Law Enforcement A.A.S.

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Law Enforcement A.A.S.

Department: Criminal Justice

Total Credit Hours: 60-62 credits

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Subject Course Title Credits
General Education Requirements (19 credits)
Mathematics MAT 105 or higher Applied Math or higher 3-4
Communication ENG 101 English Composition I 3
COM 101 or Oral Communication 3
COM 104 or Small Group communication
COM 106 or Public Communication
COM 110 Interpersonal Communication
Social Science HIS 101 or U.S. History to 1877  3
HIS 102 or U.S. History Since 1877 
POL 101  American Government
Natural Science CHM 101 or Introduction to Chemistry 3
BIO 105 or Essentials of Biology
BIO 108 or Trends in Science
BIO 110 or Human Biology
BIO 122 or Environmental Sciences
PHE 240 or Nutrition for Weight Management
PHY 105 or Geology
PHY 111 or Introduction to Physical Science
PHY 125 or Introduction to Physical Geology
PHY 130  Astronomy
Elective BTC/CPT 103 Microcomputer Applications 3
COL 101  College Success Seminar 1
Core Course Requirements (25-27 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 206 Introduction to Juvenile Justice Service Systems 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
CRJ 265 Internship I 1-3
CRJ 298 Criminal Justice Capstone 1
ENG 102**or English Composition II 3
ENG 115** Technical Writing
Law Enforcement Option - Choose 5 Course From Below  (15 credits)
CRJ 103 Addictive Disease Concepts  3
CRJ 104 Treatment Alcohol & Drugs  3
CRJ 110 Criminal Investigations 3
CRJ 202 Correctional Institutions 3
CRJ 211 Introduction to Victimology 3
CRJ 224 Constitutional Law  3
CRJ 230 Crisis Intervention  3
CRJ 240 Probation and Parole  3
CRJ 260 Police and Community Relations  3
Total Required Hours: 60-62 credits

* 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.

** ENG 102 and ENG 115 have ENG 101 as a prerequisite.

Benefits of the Law Enforcement A.A.S.?

Criminal Justice graduates with an A.A.S degree and on-the-job training qualify for growing career options in law enforcement, homeland security, cyber/information security, community crime prevention, or crisis response.

SCC has agreements with four-year schools in the St. Louis metro area and across Missouri so that graduates can transfer the AAS degree and finish a bachelor’s degree in these and more related fields. Students can use their internship to explore in more detail specific Criminal Justice career paths.

Occupational Outlook

Employment in the Law Enforcement Industry is projected to grow 5 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. About 59,100 openings for police and detectives are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of these job openings over the next several years will be in emerging 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 an average of $49,860 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. Employment opportunities also increase if a person is fluent in more than one language.

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, court administrator, court clerk, court reporter, criminal investigator, customs inspector, harbor, lake and waterways police, highway patrol pilot, immigration inspector, corrections officer, law clerk, narcotics investigator, police and detectives supervisor, police artist, police identification and records officer, police officer, sheriff, and warden.

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