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Contact: Robin Shusko, Program Manager
301.846.2673

1Apply

Use the Online Application to apply for admission to FCC. This is the first step to enrolling in credit courses to get a degree or certificate. After you apply, you will receive a letter in the mail which contains your student ID number and your email username that will allow you to access your online myFCC account. Prior to enrolling, prospective veteran and military students should speak with an Education Services Officer (ESO) or an FCC Veteran and Military Services representative. Please call 301-624-2836 to set up an appointment. You will need this information for each step of the enrollment process.
 

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your qualifications for federal and state aid, institutional grants, work study options, and student loans.
 

Apply for scholarships through the FCC Foundation.
Visit Cost & Financial Aid for information about paying your bill and applying for financial aid.
View enrollment checklists for new students.
View all required registration forms.
 

FCC operates with open admissions by offering admittance to all students who apply to the College. Some areas of study have additional, program-level admissions requirements. Selective admissions programs include: NursingRespiratory CareSurgical Technology, and the Honors College.
 

Recognizing that not everyone arrives with the same educational background, and not everyone is ready for the same level of math and English classes, there are a few things you will need to do to help us to successfully place you academically.
 

To comply with the Maryland College and Career Readiness Act of 2013 and the Academic Placement and Assessment Procedure of FCC, the College requires that:
 

  • Upon entering the College, all new students, unless otherwise exempted, must complete all mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement tests before enrolling in developmental or credit courses.
  • Upon entering the College, all new students who are seeking a degree must file a degree plan that is developed in consultation with an academic advisor.
  • Upon reaching 24 credits, all new students must have completed developmental courses and the first college-level English and math courses required by their degree plan.


If you are seeking non-credit continuing education courses for professional development, skill building, or personal enrichment, visit Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) Registration.

2Test

All new students must complete placement tests in mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement before enrolling in developmental or credit courses. In special circumstances, the College may exempt placement test requirements for students with previous college credits, grades, or test scores that meet specific criteria.

In order to determine if you need to take placement tests you will need to submit the following documents:
  1. High school transcript and previous college transcripts
  2. College entrance exam scores from SAT and/or ACT
  3. Advanced Placement (AP) test scores and International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores


These documents will determine which placement tests you are required to take, the courses you should register for, and/or the courses you are eligible to receive credit for based on previous grades or scores.

 

FCC administers the ACCUPLACER test to ensure the appropriate placement level for all new students. Students are advised to prepare for the ACCUPLACER test as they would any other exam to confirm accurate placement by academic skill level. For more information about the ACCUPLACER and academic placement and assessment, visit the Testing Center.



To be exempt from the ACCUPLACER, you need to have earned the following scores within the past five years:

SAT Score
  • Reading: 480
  • Math: 530
ACT Score
  • English: 21
  • Reading: 21
  • Math: 21
AP Score
  • English Language & Composition: 3 or better
  • English Literature & Composition: 3 or better
  • Calculus or Statistics: 3 or better
IB Score
  • Language: A
  • Literature: SL or HL and/or Language A
  • Language & Literature: SL or HL
  • Mathematics: SL or HL and/or Further Math

3See Advisor

New credit students seeking a degree are required to consult an advisor to develop a degree plan. New students should schedule a consultation after completing the admissions and testing steps, and activating a myFCC account.

 

All new students planning to attend FCC for their first college experience will participate in the ROAR program, which includes:
 

  • an online orientation, presented by FCC students to prepare you for college
  • an on-campus meeting with an advisor to help you develop your academic plan
  • the registration lab where you'll learn how to enroll yourself into classes


Learn more and start the ROAR process here.

 

Dual enrollment and transfer students should submit official college transcripts from previous institutions to the Registration & Records Office for official transfer credit evaluation prior to meeting with an academic advisor.

 

Walk-in advising is available in the Counseling & Advising Office. You can also send a message to email advising via your myFCC email account. When you meet with an advisor, be sure to bring your photo ID and any documents that might be helpful (unofficial transcripts, test results, ACT/SAT scores).

 

For more information about academic planning and advising, see Counseling & Advising.
 

