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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, the continued desire for public safety is expected to lead to new openings for officers, although demand may vary by location.  The two-year associate degree is formed to meet the needs of society for personnel capable of entry and advancement into these career opportunities.  Education requirements range from a high school diploma to a college degree. Most police and corrections officers must graduate from their agency’s training academy before completing a period of on-the-job training. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, usually at least 21 years old, and able to meet rigorous physical and personal qualifications.

Effective Fall 2020

1st Fall   Hours
COLS 1010 Study, Organize, Succeed 3
ENGL 1010 Composition I 3
COMM 2025 Fundamentals of Communication 3
SOCI 1010 Introduction to Sociology 3
CRMJ 2020 Introduction to Corrections 3
Action Items    
  Oct Meet with Success Coach or Advisor
Complete FAFSA for upcoming fall term
  Nov Register for next term  
1st Spring   Hours
MATH 1010

Math for General Studies (Recommended) OR
Choose from: 1530, 1130, 1630 or higher content-level math course OR

Natural Science Elective1

PSYC 1030 Introduction to Psychology 3
CRMJ 1355 Understanding Terrorism 3
CRMJ 1010 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
POLS 1025 Introduction to Political Science 3
Action Items    
  Mar Meet with Success Coach or Advisor  
  April Register for next term  
2nd Fall   Hours
CRMJ 2010 Introduction to Law Enforcement 3
CRMJ 2311 Introduction to Juvenile Justice 3
CRMJ 1311 Criminal Law 3
POLS 1030 American Government 3
PHIL 1040 Introduction to Ethics (Recommended) OR
Humanities Elective
Action Items    
  Sept Complete Application for Graduation  
  Oct Meet with Faculty Advisor  
  Nov Register for next term  
2nd Spring   Hours
CRMJ 1020 Introduction to Legal Process 3
CRMJ 2381 Special Topics 2 3
CRMJ 1340 Introduction to Criminal Investigation 3
CRMJ 1330 Criminal Evidence and Procedures 3
    Elective 3
Action Items    
  Feb Take Exit Exam (ETS Proficiency Profile) and CRMJ Exit Exam   
  Mar Begin job search using RaiderRecruit   

*CRMJ Internship only offered in SPRING. Pre-requisite CRMJ 1010

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

2Other CRMJ courses may be substituted for this requirement.  Consult with your faculty advisor.

Exit Testing:

AAS Criminal Justice Graduate Exam (CJGE)

All Criminal Justice students seeking an Associate of Applied Science degree must take the ETS Proficiency Profile Exam and the Criminal Justice Graduate Exit Exam prior to receiving a diploma.

You must first file an Application for Graduation and allow time for review and approval. Once your Application for Graduation form has been approved, you can take the CJGE. You must take your CJGE at the Harriman or Oak Ridge campus as it requires a password only known by Testing Center employees.

The CJGE consists of 80 multiple choice questions covering the subject areas of: Introduction to Criminal Justice, Introduction to Law Enforcement, Introduction to Corrections and Introduction to the Legal Process. There is no study guide for this exam. Please allow yourself 1 hour for the ETS Exit Exam and approximately 2 hours for the Criminal Justice Exam.

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 1330 Criminal Evidence and Procedures 3
CRMJ 1340 Criminal Investigation 3
CRMJ 1311 Criminal Law 3

This program is designed for students who plan to enter the workforce upon graduation.  Students intending to transfer to a baccalaureate program are advised to follow the Associate of Science degree program.

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

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