The Criminal Justice Associate Degree program at Vista College provides the solid educational foundation you need to get started as a Criminal Justice professional. You can earn your AAS Degree in Criminal Justice online or by attending classes during the day or evening at one of our campuses in Texas.
Earning your AAS Degree in Criminal Justice from Vista College will lay the groundwork for you to look for employment in the criminal justice field. Whether you want to work for a public or private organization, criminal justice professionals work in many industries and fill a wide variety of positions, such as private investigators, insurance investigators, youth counselors, social workers, security officers, and lawyers.
You’ll Learn How To:
- Understand criminal thinking
- Interpret criminal evidence
- Make sense of criminal behavior
- Apply basic criminal law
|Course #||Course Title||Credits|
|CJ100||Introduction to Criminal Justice||8|
|CJ101||Fundamentals of Criminal Law||8|
|CJ102||Courts and Criminal Procedures||8|
|CJ106||Organized Crime *||8|
|CJ107||Police System and Practices||8|
|CJ208||Crime and Criminals *||8|
|CJ209||Criminal Investigation *||8|
|CJ210||Criminal Behavior *||8|
|GE201||Introduction to College Mathematics||9|
|GE202||Introduction to Computer Science||4.5|
|GE203||Introduction to Psychology||4.5|
|GE206||English Composition I||4.5|
|GE207||English Composition II *||4.5|
Introduction to Criminal Justice
This course provides an introduction to the criminal justice system. The primary goal of this course is to develop a general understanding of the criminal justice system’s purpose and response to crime in society. The course focuses on the history and philosophy of the American criminal justice system; the development of law enforcement, courts, correction, and the modern operations of these agencies; and, how they function together.
Fundamentals of Criminal Law
This course examines criminal law from the aspect of historical evidences and classifications of crimes and criminal responsibility. Topics include the elements of criminal offenses, principles of criminal liability, complicity, defenses, justifications, excuses, crimes against persons, crimes against property, and crimes against public order.
Courts and Criminal Procedures
This course examines the role of the judiciary in the criminal justice system in detail; the different levels and jurisdiction; the prosecution of offenders; the basic right to counsel; the concept of pretrial release; the purpose and function of the grand jury; the procedural processes of adjudication; types and purposes of sentencing; the rules of evidence; rules concerning trial procedure; the disposition of criminal cases; and the various means of structured sentencing.
This course examines the history, philosophy and components of the American corrections system. It provides an overview of the origins of correctional systems in the United States; and, examines the programs that make up the correctional system to include jails, probation, parole, intermediate punishments, and prisons.
This course is an intense examination of the ethical considerations faced by personnel in the criminal justice industry. The topics include an examination of cultural values and mores, understanding what constitutes moral and ethical behavior; and, how it all applies to the everyday decision making process.
This course is a comprehensive and balanced exploration of victimology, a controversial issue in criminology that seeks to provide a better understanding of how society and the criminal justice system treat victims as a whole. Over the past two decades, much of the data comes from statistics gathered through the FBI’s annual NIBR Report and Bureau of Justice Statistics National Crime Victimization Survey.
This course introduces the student to Organized Crime. It reviews the beginnings and evolution, both foreign and domestic, of Organized Crime groups. It will also cover the theories of organized criminal behavior, the businesses that organized crime groups participate in, how we look at terrorism as it relates to organized crime and how to control the spread of organized crime.
Police System and Practices
This course provides an introduction to the inner workings of the police department to include administration, CID, special operations teams, internal affairs, school resources, and other specialized community policing groups, with special emphasis on patrol procedures.
Crime and Criminals
This course introduces students to the study of crime and criminal behavior as well as to theories of crime causation. It reviews different types of crime and examines crime control policy.
This course provides students with instruction in the fundamentals of criminal investigation by examining the processes involved in identifying and arresting criminal suspects, identifying the types of crimes and offenses, and in preparing for court.
This course introduces the student to Criminal Behavior. It reviews the origins of criminal behavior. It will cover human aggression and violence along with juvenile delinquency as it relates to criminal behavior, criminal psychopathy and mental disorders as they relate to crime. The course will cover a broad spectrum of topics including homicide, family violence, sex crimes, multiple murders and school/workplace violence. Finally, the course will offer insight into terrorism, property and public order crimes, violent economic crimes, crimes of intimidation and how substance abuse and alcohol relate to criminal behavior.
Introduction to College Mathematics
Introduction to College Mathematics covers basic math topics such as solving for whole numbers and equations, understanding proper and improper fractions, converting decimals and figuring percentages. Other topics covered include calculating simple interest, annuities, loan amortization, checkbook reconciliation, and business statistical problems such as mean, median and mode.
Introduction to Computer Science
This course introduces various information and communications technologies and explains how information systems are used to solve problems.
Introduction to Psychology
This course includes the study of the theories and concepts of psychology including the scope of psychology, biological foundations and the brain, sensation, perception, motivation, personality, learning/memory, emotion, states of consciousness, personality theories, cognition, life-span development, and applied psychology.
English Composition I
This course introduces students to critical reading and writing, research techniques, citation and documentation formats, as well as the use of correct grammar and sentence structure to communicate effectively.
English Composition II
This course builds on the skills learned in English Composition I. It develops written communication skills with an emphasis on the use of the writing process, the analysis of readings, and the practice of writing for personal and professional applications.