4Register

There are two ways to register for classes:

  1. Register online for credit courses using Campus Solutions
  2. Register in-person via the Welcome Center (Jefferson Hall Suite 101).

In addition to registering for classes, Campus Solutions allows you to make a payment, see your grades, obtain unofficial transcripts, print class schedules, and update your personal information.

5Pay

Your enrollment at Frederick Community College is complete when you have paid for your courses. Please take note of important payment deadlines. You can either pay in-full or sign up for the interest-free payment plan.

‭To apply for Financial Assistance, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and take advantage of federal, state, and institutional grants, work study, and student loans.

To apply for Scholarships through The FCC Foundation, Inc., click here.

For more information about paying your bill and financial aid, see Cost and Financial Aid.

6Buy Books

Textbooks are available through the FCC bookstore. Have your course schedule ready to easily find the required textbooks for your courses.

7Attend Class

Congratulations! You are enrolled and ready to begin attending classes at Frederick Community College. If you have questions or need additional guidance during your time of study, please reach out to your program manager or academic advisor. Some students may be eligible for specialized advising through the Office of Multicultural Student Services, the Services for Students with Disabilities, Veteran and Military Services, or the Office of Adult Services. Check your myFCC account and your FCC email for important alerts and announcements.

Criminal Justice Area of Concentration within the A.A. in Social Sciences The Criminal Justice Area of Concentration within the A.A. in Social Sciences introduces students to the highly specialized and sophisticated area of criminal justice. Students are acquainted with the principles underlying technical skills and procedures, administration and operation of criminal justice organizations, and psychological and sociological origins of human behavior.

Students will learn the three major components of the criminal justice system, study the U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court decisions affecting individual rights and law enforcement practices, and learn about the Maryland court system. Criminal justice professionals including police officers, judges, lawyers, and correctional officers will meet with students and bring real-world experience to the classroom.
 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests.

Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress. General Education CORE courses can often be taken in any semester. One course must be designated as a Cultural Competence course. A minimum of nine credits must be taken at the 200 level. Refer to the college catalog for course details and the list of General Education and Cultural Competence classes.

Students are strongly recommended to consult an FCC advisor to select elective courses. Students planning to transfer may also reference ARTSYS, the Maryland Articulation System.

1Recommended First Semester

1 Gen Ed Core ENGL 101 - English Composition   3 Credits
2 Gen Ed Core Mathematics Elective (Gen Ed course list)*   3/4 Credits
3 Concentration CCJS 101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice   3 Credits
4 Gen Ed Core SOCY 102 - Social Problems or SOCY 210 - Ethnic Diversity   3 Credits
5 Gen Ed Core Humanities Elective (Gen Ed course list)   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

6 Gen Ed Core COMM 103 - Public Speaking   3 Credits
7 Concentration CCJS 201 - Criminal Law   3 Credits
8 Gen Ed Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective (Gen Ed course list) (Recommend HIST 201 - History of the United States, or PSYC 101 - General Psychology, or POSC 104 - American Government)   3 Credits
9 Concentration CCJS 214 - The Correctional Process   3 Credits
10 Gen Ed Core Biological & Physical Sciences Elective w/lab (Gen Ed course list) (BIOT 130 - Forensic Biology recommended)   4 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester

11 Concentration CCJS 204 - Police Operational Services   3 Credits
12 Gen Ed Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective (Gen Ed course list) (in a different discipline from first) (Recommend HIST 201, or PSYC 101, or POSC 104)   3 Credits
13 Concentration SOCY 201 - Criminology   3 Credits
14 Gen Ed Core Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (Gen Ed course list)   3/4 Credits
15 Gen Ed Core Arts Elective (Gen Ed course list)   3 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester

16 Concentration CCJS 220 - Criminal Evidence & Procedure   3 Credits
17 PHED/ HLTH/ NUTR Physical Education, Health, or Nutrition Requirement   1/3 Credits
18 Concentration Elective**   3 Credits
19 Concentration Elective**   3 Credits
20 Concentration Elective (credits may vary; to fulfill 60 credits for degree)**   4 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Summer Only

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Available Online

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Summer Only

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Available Online

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
*Consult an advisor to choose a math course; MATH 165 Precalculus, MATH 120 Statistics, MATH 127 Statistics with Probability, MATH 125 Business Statistics (prerequisite CMIS 101, CMIS 111E or CMIS 116E), MATH 145 Foundations of Mathematics with Algebra, MATH 175 Applied Calculus, MATH 185 Calculus I suggested.


