Criminal Justice, Associate in Applied Science

Criminal Justice, Associate in Applied Science

Florissant Valley, Forest Park, Meramec, and Online

The Criminal Justice Associate in Applied Science prepares students for entry-level employment in the criminal justice system, lays the groundwork for students transferring to a four-year university to pursue a bachelor’s degree, or can assist those currently employed in entry-level jobs with career advancement. The program introduces students to the criminal justice system and its interrelated components: law enforcement, courts, and corrections. Students will develop a critical understanding of the historical and contemporary realities of the American criminal justice system and the application of criminal law.

Cost of Attendance.  For more information on cost of attendance visit MoSCORES

Program Career and Salary Information.  Pursuant to Missouri HB 1606 (2018), information regarding the number of credit hours, program length, employment rate, wage data, and graduates employed in careers related to their program of study at St. Louis Community College can be found at the following URL: https://scorecard.mo.gov/scorecard/. Search using School / Program “St. Louis Community College” and choose the degree or credential type of interest. 

The following limitations to the data apply: Information provided is based on the most recent cohorts available. Typically, most recent cohorts for wage and completion data are six years prior to the current academic year. Time to complete a program of study varies depending on the number of credit hours students earn per semester.

Interested in this program? Start the enrollment process by visiting the Apply to STLCC page.   

At the completion of the program, students are expected to:

  1. identify the three major components of the criminal justice system and their functions.\\n
  2. identify the constraints imposed by, and the rights guaranteed by, the U.S. Constitution as they apply to work in the criminal justice field.
  3. distinguish between the adult and juvenile systems including procedural differences and the distinct and overlapping roles of each.
  4. analyze the nature of crime and criminal behavior and its impact on policy directed at public safety.
  5. demonstrate effective questioning or interviewing practices with witnesses, those accused of crimes, or those under correctional control.
  6. produce clearly written documentation in the performance of duties as criminal justice professionals.
  7. articulate the influence of historical and contemporary social and legal contexts on the criminal justice system specific to diversity and inequality.
  8. explain criminology and the major theories of crime.

Missouri Civics Examination.  Students entering college for the very first time in fall 2019 and who intend to complete an associate’s degree must successfully complete a civics examination. Information on who is eligible for a waiver can be found on our website: https://stlcc.edu/programs-academics/missouri-civics-exam.aspx.  

Program of Study

General Education
ENG 101College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3
ENG 102College Composition II (MOTR ENGL 200)3
COM 101Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)3
XXX xxxSocial & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement3
PHL 104Ethics (MOTR PHIL 102)3
MTH xxxMathematics 100 level or above3
XXX xxxCORE 42 Natural Science Elective3
XXX xxxCORE 42 Social Science (PSY or SOC)6
Program Requirements
IS 116Computer Literacy3-4
or IS 151 Computer Applications in Business
CRJ 101American Correctional System3
CRJ 129Introduction to Law Enforcement3
CRJ 122Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CRJ 123Juvenile Justice3
CRJ 124Criminal Law and Procedures3
CRJ 206Diversity and Criminal Justice3
or SOC 203 Crime and Society
CRJ 212Criminal Investigation3
Electives
Select 9 credit hours from the following:9
Rules of Criminal Evidence
or Any CRJ course that is not a program requirement
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (MOTR ANTH 201)
Introduction to American Politics (MOTR POSC 101)
Report Writing (MOTR ENGL 110)
Interpersonal Communication (MOTR COMM 120)
Public Speaking (MOTR COMM 110)
Mental Health First Aid
First Aid
Total Credit Hours60-61

Missouri Civics Examination.  Students entering college for the very first time in fall 2019 and who intend to complete an associate’s degree must successfully complete a civics examination. Information on who is eligible for a waiver can be found on our website: https://stlcc.edu/programs-academics/missouri-civics-exam.aspx.  

PLEASE NOTE:  If you originally enrolled at STLCC prior to Fall 2022, you may need to view an archived catalog for your correct program requirements.  Please speak with an advisor or the program coordinator for more information.

New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
CRJ 122 Introduction to Criminal Justice3Reading Proficiency
CRJ 101 American Correctional System3Reading Proficiency
CRJ 123 Juvenile Justice3Reading Proficiency
ENG 101 College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3Placement score or ENG 030 or ENG 070 with a grade of "C" or better or recommendation of department and Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 079
Social & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement3  
Credit Hours15
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
CRJ 129 Introduction to Law Enforcement3Reading Proficiency
CRJ 124 Criminal Law and Procedures3Reading Proficiency
PHL 104 Ethics (MOTR PHIL 102)3Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 079
CRJ 206 Management of Human Conflicts
or Crime and Society
3Reading Proficiency
COM 101 Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)3Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in ENG 070
Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ENG 102 College Composition II (MOTR ENGL 200)3ENG 101 with a grade of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency
Mathematics Elective 3100 level or above
IS 116 Computer Literacy
or Computer Applications in Business
3-4Reading Proficiency
Social Sciences Electives with MOTR designation6 SOC or PSY
Credit Hours15-16
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
Natural Sciences Elective with MOTR designation3 Apply for graduation
CRJ 212 Criminal Investigation3Reading Proficiency
Criminal Justice Elective3 See catalog or web page for a full list of approved electives
Criminal Justice Elective3 See catalog or web page for a full list of approved electives
Criminal Justice Elective3 See catalog or web page for a full list of approved electives
Credit Hours15
Total Credit Hours60-61