Oct 22, 2020
Associate of Applied Science | CRJU.AAS | Career Program
Visit Bladen Hall, Room 208F or call 301-546-0553 for your faculty advisor
The field of criminal justice encompasses law enforcement, investigations, court and administrative services, corrections, private security, and juvenile justice. Each area requires individuals who can speak and write well, and who can work well with colleagues and the community. The individuals need to be skilled in management, investigative techniques, analysis of data, and critical thinking. This degree prepares students to directly enter the workforce, and also satisfies most of the requirements for transfer to four-year institutions. Prince George’s Community College has a partnership with the Prince George’s County Police Department. Graduates who complete their training at the county’s Police Academy may receive up to eighteen college credits toward their associate degree when they enroll at the college.
Graduates of the Criminal Justice A.A.S. will be able to:
- Categorize the history of the criminal justice, courts, and corrections systems in the United States
- Analyze the United States criminal justice system, criminal laws, and the rules of evidence
- Apply basic theories of police operations and community-oriented policing
- Apply the critical thinking skills needed for appropriate ethical decision-making in law enforcement-related fields
- Discuss the appropriate skills needed in communication, observation, investigation, evaluation and personal safety in law enforcement situations
- Analyze appropriate professional standards, ethics, and leadership skills
General Education Courses
The list of general education courses appears in the General Education List . Some programs recommend or require specific courses to fulfill general education requirements. Please check your program’s sequence of study for this information.
Choose one of the following:
Take two credits of elective
Program Electives - choose one of the following:
Sequence of Study - Criminal Justice A.A.S.
Below are the required courses for your program arranged in a suggested sequence. Please note that the sequence does not include developmental coursework. See Academic Preparation for the developmental course sequence if applicable to you.
Program Total: 60 Credits
Asterisk (*) denotes a general education course.
Double asterisk (**) denotes a course that is an institutional requirement.
Triple asterisk (***) denotes a course that satisfies the culminating experience requirement for A.A.S. programs.
Credit earned at any public institution in the state shall be transferable to any other institution if the:
- Credit is from a college or university parallel course or program;
- Grades in the block of courses transferred average 2.00 or higher; and
- Acceptance of the credit is consistent with the policies of the receiving institution governing students following the same program. Refer to ARTSYS at artweb.usmd.edu and the receiving institution’s catalog to select transferable courses.