Justice Studies - Criminal Justice

Learn the skills to help make the world more secure.

Berkeley College’s Bachelor’s and Associate’s degree programs in Justice Studies - Criminal Justice provide students with a comprehensive foundation in this important field. Armed with a combination of knowledge gained in the classroom and hands-on instruction from faculty with professional experience, graduates are prepared to enter a variety of careers in a wide range of organizations. Students take courses that focus on the theoretical, practical, technological, and management skills required for success in the field of criminal justice. Program-related group excursions and guest speakers from various areas of criminal justice are also an important part of the career-focused program.

Benefit from:

  • A curriculum that examines:
    • The causes of crime
    • Criminal law and procedure
    • The role of law enforcement
    • Forensic science
    • Research methods
  • Practical job preparation
  • Exciting courses in specialized areas, such as:
    • Terrorism
    • Cyber Crime
    • Global Security
    • Intelligence
    • Case Management
  • The opportunity to analyze emerging issues and focus studies in a single area such as policing or security
  • Valuable, practical experience through program-related, faculty-monitored internships or job-related assignments
  • A seamless transition between Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees

Career Paths:

At Berkeley College, our career-focused curricula are designed with job preparation in mind. Most of our majors offer specific Career Paths for students. By working with professional advisory boards, these Career Paths recommend elective courses that complement the program curricula and help develop the exact career skills that employers look for when hiring graduates or promoting employees.

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campuses throughout New York and New Jersey plus Berkeley College Online®

Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Justice Studies - Criminal Justice

Not all programs are offered for completion at each campus or through Berkeley College Online®. Information on where each program is offered is provided below. Additionally, all students may be required to take some courses at another campus or online. The Career Development and Internship courses are only offered online.

 This program is offered:
brooklyn new york city white plains newark paramus woodbridge woodland park online

A.A.S., Justice Studies - Criminal Justice 2018-2019 Course Requirements

Justice Studies - Criminal Justice
Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

 

Course Requirements

MAJOR CORE COURSES

Semester credits


3 Credit Hours

Provides an introduction to computer technology with an emphasis on applications. Students learn to use software, such as Microsoft Windows, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the major institutions of justice in society. Topics include justice in a free society, the police, courts, correctional services, the balance of individual rights and public order, law and public policy, and factors affecting the future of the justice system.

 


3 Credit Hours

Examines the nature and importance of communication within the criminal justice system. Students develop report-writing skills and an understanding of the impact report writing has on the investigation and prosecution of crime, as well as on the administration of justice.

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the methods and body of rules by which criminal law functions in a free society. Topics include the collection and handling of evidence in a crime, police procedure in regard to search and seizure, emergency police searches, vehicle searches, confessions, and arrest and interrogation procedures.

Prerequisite: JUS1100

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the study of criminal law. Students will learn about general categories of criminal law (felonies and misdemeanors) and the various defenses to criminal charges (alibi, justification, excuse, conspiracy, and legal insanity).

Prerequisite: JUS1100

 


3 Credit Hours

Students work in a position related to their course of study while at the same time completing online course requirements – including focused online discussions and special online projects – that integrate the skills and knowledge learned through their degree program.

Prerequisite: Departmental permission

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the history and traditions of American policing. Examines the role of the police in advancing justice in a democratic society. Topics include law enforcement operations and strategies, such as profiling, organizational structure, community affairs, police use of force, and various major concerns in public policy.

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the various causes of crime in a free society. This course considers factors such as free will, biology, and other possible causes, such as DNA, nutrition, hormones, and subcultures of violence.

 


6 credits

Major Electives





CAREER DEVELOPMENT CORE COURSES



3 Credit Hours

Introduces students to the fundamentals of career development and planning. Students focus on setting appropriate career goals based on self-assessment in alignment with skills and competencies. Students learn how to write a professional resume and cover letter, how to communicate effectively in multiple media, and how to develop time management skills to help them succeed both academically and professionally.

*Note: CDV2000 and CDV3000 are only offered as 7 week online courses.

 




LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCE CORE COURSES



3 Credit Hours

An introduction to expository writing through a comprehensive survey of forms of composition. Students are taught to use words with precision and strengthen their understanding and application of grammatical and rhetorical principles. Students are encouraged to appreciate and incorporate the principles of academic and professional writing.

 


3 Credit Hours

Further develops the writing, reading, and interpretive abilities introduced in ENG1105 through critical engagement with literary texts from a myriad of genres. 

