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Criminal Justice, AAS

Highline College
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Associate's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Des Moines

Program description

Criminal Justice, AAS

The Criminal Justice program provides a strong academic foundation for careers in the justice field. Program instructors have extensive experience in the justice field and help students develop a practical understanding of the criminal justice system, criminal law and procedures, community relations, police operations, and criminal investigations.

Admission requirements

  • Completion of a minimum of 90 college-level credits (courses numbered 100 or above);
  • A minimum 2.0 cumulative college-level GPA;
  • Completion of at least 23 of the total required credits at Highline with a minimum 2.0 GPA (known as the residency credit requirement);
  • Any course taken in the AA, AS, AAS degrees must be a D (1.0 GPA) or better.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

Professional-Technical Core Courses:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • The Justice System
  • Introduction to Law Enforcement
  • Introduction to Corrections
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminology
  • Community Relations
  • Introduction to Homeland Security
  • Intelligence Analysis and Security Management
  • Transportation and Border Security
  • Business Crisis and Continuity Management
  • Cooperative Education
  • Comparative Prisons
  • Law of Arrest, Search, and Seizure
  • Conflict Management
  • Administration of Justice Communications
  • Intelligence -led Policing
  • Tactical Thinking
  • Terrorism Today
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • Introduction to Forensic Science
  • Cooperative Education
  • Police Crisis Intervention
  • Independent Study
  • Independent Study
  • Independent Study
  • Independent Study
  • Independent Study

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Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.

Tuition fees

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  • Apply the knowledge and verbal skills requisite to effectively communicate with criminal suspects, victims, witnesses, persons in crisis and others in need.
  • Identify constitutional freedoms and rights, and how an ethical criminal justice system and participatory citizenship protect those freedoms and rights.
  • Describe those applicant screening/selection process typically utilized by law enforcement and corrections agencies for their entry-level positions.
  • Analyze a criminal case to determine its appropriate processing, given an understanding of the jurisdiction and functions of police, courts and corrections as components of an interdependent criminal justice system.
  • Secure and process a crime scene, employing proper techniques of evidence gathering, searching, sketching and on-scene interviewing.
  • Analyze criminal statutes to determine the statutes elements, constitutionality and proper application.
  • Produce written incident and investigative reports that are useful and professional in terms of accuracy, completeness, spelling and grammar.

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Highline College

Highline College prides itself as being the 5th most diverse college in the entire USA. It is located in the breathtaking Pacific Northwest, which is home to renowned national parks, a stunning coastline and peninsula, a rainforest, the North Cascade...

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Why study at Highline College

  • Award-winning college (ranked in the top 150 community colleges in the USA in 2021)
  • Individual advising to help you meet your goals
  • New on campus student housing
  • University Transfer Pathways with many four-year university partners
  • Over 120 programs, certificates and degrees and still growing
  • U.S. high school diploma awarded after completing a 2-year degree with no additional requirements.
  • Active student life with many activities, programming, communities and leadership opportunities
  • Beautiful location just next to Seattle and the Puget Sound waterway
  • Internship &, scholarships opportunities
  • Unique OPT, CPT and internship opportunities

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Highline College

2400 S 240th St
98198 Des Moines WA
United States of America

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