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Justice

The Justice curriculum provides the education, knowledge and skills needed to fight crime, protect the public and work within the court and corrections systems. A sequence of courses is offered to accomplish the following objectives: (1) establish a knowledge base about Justice, (2) transmit a set of professional values and (3) facilitate the development of skills related to professional activity. Whether the setting is a police, parole, probation, corrections, corporate or homeland security agency, the curriculum starts with the assumption that the need for knowledge, values and skills is critical for the performance of professional activity.

An anticipated outcome is that persons already working in a justice setting will substantially enhance their knowledge, values and skills. Another anticipated outcome of the Justice curriculum is that students will be prepared to transfer to a four-year institution or enter a justice setting at a beginning professional level.

Students completing the Justice program will be prepared to work as state or municipal police officers/troopers, state or municipal corrections officers, parole and probation officers, private security managers, private investigators, homeland security investigators/screeners and youth detention counselors.

In addition to four core Justice courses (JUS 101, JUS 171, JUS 241 and JUS 291), the curriculum offers four concentrations. Students are required to select five concentration courses. Each concentration is career oriented, focuses on a different area in the Justice field and is designed to enable students to pursue their own professional interests. It is recommended that students select their concentration and the courses within it in consultation with a Justice faculty advisor. The Police concentration is designed for students interested in the law enforcement profession. It provides them with the skills and knowledge needed to respond to and protect a crime scene, retrieve and analyze evidence, and maintain and protect the chain of evidence throughout the entire prosecution process. The Corrections concentration provides students with a strong foundation in the correctional process. It provides them with the knowledge to safely and successfully work within the American correctional system from the moment a defendant is convicted through his/her incarceration period and subsequent reintegration into society. The Parole/Probation concentration provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to manage cases from a defendant's conviction to his/her completion of probation or parole. Finally, the Corporate/Homeland Security concentration provides students with a broad foundation in key aspects of the corporate environment such as asset protection, homeland security and the investigation of corporate crimes.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed as professionals in the Justice field.
  • Articulate the role and importance of law and evidence in formalized legal proceedings, and apply these concepts to worksites.
  • Explain the intricate interrelationships of the police, courts and the correctional process in the field of criminal justice.
  • Work with troubled youth and apply contemporary techniques used in the investigation and apprehension of the juvenile offender.

Program Entry Requirements:
All students interested in the Justice field may enroll in this curriculum. Those identified as needing developmental coursework must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as part of their degree program.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:
To qualify for the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Justice, the student must complete a minimum of 60 prescribed credit hours and attain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average).

Philadelphia Police Academy Program:
Persons who have graduated from the Philadelphia Police Academy may be eligible to receive academic credit for Justice 101, Justice 151, Justice 221, Justice 241 and Justice 261. The award of academic credit is contingent upon recommendation of the curriculum coordinator.

Justice Course Sequence

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.

First Semester

JUS 101 - Survey of Justice   3  
JUS 171 - Juvenile Justice   3 Social Sciences
ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3 ENGL 101
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology   3 Writing Intensive, Interpretive Studies, Am/Global Diversity
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology   3 Tech Comp

Second Semester

PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology   3  
JUS 241 - Criminal Law JUS 101 or PLS 101 3  
Concentration course - select one from the list below JUS 101 (except for BHHS 121) 3  
Concentration course - select one from the list below JUS 101 (except for BHHS 121) 3  
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 ENGL 102, Info Lit

Third Semester

Concentration course - select one from the list below JUS 101 (except for BHHS 121) 3  
Concentration course - select one from the list below JUS 101 (except for BHHS 121) 3  
JUS 291 - Contemporary Issues in Justice JUS 101, 171 and 241 3  
MATH 118 - Intermediate Algebra (or higher)   3 Mathematics
Natural Science   3/4 Natural Science

Fourth Semester

Concentration course - select one from the list below JUS 101 (except for BHHS 121) 3  
Directed Elective1   3  
Directed Elective1   3  
Directed Elective1   3  
Humanities Elective   3 Humanities

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate: 60

Concentration Course - Select courses from the following clusters according to career goal. All concentration courses except BHHS 121 have JUS 101 as a prerequisite.

Police:
JUS 121 - Legal Issues in Justice and Human Services
JUS 151 - Police Operations
JUS 181 - Community Relations
JUS 201 - Introduction to Terrorism
JUS 221 - Criminal Investigation
JUS 251 - Comparative Police Systems
JUS 261 - Criminal Evidence and Procedure
JUS 281 - Organized Crime

Corrections:
JUS 121 - Legal Issues in Justice and Human Services
JUS 221 - Criminal Investigation
JUS 235 - American Correctional Institutions
JUS 237 - Community-Based Corrections
JUS 281 - Organized Crime
BHHS 121 - Foundations of Addiction Studies

Parole/Probation:
JUS 121 - Legal Issues in Justice and Human Services
JUS 181 - Community Relations
JUS 221 - Criminal Investigation
JUS 237 - Community-Based Corrections
JUS 281 - Organized Crime
BHHS 121 - Foundations of Addiction Studies

Corporate/ Homeland Security:
JUS 105 - Introduction to Corporate and Homeland Security*
JUS 181 - Community Relations
JUS 201 - Introduction to Terrorism
JUS 221 - Criminal Investigation
JUS 261 - Criminal Evidence and Procedure
JUS 281 - Organized Crime

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate: 60

General Education Requirements
All General Education requirements are met through required courses (as indicated above). View the courses that fulfill all degree requirements and receive a more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements to help in your selection.

1 Students planning to transfer are strongly advised to take SOC 215 - Criminology as one of their electives, because of its emphasis on theory.

* All students in the Corporate/Homeland Security Concentration must take JUS 105 - Introduction to Corporate and Homeland Security as one of their concentration courses.

For More Information Contact:
The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.