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Criminal Justice Concentration, Arts and Sciences AA
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Plot your future as a Criminal Justice professional!

Through practical applications and hands-on experiences, students get a realistic view of this challenging and rewarding field.

Criminal Justice is a highly specialized profession in which education has become important for continued career advancement. The Arts and Sciences Criminal Justice Concentration at Carroll is intended for students planning to transfer to a Bachelor’s degree program in a Criminal Justice discipline.

Our dedicated faculty have worked in various roles within the criminal justice field, bringing their real-life experiences to the classroom. Through comprehensive coursework, students become acquainted with technical skills and procedures, acquire knowledge of the administration and operation of criminal justice organizations, and are made aware of the many career opportunities available. 

Why Carroll for Your AS in Criminal Justice:

  • You’ll participate in internships to obtain real-world experience.
  • You’ll learn from faculty experts in the criminal justice field.
  • Courses include engaging lecture and police scenarios. 



Criminal Justice Concentration, Arts and Sciences AA

Program Director: Bill Bergan Phone: 410-386-8211 Email: wbergan@carrollcc.edu The Arts and Sciences Criminal Justice Concentration is intended for those students who plan to transfer to a bachelor's degree program. Criminal Justice is a highly specialized profession in which education has become an important factor for continued career advancement. This program is designed to provide rigorous academic courses that transfer to bachelor's programs, valuable learning experience for students whose terminal academic goal is an Associate's degree, and academic stimulation for students seeking self-improvement. The courses introduce students to the very broad field of criminal justice by providing a realistic view of the criminal justice field. This is accomplished by practical application of what is learned in the classroom with hands on experience and measured in part by situational questions on exams. 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 career opportunities in criminal justice. By consulting with an advisor and by using ARTSYS, artweb.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. The following courses are required for this concentration; some courses fulfill General Education requirements: CRIM-101, CRIM-105, MATH-115, and 3 Spanish credits (Spanish fluency recommended).

Criminal Justice Concentration Arts & Sciences

  • The following courses are required for the Arts and Sciences, Criminal Justice, concentration; some courses have been applied to General Education requirements: CRIM-101, CRIM-105, MATH-115, and SPAN-100, -102, -201 or -202 (Spanish fluency recommended). Select additional classes according to transfer requirements.

General Education Requirements

Criminal Justice Concentration Electives

  • Take 23 elective credits: Refer to ARTSYS and the receiving institution's catalog to select transferable courses as necessary to meet the 60 credit degree requirement. Additional Spanish courses as needed to meet or exceed the Arts and Humanities requirement recommended. Internship recommended to affirm career choice.

General Education Diversity Requirement

  • Take 2 Diversity-designated General Education courses (courses used to satisfy other requirements may also satisfy this requirement):

Carroll faculty members are scholars, researchers and distinguished leaders who are selected for their academic and industry credentials as well as for their teaching abilities. 

Faculty Spotlight

William R. Bergan, Criminal Justice Program Coordinator

William Bergan has more than thirty years’ experience in the Criminal Justice field. Starting as a Juvenile Correctional Officer, he then became a Municipal Police Officer upon graduating from the Pennsylvania State Police Municipal Academy. Later he was accepted to the Maryland State Police, where he handled calls for service and worked as a detective. After retiring at the rank of Lieutenant, Bergan took a position as chief of public safety at a community college. In 2013, he joined the faculty at Carroll Community College as a full-time faculty member. His many years of experience enable him to present a realistic view of the criminal justice system in an effort to help students best decide if a career in the field is right for them.

Criminal Justice3Carroll offers an exceptional education at an extraordinary value. In addition, the transfer agreements between Carroll and many regional 4-year institutions, such as Stevenson and Towson Universities (see Career & Transfer) include scholarships, degree completion incentives and other transfer incentives.    

What does this program cost?

Carroll’s Associate of Arts in Psychology degree consists of four semesters of full-time study. You can complete your Associate degree for less than the cost of one year at a 4-year college or university.

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Transfer

By consulting with an advisor and using ARTSYS (artweb.usmd.edu), students can plan a course of study that will transfer seamlessly to a Criminal Justice program at a Bachelor’s degree-granting institution.

Career

Students have sucessfully transitioned into the following career paths—

  1. Civilian support personnel in the Criminal Justice field
  2. Law enforcement officer (upon graduating a police/federal academy)
  3. Parole, Probation Officer or Correctional Officer  
  4. Protecting our infrastructure through Homeland Security

Jobs related to the Criminal Justice field have a median annual salary of $60,482.*

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Mission Statement

The Social Science program offers courses that examine the ways in which individuals, groups, institutions or segments of societies behave, function and influence one another. We introduce students to a variety of methods to collect, analyze, interpret and apply qualitative and quantitative data as related to social phenomenon and individual behavior. A global perspective is emphasized to enable students to make responsible and informed decisions. 

Program Goals

  1. Communicate in written and oral modes to express knowledge of theories and crime issues
  2. Analyze global and community criminal justice issues by locating, organizing and evaluating resources.
  3. Apply criminology concepts that are valid, reliable and based on problem-solving situations in the criminal justice field.
  4. Apply course content to real world issues.

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