Programs & Courses

Criminal Justice Pathways
The Criminal Justice pathway offers students the chance to specialize in criminal justice, law enforcement, legal studies and paralegal studies. Criminal Justice focuses on the skills and administration behind criminal justice work. The Law Enforcement program enhances police academy graduates understanding and knowledge of their field. The Political Science/Legal Studies pathway provides students with knowledge of government and the legal system and prepares them to transfer to a four-year institution.

 Associate of Applied Science-Law Enforcement

Faculty Advisor: Bill Bergan Phone: 410-386-8211 Email: wbergan@carrollcc.edu This program is designed for current or former police officers who have completed a police academy approved by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission (or any state certified police academy). Admission by permission of the faculty advisor only. A maximum of 30 credits may be articulated with the approval of the Discipline Coordinator of the Criminal Justice Program. Completion of this A.A.S. Degree is also intended to enhance the promotion and supervision opportunities of an in-service police officer.

General Education Requirements

ARTS AND HUMANITIES: Choose 2 courses, 1 each from 2 different Areas. Three Areas will show as required until two Areas have been completed.  Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.
BIOLOGICAL & PHYSICAL SCIENCE: (select 1 course; FSCI-210, Forensic Science, recommended)  Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.
ENGLISH COMPOSITION: Minimum grade C required.
MATHEMATICS: (select 1 course)  Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.
SOCIAL & BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE: Choose 2 General Education Social and Behavioral Science courses from 2 different subjects (6 credits):  Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.

Law Enforcement Program Requirements

 Associate of Arts-Arts & Sciences, Criminal Justice

Faculty Advisor: Bill Bergan Phone: 410-386-8211 Email: wbergan@carrollcc.edu The Arts and Sciences-Criminal Justice transfer recommendation is intended for those students who plan to enter a highly specialized profession in which education has become an important factor for continued career advancement. The sequence is designed to enhance student understanding of the very broad field of criminal justice. The student will become acquainted with technical skills and procedures, acquire knowledge of the administration and operation of criminal justice organizations and be made aware of the numerous career opportunities in criminal justice. By consulting with an advisor and by using ARTSYS at artsys.usmd.edu, students can plan a course of study that will transfer seamlessly to a baccalaureate degree-granting institution. Those students intending to enter criminal justice careers must be aware that successful completion of a criminal justice program is not a guarantee of employment.

General Education Requirements

ARTS & HUMANITIES: Three Areas will show as required until two Areas have been completed.  Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.
EMERGING ISSUES: (select 1 course)  Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.
ENGLISH COMPOSITION: (Minimum C grade required.)
ENGLISH LITERATURE:
MATHEMATICS: (select 1 course)  Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.
SCIENCE: Choose 2 General Education Science courses; one must be a lab course (7-8 credits).   Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.
SOCIAL & BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE: Choose 2 General Education Social and Behavioral Science courses from 2 different subjects (6 credits).  Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.

Arts & Sciences Program Electives

***** IMPORTANT ADVISING NOTES ***** If you select more than 30 credits to fulfill General Education requirements (two 4-credit science courses and/or 4 or more credits of math), you may apply the "extra" credit toward your electives. See an advisor for clarification. This program of study is a transfer recommendation under the ARTS and SCIENCES major. Your degree, ASSOCIATE OF ARTS, will appear on your diploma. Your transcript will say ASSOCIATE of ARTS in ARTS and SCIENCES. This transfer recommendation is offered for students who have not selected a transfer destination. You may take any 29 elective credits to meet Carroll graduation requirements. Consult ARTSYS, Carroll advisers, and the receiving college catalog to select courses that will transfer toward your bachelor's degree. Most bachelor's degree institutions will accept 60 credits at transfer.

Career Strategies

Criminal Justice Strategies

  • Obtain experience by volunteering at a corrections facility or victims' program, such as a rape crisis center.
  • Talk to professionals in relevant criminal justice professions; conduct informational interviews.
  • Research multiple areas of criminal justice, including fraud, cyber security etc.
  • Volunteer for non-profit organizations that serve a wide range of people.
  • Study a second language for increased marketability.
  • Become a student member of professional associations.

General Strategies

  • Treat school like a job: attend, be on time, complete assignments, etc.
  • Attend programs and activities sponsored by the Social Sciences Area of Study and related Areas of Study.
  • Secure strong faculty recommendations; consider finding a mentor in your career area of interest.
  • Consider on-campus employment as a means to build your skills and your network of contacts.
  • Participate in leadership programs like the Leadership Challenge, Advanced Leadership Challenge or special leadership events and workshops on campus.
  • Attend the Career Development Center's workshops on resume, social media and branding.
  • Develop your resume and online presence via LinkedIn, Facebook, Weebly, etc.
  • Seek experience through part-time, summer or internship positions in an environment related to your program of study.
  • Actively participate in student organizations to develop leadership skills.  Learn to work well within in a team.
  • Conduct informational interviews and job shadow with professionals in fields of interest to learn more about opportunities.
  • Cultivate multicultural exposure by participating in campus diversity events.
  • Participate in service-learning events through classes or one-day volunteer programs (e.g. Cold Weather Shelter, Westminster Clean-up, Fairhaven, etc.).
  • Take classes in communication and public speaking (e.g. Introduction to Speech Communication SPCH-101Advanced Public Speaking SPCH-201, etc.).
  • Become a team leader for New Student Orientation.
  • Look into joining the Phi Theta Kappa, International Honor Society.

 

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