A.A. Degree, Transfer
An option of Arts & Sciences
Catalog year 2015/2016

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.

Criminal Justice â€‹Curriculum Pathway


Mary Rolle
Program Manager

Academic Office Manager

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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://www.acaff.usmh.usmd.edu/artweb/index.html
Course Credits
EN 101–English Composition 3
Select from the GenEd course list
Recommend MA 111, MA 206, MA 207, BU/MA 205, MA 130, MA 201 or MA 210. Students should check their transfer school before choosing their course
Social & Behavioral Sciences 
Two courses selected from different disciplines ​ (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) 3/4
Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (Lab course) (GenEd course list) BI 130 recommended 4
General Education Elective
SO 102–Social Problems  or
ID 209–Ethnic Diversity
PE/Health Requirement 1/3
Departmental Requirements
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. Students transferring to the University of Maryland must complete BU/MA205.
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
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.