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Justice

Description:

The Justice program provides the education, knowledge, and skills needed to protect the public and work within the law enforcement and criminal justice systems. A sequence of courses is offered to help students 1) establish a knowledge base about Justice, 2) develop a set of professional values and 3) improve skills related to professional activity.

Upon completion of the program, persons already working in a justice setting will substantially enhance their knowledge, values and skills. Students will also be prepared to transfer to a four-year institution or to enter a justice setting at an entry 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), that are required for all students, students are required to select five Justice electives. The Justice electives are organized in four different career clusters. The courses in each career cluster focus on the knowledge and skills that are typically associated with a certain justice-related career within the broader field of criminal justice. Students are not required to choose courses from one specific career cluster, but they should select courses that meet their own academic, professional or personal interests.

The Police career cluster 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 career cluster provides students with a strong foundation in the correctional process. It provides them with the knowledge to work successfully 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 career cluster provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to manage cases from a defendant's conviction to his/her completion of probation or parole in both the juvenile and adult systems. Finally, the Corporate/Homeland Security career cluster 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 Officers and Correctional Officers:

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.  Graduates of the Philadelphia Correctional Training Center may be eligible to receive credit for Justice 235 and BHHS 241.

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  
Career cluster course - select one from the lists below JUS 101 (except for BHHS 121) 3  
Career cluster course - select one from the lists 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

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

Fourth Semester

Career cluster course - select one from the lists below JUS 101 (except for BHHS 121) 3  
Social Science Elective1   3  
General Elective1   3  
General Elective1   3  
Humanities Elective   3 Humanities

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate: 60

Career Cluster 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.

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.