Program Code: AASCG
ASSOCIATE IN APPLIED ARTS AND SCIENCE
Students completing the degree in Criminal Justice Generalist possess the education and training to pursue careers as criminal justice professionals in an array of career choices including, but not limited to law enforcement, corrections, homeland security and human services. In addition, students who follow the MTA statewide college entrance path are also eligible for acceptance into senior institutions to further their studies where they may receive Bachelor Degrees, enhancing their opportunity for employment in areas including human service investigations, state and federal law enforcement investigative positions, probation officer positions and parole officer positions.
Those studying in the Criminal Justice Generalist Program may take elective classes in Criminal Justice Corrections, Criminal Justice Law Enforcement, Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Generalist, allowing the students to receive Skill Sets in their desired fields of study. Students completing the AASCG degree are also eligible to apply for entry into state run training academies for law enforcement and corrections positions, preparing the graduates for immediate employment in either law enforcement or correction fields.
Students should be aware that employment in the criminal justice field and entrance to the various forms of training academies require an extensive background investigation and certain criminal convictions could prevent acceptance into these fields. Persons with either felony or misdemeanor criminal convictions should check with potential employers to determine employment restrictions.
When students complete this program, they will be able to:
- identify and describe the functions and processes of law enforcement agencies in the United States, including those at the local, state and federal levels
- identify and describe the functions and processes of the courts and corrections systems in the United States, including those at the state and federal levels
- identify and describe the different types of facilities and equipment used in local, state, and federal law enforcement careers as well as the correctional professions
- demonstrate the ability to write professional reports associated with the various criminal justice careers
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the various theories of crime causation, and the impact of delinquency throughout one’s life
- identify the requirements, processes, and challenges of entering careers in the criminal justice field.