NVCC 2002-2003 Catalog
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Associate in Applied Science Degree AN, MA, WO  

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Purpose: The curriculum is designed to provide a broad foundation that will prepare students to enter any of the varied fields in criminal justice or to prepare for professional advancement. The occupational objectives for students include local, state, and federal enforcement officers, police officers, private or government investigators, adult/juvenile correction officers, probation/parole officers and counselors, security director (manager), loss prevention director, classification manager, and personnel clearance administrator. Most of the ADJ courses in this curriculum are "core courses" that provide a basic entry-level foundation in both criminal justice and security administration. These courses must be taken by ALL STUDENTS in this program. At several points in the curriculum "course options" are provided for selection by the students.

Special Curriculum Admission Requirements: Students are advised that many criminal justice and private/government security agencies require excellent moral character and a written record of conduct prior to consideration for employment.

First Year1st Semester2nd Semester

   ADJ100Survey of Criminal Justice3
   ADJ107Survey of Criminology3
   ADJ111Law Enforcement Org. & Admin. or
   1ADJ140 Intro. to Corrections or
   ADJ150 Intro. to Security Administration3
   ENG111College Composition I3
PED116Lifetime Fitness & Wellness1
___Social Science Elective3
   ADJ105The Juvenile Justice System 3
ADJElective or 
   ADJ159 Physical Security 3
   ADJElective or 
   BUS100 Intro. to Business 3
MTH120Intro. to Mathematics 3
___Social Science Elective 3

Total Credits/Semester1716

Second Year1st Semester2nd Semester

   ADJ211Criminal Law, Evid. & Proc. I3
   ADJ216Organized Crime & Corruption3
   ADJ236Prin. of Criminal Investigation3
   ___General Elective2
   IST117Intro. to Microcomputer Software3
   SPD110Intro. to Speech Communication3
ADJElective or 
   ADJ255 Security Management 3
   ADJ133Ethics for Crim. Justice Professional 3
   ADJ212Criminal Law, Evid. & Proc. II 3
   ADJ237Adv. Criminal Investigation or 
   ADJ228 Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs or 
   ADJ248 Probation/Parole/Treatment 3
   PLS135American National Politics 3

Total Credits/Semester1715

Total credits for the A.A.S. Degree in Administration of Justice = 65.

To graduate from a degree program, students entering NVCC Fall 1999 or later must demonstrate computer competency skills as described in the Degree Requirements section of the Instructional Programs of this catalog.

Although not required as part of this program, students planning to transfer to George Mason University (GMU) may wish to complete eight hours of a laboratory science while attending NVCC. Check the current GMU Catalog or contact a GMU faculty advisor if you have questions.

1 Students interested in a career in the field of corrections should take corrections courses as ADJ electives.

2 The PED requirements may be met by one of the following options: PED 116, 2 cr.; PED 116, 1 cr., plus a PED activities course, 1 cr.; or PED 116, 1 cr., plus RPK 205, 216, or 225. PED 116 is offered as both a 1- credit and a 2-credit course.

3 The social science elective may be selected from the following: economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, or sociology (includes anthropology). Psychology 201-202 or Sociology 201-202 are recommended.

4 May substitute a higher level math.

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