Arapahoe Community College

2016-2017 Catalog

Criminal Justice AAS

Associate of Applied Science Degree

CIP 430103 (CRJ2)

The Criminal Justice A.A.S. Degree is designed for students seeking a career in Criminal Justice. Whether you want to become an emergency dispatcher, a victim/witness assistant, lawyer, probation/parole officer or a law enforcement officer, this program is a great place to start. The curriculum is strong, diverse and provides an excellent opportunity to see the criminal justice system as it actually functions, not how
televisions portrays it.

Students transferring to a four-year College or university should select their elective courses only after consulting with the program Advisor to facilitate the transferability of coursework. For more information please contact the Criminal Justice Department at 303.797.5980.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to Arapahoe Community College
  • Students should have the ability to produce work above the developmental level to be successful in this program. This means students must have CCPT equivalent placement scores (or ACCUPLACER writing scores of 95+ in the last 5 years, or equivalent ACT/SAT scores, or appropriate college level courses)

Program Requirements

General Education Courses

(15 credit hours)

COM 115

Public Speaking OR


COM 125

Interpersonal Communication OR


COM 225

Organizational Communication


ENG 121

English Composition I (GT-CO1)


ENG 122

English Composition II (GT-CO1)


PSY 101

General Psychology I (GT-SS3) OR


PSY 102

General Psychology II (GT-SS3)




Choose three credits of electives from:


CIS 118, ENG 131, SOC 101, SOC 102, SPA 111, SPA 112, or any other Foreign Language (FOL) course numbered 111, 112, 211, or 212


Major Courses

(27 credit hours)

CRJ 110

Introduction to Criminal Justice


CRJ 125

Policing Systems


CRJ 135

Judicial Function


CRJ 145

Correctional Process


CRJ 205

Principles in Criminal Law


CRJ 209

Criminal Investigation I


CRJ 257



CRJ 230



CRJ 236

CRJ Research Methods


Restricted Courses

(18 credit hours)

All students must select electives from courses with the prefixes of: ACC, CIS, CRJ, CSC, EMS, LEA, PAR, PSY, SOC, SPA or any other General Education Guaranteed Transfer course.


60 credit hours

Graduation Requirements

  • To graduate, students must apply for graduation and complete the graduation survey (available via myACC). (form available at
  • After applying for graduation, all correspondence to a student about the status of their program conferral will be sent to their student email address only.
  • As a graduate of a Career and Technical Education program you will be contacted by an ACC employee in approximately six months to verify your employment information. This information gathering is a federal requirement to ensure that ACC receives certain federal funding.

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