Criminal Justice Majors

Associate in Science Pathway for Criminal Justice

This is a typical course schedule for a student planning to complete the AA degree within two years, then transfer and major in Criminal Justice. See your ECC Academic Advisor to obtain specific requirements as course requirements vary by transfer institution.

Courses marked with * have additional prerequisites.

Fall Semester 1 - (16+ Semester Hours)

  • ENG 101, English Composition I (3)
  • Math, Gen Ed (3-5)
  • BIO 108, Biology for Contemporary Society(4) (recommended)
  • 1CRJ 101, Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
  • 2Elective, (3-4)

Spring Semester 2 - (15-17 Semester Hours)

  • ENG 102, English Composition II (3)
  • 1CRJ 205, Criminal Law (3)
  • Fine Arts, Gen Ed (3)
  • Physical Science, Gen Ed (3-5)

Fall Semester 3 - (12-13 Semester Hours)

  • CMS 101, Fundamentals of Speech (3)
  • 1CRJ 225, Criminal Investigation (3)
  • 2Social Science, Gen Ed- possible option- POS 150, American Government, National (3)
  • 2Elective, (3-4)

Spring Semester 4 - (13-15 Semester Hours)

  • 1CRJ 231, Juvenile Justice or CRJ 110 Introduction to Correctsion (3)
  • Fine Arts/Humanities, Gen Ed (3-4)
  • PSY 100, Intro to Psychology (3)
  • Social/Behavioral Science, Gen Ed (3-4)

1Degree requirements vary by transfer institution, often schools will cap the number of History courses students should take prior to transfer. Plan to discuss your transfer options early with your academic advisor.
2Possible electives may include- Foreign Language, Computer Science, Psychology & Business courses.

Communications, Fine Arts, Social Science, and Behavioral Science are ideal courses to enroll in during the Summer semester to lighten credit course load during Spring and Fall semesters.

  • ECC & many transfer institutions require a Diversity and/or a Multicultural course as a graduation requirement. Courses that fulfill this requirement at ECC include options in Humanities, Fine Arts, Behavioral Science and Social Science. See your academic advisor or view Associate in Arts or Associate in Science details in the ECC catalog to view options.
  • The Associate in Arts is the preferred degree to complete at ECC as the Associate in Science has additional Science requirements that are not required for most Criminal Justice degrees.
  • Transfer schools may require completion of up to the 4th level of language other than English, which is best to complete prior to transferring. Discuss requirements with your academic advisor.
  • This plan is a sample pathway, the only way to secure an accurate education plan to the school of your preference is to meet with an academic advisor in B120.

Successfull Pathway Steps

Majoring in Criminal Justice?

What specific majors are related to Criminal Justice?

  • Business/Accounting
  • Clinical Lab Technician
  • Computer Forensics
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Cyber Security
  • Fire Protection Services
  • Foreign Language/Linguistics
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Pre-Law
  • Law Enforcement & Justice Administration
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Pre-Law
  • Social Work

What careers do Criminal Justice graduates work in?


Students interested in Criminal Justice and related careers requiring an AAS degree or VS/BVS certificate at ECC can pursue:

Information from Information from Focus2 and BLS.gov