**Students should check with and advisor or the transfer institution (ARTSYS) before selecting their electives. Depending on the transfer institution, recommended electives may include: ANTH 101, ANTH 103, MATH 205, CMIS 101, CCJS 108 (spring only), CCJS 109, HIST 102, INTR 103, PHIL 205, SOCY 101, SOCY 102, SOCY 210 (spring only), SOCY 212.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the 3 major components of the criminal justice system.
  • Describe the methods of gathering crime data.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the United State Constitution and Supreme Court decisions affecting individual rights and law enforcement practices.
  • Explain the history of the criminal justice system in the United States.
  • Explain the Maryland court system.

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway
2019-2020 Course Rotation

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

2015-2017 Curriculum Pathway

Available Scholarships for this Program:
  • Michael D. Boyd Scholarship
  • The McCauley Group and J. Scott & Debra McCauley Endowment Fund
  • W. Allen Yingling, Jr. Memorial Endowment Scholarship Fund
A drug screening and/or criminal background check is often required to obtain and maintain employment in this career field. Individuals whose criminal histories may interfere with their ability to secure employment should discuss any questions with FCC faculty.
 
Internship Program
Internships help students integrate what is taught in school with what is required in the workplace. Students take internships to develop knowledge and skills valued by employers. At FCC, students in certain programs are eligible to receive credit for internships.

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* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Corrections Certificate The Corrections Certificate program 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.

Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Students who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their certificate. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress.

1Recommended First Semester

1 Departmental Requirement CCJS 101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice   3 Credits
2 Departmental Requirement ENGL 101 - English Composition   3 Credits
3 Departmental Requirement PSYC 101 - General Psychology   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

4 Departmental Requirement CCJS 201 - Criminal Law   3 Credits
5 Departmental Requirement PHED 154 - Fitness for Living   3 Credits
6 SOCY 102 - Social Problems   3 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester

7 Departmental Requirement CCJS 214 - The Correctional Process   3 Credits
8 Departmental Requirement PSYC 104 - Issues of Drug/Alcohol Abuse   3 Credits
9 Departmental Requirement SOCY 201 - Criminology   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Summer Only

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Available Online

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Summer Only

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Available Online

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Explain the correctional system at the local, state, and federal levels and how they function and interact.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history of corrections in the United States.
  • Explain how an offender passes through and is dealt with by the judicial system after being charged with criminal acts.
  • Identify the treatment programs offered in the local, state, and federal levels of corrections.
  • Explain the function of parole, probation and mandatory release.
  • Explain the process of the death penalty in the United States.

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway
2019-2020 Course Rotation

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

A drug screening and/or criminal background check is often required to obtain and maintain employment in this career field. Individuals whose criminal histories may interfere with their ability to secure employment should discuss any questions with FCC faculty.
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.
Students can transfer the equivalent of 60 credits to any four-year institution in Maryland. To find more information about how credits will transfer from Frederick Community College to a state four-year institution visit ARTSYS or consult a College advisor.

Compare Transfer Options

Criminal Justice Transfer Pathway 2019-2020
Previous Criminal Justice Transfer Pathway 2018-2019

Frederick Community College has articulation agreements with the following institutions, allowing students a seamless transfer experience. Students who plan to transfer should speak with an advisor or program manager from their chosen transfer institution before selecting elective courses.

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Police and Detectives
$63,380.00/yr • +7%*
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Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
$53,020.00/yr • +6%*
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Private Detectives and Investigators
$50,090.00/yr • +11%*
*Median pay, projected job growth or decline from 2016-2026. Data source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018 Edition.
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