
Communication ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102 or English Composition II (recommended) or 3
ENG 125 Business Writing
SPE 101 Oral Communication 3
Social Science HIS 101 or U.S. History to 1877 or 3
HIS 102 or U.S. History Since 1877 or
HIS 115 or U.S. History Since 1945 or
HIS 270 or History of Missouri or
POL 101 or American Government or
POL 102 State & Local Government
Natural Science Any BIO Any BIOLOGY Course 3
Humanities Any Humanities (PHL 102 - Intro to Logic is recommended) 3
Elective BTC/CPT 103 Microcomputer Applications 3
Core Course Requirements (23-28 credits)
CRJ 140 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 170 Criminal Law & Procedures ^ 3
CRJ 171 Rules of Evidence ^^ 3
CRJ 175 Criminology 3
CRJ 201 Criminal Justice: Politics & Policy ^^ 3
CRJ 205 Juvenile System 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
CRJ 265 Internship I 1-6
CRJ 298 Criminal Justice Capstone 1
Law Enforcement Option (15) - Select from the Following
CRJ 101 Introduction to Victimology ^ 3
CRJ 103 Addictive Disease Concepts ^ 3
CRJ 104 Treatment Alcohol & Drugs ^^ 3
CRJ 110 Criminal Investigations 3
CRJ 202 Correctional Institutions 3
CRJ 210 Crime Victimization ^^ 3
CRJ 224 Constitutional Law ^ 3
CRJ 230 Crisis Intervention ^^ 3
CRJ 240 Probation and Parole ^^ 3
CRJ 250 Police Administration ^ 3
CRJ 260 Police and Community Relations ^^ 3
CRJ 266 Internship II 1-6
CRJ 280 Comparative CRJ & Criminology 3
CRJ 290 Special Topics 1-3
CRJ 291 Mock Trial 1-3
CRJ 292 Mock Trial Competition 1-3
Total Required Hours: 62-68 credits

Contact Information: Dave Van Mierlo 636-922-8253

* The Academic Skills Assessment is required before enrolling in a math or English course. If a student places into lower-level courses that are required for the degree, then the student must first enroll in lower-level courses before enrolling in the courses required for graduation.

** Other writing courses may be substituted for English 102, but if the student plans to transfer to a four-year institution, then English 102 should be taken.

+Courses that will fulfill the graduation requirements for General Education electives, English, Social Science and Natural Science are listed in the Associate of Applied Science Degree Graduation Requirements.

^ Fall only

^^ Spring only

Suggested Schedule Planning

First Semester (15 credits)
CRJ 140 Intro to Criminal Justice 3
Social Sciences HIS 101
HIS 102
HIS 115
HIS 270
POL 101
POL 102
ENG 101 English Composition I * 3
SOC 101 Intro to Sociology+ 3
CRJ 170 Criminal Law & Procedure ^ 3
Second Semester (15-16 credits)
ENG 102 or
ENG 125
Business Writing or
English Composition II * **
MAT 105 Applied Math or higher * 3-4
CRJ 171 Rules of Evidence ^^ 3
CRJ 175 Criminology 3
CRJ 205 Juvenile System 3
Third Semester (18 credits)
SPE 101 Oral Communication 3
Natural Science Any BIO, CHM, or PHY 3
Pick from above CRJ Electives 9
Humanities Any Humanities PHL 102 recommended 3
Fourth Semester (14-19 credits)
CRJ 201 Criminal Justice: Politics & Policy ^^ 3
CRJ Electives 6
BTC/CPT 103 Microcomputer Applications 3
CRJ 265 Internship I 1-6
CRJ 298 Capstone 1
Total Hours Required for Graduation: 62-68 credits

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