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The two-year Criminal Justice program is designed to provide students with a variety of career opportunities. Careers available include: state and local law enforcement, school resource officers, park ranger, sheriff's deputies, corrections officers, federal agencies such as U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Marshalls, U.S. Secret Service, Transportation Security Administration, and other U.S. Department of Homeland Security jobs (some of these agencies require a four-year degree).

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, criminal justice employment opportunities will increase as much as 22% through 2018. The two-year associate degree is formed to meet the needs of society for personnel capable of entry and advancement into these career opportunities.


First Year   Hours
CRMJ 1010 Intro to Criminal Justice 3
CRMJ 2020 Intro to Corrections 3
CRMJ 2010 Intro to Law Enforcement 3
CRMJ 1130 Criminal Evidence & Procedures 3
CRMJ 1100 Juvenile Delinquency 3
ENGL 1010 Composition 3
SPCH 1010 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
POLS 1025 Intro to Political Science 3
PSYC 1030 General Psychology 3
SOCI 1010 Intro to Sociology 3
    First Year Total 30
Second Year    
CRMJ 2130 Criminal Investigation 3
CRMJ 2210 Criminal Law 3
CRMJ 2310 Special Topics in Criminal Justice 3
CRMJ 2140 Understanding Terrorism 3
CRMJ 1020 Intro to the Legal Process 3
POLS 1030 American Government 3
    Humanities Elective 3
    Natural Science/Math Elective1 3
    Electives 6
    Second Year Total 30

1  Students must complete all Math Learning Support requirements before the degree will be awarded.

Students pursuing this option will be advised by the Social Science, Business and Education Division.

This program is designed for students who plan to enter the field upon graduation.  Students intending to transfer to a baccalaureate program are advised that they should check with their academic advisor and the four-year institution regarding specific transfer of courses.

Proficiency Credit for Criminal Justice

Currently enrolled criminal justice students may petition for the granting of academic proficiency credit, based on previous experiential work in the field in which a degree is being pursued. The student is responsible for assembling and presenting a portfolio of materials to support the request.  Academic proficiency credit may be awarded for in-service training at specialized schools or academies; contingent upon how the training curriculum corresponds to the competency based curriculum objectives for individual criminal justice courses.

Academic proficiency credit awarded will not exceed 15 semester hours. Copies of training certificates and other portfolio materials should be sent to the Criminal Justice Department for evaluation by the Program Director. The Admissions and Records Office will assign course credit. A grade of “P” will be assigned to proficiency credit. Proficiency credit cannot be granted until the student is enrolled (full- or part-time) for classes at Roane State.

Students who complete a Law Enforcement Training Academy will receive the following proficiency course credit.


CRMJ 2010 Intro to Law Enforcement 3
CRMJ 1020 Intro to Legal Process 3
CRMJ 1110 Criminal Procedures 3
CRMJ 2130 Criminal Investigation 3
CRMJ 2210 Criminal Law 3


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