Prerequisite: ENG1105

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the study of ethics and moral philosophy, including its historical development, the major figures within that history, and ethical and moral issues that face us today. This course presents the ideas of great thinkers throughout history and encourages students’ own thinking on various ethical and moral issues.

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces statistical methods and procedures. Students become acquainted with the collection, analysis, and presentation of quantitative data. Topics include basic concepts of probability, frequency distributions, binomial distributions, sampling theory, hypothesis testing, and regression and correlation.

 


3 Credit Hours

Focuses on the application of science to law. This course introduces students to the field of forensic science through a hands-on approach in its applications to criminal investigations. Students are presented with clear explanations of the techniques, abilities, and limitations of the modern crime laboratory and crime scene.

 


3 Credit Hours

Explores the psychological principles involved in coping with the challenges of moving through changes in life stages and life circumstances. Topics include stress management, communication, time management, healthy relationships, positive thinking, conflict management, and balancing home, education, and work.

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the study of sociology. Examines the social institutions that shape and influence the behavior of the individual and groups in society, with emphasis on examining contemporary social problems. Topics include the study of human social life, theories and methods of sociology, and basic sociological concepts.

 


3 Credit Hours

Students will develop the interpersonal skills known to be key ingredients for successful everyday interactions with a focus on the challenges of workplace relationships involving coworkers, supervisors, and customers/clients. Some major skill areas covered in the course include making a good impression with your employer, managing conflict with difficult coworkers, working on a team with diverse groups of people, providing exceptional service for customers/clients, and managing on-the-job stressors.

 


3 credits

Liberal Arts Elective




3 credits

FREE ELECTIVES



60 SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

Eligibility for some internships required to obtain a Berkeley College degree and employment opportunities in fields related to this program may require candidates to meet specific health requirements or pass criminal background checks prescribed by law. Applicants for whom such requirements may be matters of concern are strongly advised to contact an Admissions counselor prior to enrolling in this program. Note that law enforcement jobs typically require the candidate to be physically and mentally fit and have a valid driver's license, a clean driving record, no felony criminal record, no domestic violence charges (felony or misdemeanor), no loan/credit card defaults, and the ability to be licensed (via your agency or department) to carry a firearm. A selection process involving qualifying examination and/or supplementary training may also be required. Job requirements for non-sworn personnel in criminal justice and related agencies vary.

 




Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
Justice Studies - Criminal Justice

Not all programs are offered for completion at each campus or through Berkeley College Online®. Information on where each program is offered is provided below. Additionally, all students may be required to take some courses at another campus or online. The Career Development and Internship courses are only offered online.

 This program is offered:
brooklyn new york city white plains newark paramus woodbridge woodland park online

B.S., Justice Studies - Criminal Justice 2018-2019 Course Requirements

Justice Studies - Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)

 

Course Requirements

MAJOR CORE COURSES

Semester credits


3 Credit Hours

Provides an introduction to computer technology with an emphasis on applications. Students learn to use software, such as Microsoft Windows, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the major institutions of justice in society. Topics include justice in a free society, the police, courts, correctional services, the balance of individual rights and public order, law and public policy, and factors affecting the future of the justice system.

 


3 Credit Hours

Examines the nature and importance of communication within the criminal justice system. Students develop report-writing skills and an understanding of the impact report writing has on the investigation and prosecution of crime, as well as on the administration of justice.

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the methods and body of rules by which criminal law functions in a free society. Topics include the collection and handling of evidence in a crime, police procedure in regard to search and seizure, emergency police searches, vehicle searches, confessions, and arrest and interrogation procedures.

Prerequisite: JUS1100

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the study of criminal law. Students will learn about general categories of criminal law (felonies and misdemeanors) and the various defenses to criminal charges (alibi, justification, excuse, conspiracy, and legal insanity).

Prerequisite: JUS1100

 


3 Credit Hours

Students work in a position related to their course of study while at the same time completing online course requirements – including focused online discussions and special online projects – that integrate the skills and knowledge learned through their degree program.

Prerequisite: Departmental permission

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the history and current state of corrections, probation, and parole in the United States. Topics include the roles of corrections, probation, and parole officers; different types of jails and prisons; restorative justice; community-based correctional models; and extra-institutional supervision of convicted offenders.

Prerequisite: JUS1100

 


3 Credit Hours

Examines the process of academic research with particular attention to research designs, data collection, and sampling. This course will address the procedures and methods necessary to conduct a research study in criminal justice. Methodological problems and ethical issues will be considered in detail.

Prerequisites: JUS1100, SOC2220, MAT2215

 


3 Credit Hours

Students work in a position related to their course of study while at the same time completing online course requirements – including focused online discussions and special online projects - that integrate the skills and knowledge learned through their degree program.

