Catalog Year 2017/2018
 

Area of Concentration within the Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Social Sciences

Introduces students to the highly specialized and sophisticated area of criminal justice by acquainting students with the principles underlying technical skills and procedures, administration and operation of criminal justice organizations and psychological and sociological origins of human behavior.
 

 

Contact

Nicole Welch
Academic Office Manager
301.846.2507
Office: H-225

Mary Rolle
Program Manager and Faculty
301-624-2639
Office: H-238

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  • Students must complete their credit English and Mathematics within the first 24 credits.
  • One general education course must meet the cultural competence graduation requirement
  • CORE: The General Education CORE is that foundation of the higher education curriculum providing a coherent intellectual experience for all students. Students should check with an advisor or the transfer institution (ARTSYS) before selecting General Education CORE requirements. http://artsys.usmd.edu/
  • In some General Education categories (Mathematics, Biological & Physical Sciences), a 4-credit course selected from the GenEd course list will satisfy the requirement in place of a 3-credit course. Students should check with an advisor before selecting these courses.
  • For the PE/Health requirement, a 3-credit Physical Education or Health course may satisfy the requirement in place of a 1-credit course. Students should check with an advisor before selecting this course.
  • Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in EN 101.
  • Students must complete a minimum of nine credits at the 200-level.
Course Credits
English
 
EN 101–English Composition 3
Mathematics
 
Select from the GenEd course list
Students transferring to University of Maryland must complete MA 206, MA 207, MA 201, or MA 210 to fulfill Gen Ed Math. In addition, it is also strongly recommended they complete BU/MA 205 as one of their electives below.*
3
Social & Behavioral Sciences 
 
Two courses selected from different disciplines ‚Äč (Select from the GenEd course list) (recommend HI 201, PS 101 or PI 104) 6
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 (GenEd course list) 3
Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (Lab course) (GenEd course list) BI 130 recommended 4
General Education Elective
 
SO 102–Social Problems (satisfies cultural competence requirement)  or
ID 210–Ethnic Diversity (satisfies cultural competence requirement)
3
PE/Health Requirement 1
Concentration Courses
 
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
SO 201–Criminology 3
Electives  10
Students should check with an advisor or the transfer institution (ARTSYS) before selecting their electives. Depending on the transfer institution, recommended electives may include: AN101, AN103, BU/MA205, CJ108, CJ209, HS102, ID209, PH205-PH209, PS209, SO101, SO102, SO202, CIS101, INTR103. *CIS 101 must be taken prior to enrolling in BU/MA 205.
 
Total 60
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.

 
Course Credits
Departmental Requirements
 
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
 

FCC has articulation agreements with the following institutions for students graduating with an A.A. in Criminal Justice and who are looking for transfer opportunities. For more information, contact the Counseling & Advising Office at 301.846.2471 or the Program Manager of the Criminal Justice program.

  • Frostburg University – B.T.P.S. Criminal Justice
  • University of Maryland College Park at Shady Grove – B.A. Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • University of Maryland University College – B.S. Criminal Justice
  • University of Maryland University College – B.S. Investigative Forensics
  • University of Maryland University College – B.S. Political Science
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.
Area of Concentration within the Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Social Sciences

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.