Criminal Justice

A.A. Degree, Transfer
An option of Arts & Sciences

The criminal justice option leads to a highly specialized and sophisticated profession in which education has become an important factor for placement and continued career advancement. The criminal justice student will become acquainted with the principles underlying technical skills and procedures, will acquire knowledge of the administration and operation of criminal justice organizations, and will gain insight to the psychological and sociological origins of human behavior. Upon completion of the criminal justice option, the student will be prepared to enter the job market or transfer to another institution.


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Courses Credits
EN 101–English Composition 3
Mathematics Elective (GenEd course list) 3/4
Social & Behavioral Sciences  
HI 201–History of the United States 3
PS 101–General Psychology 3
CJ 101–Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJ 110–Criminal Law 3
CJ 204–Police Operational Services 3
CJ 214–The Correctional Process 3
CJ 220–Criminal Evidence & Procedure 3
HS 102–Human Relations ‡ 3
PI 104–American Government: National 3
SO 201–Criminology 3
Arts & Humanities  
Arts Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 3
Humanities Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 3
CMSP 103–Speech Fundamentals  3
Biological & Physical Sciences  
Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (Lab course) (GenEd course list) 4
Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (GenEd course list) 3/4
Interdisciplinary & Emerging Issues  
Computer Literacy Elective  (GenEd course list) 3
Interdisciplinary Issues Elective  (GenEd course list) ‡ or  
Multicultural Issues & Perspectives Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ or  
Wellness Elective  (GenEd course list) 3
PE/Health Elective (A Wellness course will satisfy this requirement) 1/3
Other Requirements  
Electives ‡  3/6
Total 61/69

‡ All degree-seeking students must complete a Cultural Competency course in order to graduate. HS 102 fulfills this requirement.
Targets the field in criminal justice that focuses on the sentencing and treatment of offenders after they have been convicted of crimes. The certificate is designed to prepare students for employment in the corrections field, including state and federal prisons and county detention centers. The certificate program is also designed to help corrections officers improve their work-related skills and advance within their chosen careers.

Courses Credits
CJ 101–Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJ 110–Criminal Law 3
CJ 214–The Correctional Process 3
EN 101–English Composition 3
PE 154–Fitness for Living 3
PS 101–General Psychology 3
PS 104–Issues of Drug/Alcohol Use 3
SO 102–Social Problems 3
SO 201–Criminology 3
Total 27

The criminal justice field offers many exciting and rewarding career opportunities.  While people may associate criminal justice with traditional law enforcement jobs, such as local police forces, the field also offers career options in agencies that oversee parole and probation, corrections, and juvenile justice at the local, state and national levels. Each career path allows those to serve opportunities to have a direct and positive impact on individuals’ lives and on society as a whole.

FCC’s Criminal Justice program can help you identify the best path—police or detective work, governmental agency, parole or corrections—to allow you to utilize your skills and pursue your interests. 

Small classes of 15-30 students meet with criminal justice professionals—police officers, judges, lawyers and correctional officers— who bring real-world experience to the classroom. Students visit the local detention center and courts to talk directly with professionals in the field.

Criminal justice workers must possess the ability to:
  • think quickly in sometimes volatile situations,
  • solve problems with patience and creativity, 
  • communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing, and 
  • adapt to all types of situations.

In addition to developing these skills, students in FCC’s Criminal Justice program learn:
  • principles underlying technical skills and procedures involved in law enforcement,
  • technical skills and procedures, including rules of arrest and criminal law,
  • knowledge of the administration and operation of criminal justice organizations, and
  • insight into psychological and sociological origins of human behavior.

Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice

Students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the 3 major components of the Criminal Justice System.
  2. Describe the methods of gathering data of crime.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the United State constitution and Supreme Court decisions affecting individual rights and law enforcement practices.
  4. Explain the history of the Criminal Justice System in the United States.
  5. Explain the Maryland Court System.

Certificate Corrections

Students will be able to:
  1. Explain the Correctional system at the local, state, and federal levels and how they function and interact.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the history of Corrections in the United States.
  3. Explain how an offender passes through and is dealt with by the judicial  system after being charged with criminal acts.
  4. Identify the treatment programs offered in the local, state, and federal levels of corrections.
  5. Explain the function of parole, probation and mandatory release.
  6. Explain the process of the Death Penalty in the United States.
FCC provides a tuition payment plan for students who wish to spread payment over several months.  Scholarship and loan assistance is available for eligible students. In addition to general scholarships and loans, the following scholarships are available to Criminal Justice students:
  • Michael D. Boyd Scholarship
  • The McCauley Group and J. Scott & Debra McCauley Endowment Fund
  • W. Allen Yingling, Jr. Memorial Endowment Scholarship Fund
For complete scholarship information, contact the Financial Aid office.
The Career & Transfer Center has a variety of print and electronic resources available to help with transfer planning. ARTSYS, a computerized articulation system created especially to help community college students transfer to Maryland four-year institutions is available, as well as College Source and College Board. College Source also allows students to view college catalogs from across the nation.