• Criminal Justice Administration


  • Catalog Year 2017-2018

    Courses provide students with knowledge about the nature and causes of crime and delinquency, law and the legal system in American society and the decision-making processes of criminal justice agencies. A criminal justice major is broadly educated and also provided with courses that directly apply to careers in law and the justice system.

    Curricular Outcomes

    At the completion of this curriculum, students should be able to:

    • Explain how the criminal justice system functions, as well as how it fits into the overall U.S. society
    • Compare and contrast the various theories of why people offend
    • Compare and contrast the structure and function of the federal and state court system
    • Compare and contrast the various goals of punishment
    • Explain the value of prison treatment programs as well as community corrections

    The following plan of classes is a general guide to prepare students to pursue a degree in criminal justice administration at a college or university. To prepare for such a degree and at the same time meet MHCC degree requirements, follow one of the transfer degree options in the printed catalog.

    Students receiving financial aid must be seeking a certificate or degree and following official MHCC certificate or degree requirements.

    Admission and degree requirements vary among colleges and universities. Students are advised to:

    Note: Community colleges do not award transfer degrees in a subject area, but do award an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree, an Associate of Science Oregon Transfer - Business degree or an Associate of Science degree.

    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CJA111 Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration: Law Enforcement Agencies 3
    MTH105 Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics 5
    WR121 English Composition 4
    Humanities requirement1 3-4
    Approved elective2 3
    18-19
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CJA112 Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration: The Court System 3
    CJA201 Criminal Justice in a Diverse Society 3
    Science/Math/Computer Science requirement1 3
    Approved electives2 6
    15
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CJA113 Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration: The Corrections System 3
    CJA219 Introduction to Community Policing 3
    COMM111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 4
    GEOG107 Introduction to Cultural Geography or
    GEOG106 Introduction to World Regional Geography
    3
    Health and Physical Education requirement1 3
    16
    Fourth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CJA211 Introduction to Criminal Law: Fundamentals 3
    CJA230 Juvenile Crime and the Juvenile Justice Process 3
    CIS120 Computer Concepts I 3
    CIS120L Computer Concepts Lab I 1
    PSY201 General Psychology 4
    14
    Fifth Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CJA212 Introduction to Criminal Law: Criminal Justice Procedures 3
    CJA214 Introduction to Criminal Investigation 3
    PHL202 Fundamental Ethics 4
    PSY239 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology 4
    Approved elective2 3
    17
    Sixth Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CJA123 Exploring Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice 3
    CJA213 Introduction to Evidence 3
    CJA/GEOG270 Criminology and the Geography of Crime 3
    Science/Math/Computer Science requirement1 6
    15

    1 This plan aligns with the Associate of Science degree requirements, in the printed catalog. Students may also choose to earn an MHCC AAOT degree and select, as electives, criminal justice administration (CJA) courses.
    2 Select from the following list:

    Approved Electives:
    Course Title
    ANTH103 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    CIS145A Computer Maintenance and Forensics I
    CIS145B Computer Maintenance and Forensics II
    CIS145C Computer Maintenance and Forensics III
    CJA117 Introduction to Homeland Security
    CJA231 Understanding Gangs and Responses to Gang Activity
    CJA234 Intelligence, Analysis and Security Management
    CJA235 Transportation and Border Security
    CJA280C Co-op Work Experience: Criminal Justice
    COMM115 Introduction to Intercultural Communication
    GEOG106 Introduction to World Regional Geography
    PS201 American Government
    PSY202 General Psychology
    PSY216 Social Psychology
    SOC204 General Sociology: Principles of Sociology
    SOC205 General Sociology: Social Institutions
    SOC206 General Sociology: Social Problems
    SOC213 Race Relations in the United States

    Transfer Schools’ Web Links

    Portland State University - Criminology and Criminal Justice at PSU
    Western Oregon University - Criminal Justice at WOU
    Southern Oregon University - Criminology and Criminal Justice at SOU