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2022-2023 Chesapeake College Catalog 
2022-2023 Chesapeake College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice A.A.S. Degree (602)

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This program of study meets all the General Education Requirements at Chesapeake College.

Award: Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Mission: The Chesapeake College Criminal Justice Degree prepares students for entry or advancement in the field of criminal justice. Qualified students may transfer to a variety of four year institutions for a bachelor’s degree program.

Program Description: Criminal Justice program provides a broad foundation that will help prepare the student for entry-level employment or advancement in the field of criminal justice. The program is designed to prepare and/or upgrade students in areas such as: criminal justice, techniques of criminal investigation, principles of criminal law, law enforcement administration, corrections, criminology and fieldwork. In addition to criminal justice courses, students will also take courses in related areas and in general education. Note: Completion of this program is not a prerequisite for entry into a police academy nor does it provide complete entry-level training for work as a local or state police officer. Students should consult with the College’s Admissions Office or an academic advisor in planning an appropriate program.

Program Goals: The Criminal Justice program will:

  • Facilitate proficiency in content, knowledge and skills for the College’s general education competencies.
  • Emphasize criminal justice content, professional knowledge and ethical responsibility. 
  • Prepare students for successful careers in criminal justice or for further study in the field.

Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Implement terminology used in the criminal justice system.
  • Use an ethical framework adn an understanding of legal constraints to make decisions as a criminal justice professional.
  • Identify various types of crimes, their defenses and the various methods of investigation.
  • Apply critical thinking skills and logic to analyze and solve a variety of complex problems in the criminal justice environment.
  • Differentiate the roles of the various individuals within the criminal justice system and how an individual moves through the system.

Contact Person: criminaljustice@chesapeake.edu​


For additional educational opportunities related to this field, see the Bachelor’s degree programs offered through the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center.  For more information, contact the Executive Director for the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center at: 410-827-5761.

Program Requirements

[Courses Appear in Recommended Sequence.]

Spring Semester II

Minimum Required Credits: 60

Computer Science Technology Electives

Can be satisfied by any course with a CST prefix.

BIO/Natural Sciences (G.Ed.) Electives

Can be satisfied by any of the following courses (not otherwise included as a program requirement):

Mathematics (G.Ed.) Electives

Can be satisfied by any of the following courses (not otherwise included as a program requirement):


♦ Must be taken within the first 12 hours unless exempted by meeting established standards.  Students must retake FSC 101 if it has not been taken in the last five years.


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