Prerequisite: Departmental permission

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the history and traditions of American policing. Examines the role of the police in advancing justice in a democratic society. Topics include law enforcement operations and strategies, such as profiling, organizational structure, community affairs, police use of force, and various major concerns in public policy.

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the various causes of crime in a free society. This course considers factors such as free will, biology, and other possible causes, such as DNA, nutrition, hormones, and subcultures of violence.

 


15 credits

Justice Studies Electives*





CAREER DEVELOPMENT CORE COURSES



3 Credit Hours

Introduces students to the fundamentals of career development and planning. Students focus on setting appropriate career goals based on self-assessment in alignment with skills and competencies. Students learn how to write a professional resume and cover letter, how to communicate effectively in multiple media, and how to develop time management skills to help them succeed both academically and professionally.

*Note: CDV2000 and CDV3000 are only offered as 7 week online courses.

 


3 Credit Hours

Focuses on the job application and interview process. Students learn how to develop a field search for employment opportunities and apply for jobs in their fields of study. Students observe and critique mock interviews and learn how to negotiate salary offers.

Prerequisite: CDV2000

*Note: CDV2000 and CDV3000 are only offered as 7 week online courses.

 




LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCE CORE COURSES



3 Credit Hours

An introduction to expository writing through a comprehensive survey of forms of composition. Students are taught to use words with precision and strengthen their understanding and application of grammatical and rhetorical principles. Students are encouraged to appreciate and incorporate the principles of academic and professional writing.

 


3 Credit Hours

Further develops the writing, reading, and interpretive abilities introduced in ENG1105 through critical engagement with literary texts from a myriad of genres. 

Prerequisite: ENG1105

 


3 Credit Hours

Explores a wide variety of professional and creative writing modes, from personal profiles to blogging and beyond. Students build their reading, writing, and researching skills while reinforcing the fundamental concepts and current developments associated with the areas of their respective majors.

Prerequisite: ENG2205

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the study of ethics and moral philosophy, including its historical development, the major figures within that history, and ethical and moral issues that face us today. This course presents the ideas of great thinkers throughout history and encourages students’ own thinking on various ethical and moral issues.

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces statistical methods and procedures. Students become acquainted with the collection, analysis, and presentation of quantitative data. Topics include basic concepts of probability, frequency distributions, binomial distributions, sampling theory, hypothesis testing, and regression and correlation.

 


3 Credit Hours

Focuses on the application of science to law. This course introduces students to the field of forensic science through a hands-on approach in its applications to criminal investigations. Students are presented with clear explanations of the techniques, abilities, and limitations of the modern crime laboratory and crime scene.

 


3 Credit Hours

Explores the psychological principles involved in coping with the challenges of moving through changes in life stages and life circumstances. Topics include stress management, communication, time management, healthy relationships, positive thinking, conflict management, and balancing home, education, and work.

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the study of sociology. Examines the social institutions that shape and influence the behavior of the individual and groups in society, with emphasis on examining contemporary social problems. Topics include the study of human social life, theories and methods of sociology, and basic sociological concepts.

 


3 Credit Hours

Students will develop the interpersonal skills known to be key ingredients for successful everyday interactions with a focus on the challenges of workplace relationships involving coworkers, supervisors, and customers/clients. Some major skill areas covered in the course include making a good impression with your employer, managing conflict with difficult coworkers, working on a team with diverse groups of people, providing exceptional service for customers/clients, and managing on-the-job stressors.

 


3 credits

English Elective


3 credits

Humanities Elective


24 credits

Liberal Arts Electives**




15 credits

FREE ELECTIVES



120 SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

*Nine credits of Justice Studies Electives must be at the 3000/4000 level.
**15 credits of Liberal Arts Electives must be at the 3000/4000 level. 

Eligibility for some internships required to obtain a Berkeley College degree and employment opportunities in fields related to this program may require candidates to meet specific health requirements or pass criminal background checks prescribed by law. Applicants for whom such requirements may be matters of concern are strongly advised to contact an Admissions counselor prior to enrolling in this program. Note that law enforcement jobs typically require the candidate to be physically and mentally fit and have a valid driver's license, a clean driving record, no felony criminal record, no domestic violence charges (felony or misdemeanor), no loan/credit card defaults, and the ability to be licensed (via your agency or department) to carry a firearm. A selection process involving qualifying examination and/or supplementary training may also be required. Job requirements for non-sworn personnel in criminal justice and related agencies vary. 

 

 

 




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