Criminal Justice

Program Description
The Criminal Justice A.A.S. degree program is designed for students with an interest in the criminal justice field and law enforcement professions. It prepares students for a career as a law enforcement officer, corrections officer, investigator, court administrator, private security officer or customs agent. Graduates are employed with local, state and federal agencies or with private agencies. Students employed in related fields may use the program as a building block for career advancement or further education. Students gain knowledge of local, state and federal statues, civil liberties, policing, the justice system, ethics, constitutionalism and public safety issues.

In addition to the A.A.S. degree CVCC offers a Certificate in Criminal Justice. The certificate program is designed to provide students with a specialized skill set to be competitive in the job market or to upgrade your skills for job advancement. Most can be completed in one year or less and the certificate courses can be applied toward the A.A.S. degree in Criminal Justice.

CVCC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). We provide traditional classroom instruction, as well as, some online courses to serve students with varying personal schedules, interest, and needs. Tuition and fees are $150 per credit hour for Alabama and Georgia eligible residents and $267 per credit hour for all other residents. The total cost for Alabama and Georgia eligible residents to complete the degree is $10,800 and $19,224 for all other residents. For information about scholarships and/or financial aid contact our Financial Aid Office at 334.291.4914 or contact Kenneth Harrison, Director of Public Safety Programs at or or 334.291.4963.

Professional Development and Dual Enrollment
Professional development and continuing education opportunities for local and regional public safety agencies are available.   Also, courses are eligible for dual enrollment with area high schools.

Certificate Program- Criminal Justice
This program is designed for students with interest in criminal justice and law enforcement professions. Additionally, this program is designed for current law enforcement officers who wish to pursue academic credits as well as for those with no previous academic background.

Credit Earned for Criminal Justice Certifications Held
Upon completion of twelve (12) hours of approved Criminal Justice courses at CVCC, students may be awarded credit for Criminal Justice certifications that meet relevant national standards as determined by the Criminal Justice Lead Instructor. A maximum of 17 hours of non-traditional credit may be awarded and applied toward graduation. Official certification of completion of approved State Law Enforcement/Corrections Academy work must be submitted to the Admissions Office. Certifications must be either an academic transcript from the State POST Academy/College, certificate of completion or a letter on official letterhead from the State Law Enforcement Academy/College.

Course Descriptions 

CRJ 100. Introduction to Criminal Justice (3-0-3)

This course surveys the entire criminal justice process from law enforcement to the administration of justice through corrections. It discusses the history and philosophy of the system and introduces various career opportunities. Code B

CRJ 110. Introduction to Law Enforcement (3-0-3)
This course examines the history and philosophy of law enforcement, as well as the organization and jurisdiction of local, state and federal agencies. It includes the duties and functions of law enforcement officers. Code B 

CRJ 117. Community Relations (3-0-3)
This course discusses the role of the police officer in achieving and maintaining public support. It includes public information, juvenile relations, public relations, service and mobilizing community involvement and cooperation. Code C 

CRJ 140. Criminal Law and Procedure (3-0-3)
This course examines both substantive and procedural law. The legal elements of various crimes are discussed with emphasis placed on the contents of the Alabama Code. Areas of criminal procedure essential to the criminal justice profession are also covered. Code C 

CRJ 146. Criminal Evidence (3-0-3)
This course considers the origins of the laws of evidence and current rules of evidence. Types of evidence and their definitions and uses are covered as well as the functions of the court regarding evidence. Code C 

CRJ 147. Constitutional Law (3-0-3)
This course involves constitutional law as it applies to criminal justice. It includes Supreme Court decisions affecting criminal justice professionals such as the right to counsel, search and seizure, due process and civil rights. Code C 

CRJ 150. Introduction to Corrections (3-0-3)
This course provides an introduction to the philosophical and historical foundations of corrections in America. Incarceration and some of its alternatives are considered. Code B

CRJ 160. Introduction to Security (3-0-3)
This course surveys the operation, organization and problems in providing safety and security to business enterprises. Private, retail and industrial security is covered. Code B

CRJ 177. Criminal and Deviant Behavior (3-0-3)
This course analyzes criminal and deviant behavior systems. An emphasis is placed on sociological and psychological theories of crime causation. (Dual listed as SOC 217) Code C

CRJ 178. Narcotics/Dangerous Drugs (3-0-3)
This course surveys the history and development of drug abuse in society. Theories of drug abuse, identification and classification of drugs are covered. Strategies for combating the drug problem are discussed. Code C

CRJ 208. Introduction to Criminology (3-0-3)
This course delves into the nature and extent of crime in the United States, as well as criminal delinquent behavior and theories of causation. This study includes criminal personalities, principles of prevention, control and treatment. Code B

CRJ 209. Juvenile Delinquency (3-0-3)
This course examines the causes of delinquency. It also reviews programs of prevention and control of juvenile delinquency as well as the role of the courts. Code B

CRJ 216. Police Organization and Administration (3-0-3)
This course examines the principles of organization and administration of law agencies. Theories of management, budgeting and various personnel issues are covered. Code C

CRJ 220. Criminal Investigation (3-0-3)
This course explores the theory and scope of criminal investigation. The duties and responsibilities of the investigator are included. The techniques and strategies used in investigation are emphasized. Code C 

CRJ 227. Homicide Investigation (3-0-3)
This course covers the principles, techniques and strategies of homicide investigation. Topics emphasized include: ballistics, pathology, toxicology, immunology, jurisprudence and psychiatry. Code C

CRJ 290. Selected Topics-Seminar in Criminal Justice [(1-3)-0-(1-3)]
This course involves reading, research, writing and discussion of selected subjects relating to criminal justice. Various contemporary problems in criminal justice are analyzed. This course may be repeated with approval from the department head. Code C