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2023-2024 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Cowley College Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice Transfer Pathway (AA)


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The Criminal Justice program at Cowley College prepares a student for a successful career in law enforcement and corrections. There is a nationwide trend toward requiring that all criminal justice professionals have at least a two- year degree, and Cowley College Associate Degree in Criminal Justice fulfills that promise. This is an ideal time to become a professional in the field of criminal justice. In response to the rise in crime rates, increasing drug abuse, and a growing population, the public demands a strong response to the violence and disorder, causing employment opportunities to increase dramatically in recent years. Career opportunities exist in many areas: local police departments and organizations, county and state police departments, corrections, environmental protection services, juvenile facilities, crime laboratories, courts and judicial offices, and community-based corrections (probation and parole).


 KANSAS PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBLE PROGRAM  


Symbol(s) Translation:

(T►) - Kansas Regents System Wide Transfer Course 
($) - Special Funding Identifier 


PROGRAM MAP - Criminal Justice (AA)  

Pathway Code: CRJA


Kansas General Education Core Requirements (35 hours)


Successfully completing 35 hours of approved coursework in the following designated categories will fulfill the requirements of meeting the Kansas System-wide General Education Core.

Basic Skills - English, Communications and Math (12 hours)


Complete 6 credits of English, 3 credits of Communications and at least 3 credits of a College-level Math course that’s most appropriate for the degree and transfer pathway.

Natural & Physical Laboratory Sciences (5 hours)


Complete 5 credits of Lab Science from approved Lab Science Elective(s) (BIO, CHM, GEO, PHS)

Social & Behavioral Sciences (6 hours)


Complete 6 credits from two different disciplines from approved Social Science Elective(s)  (ANT, CRJ, ECO, GEG, MIN, POL, PSY, SOC).

The following are recommended for this pathway:

Arts & Humanities (6 hours)


Complete 6 credits from two different disciplines from approved Humanities Elective(s) (ART, COM, ENG, FOL, HIS, LIT, MUS, PHO, REL, THE) - Studio and Performance courses cannot be included.

The following are recommended electives for this pathway:

Additional Institution Core Requirements (6 hours)


To satisfy degree requirements to meet the Kansas system-wide general education core, complete 6 additional credits of approved electives applicable to the transfer pathway.

Recommended courses for this pathway:

Recommended Transfer Pathway Electives (27 hours)*


The Associate of Arts degree requires a minimum of 27 hours of Pathway Electives. Students should work with their advisor and transfer institution to determine the most appropriate courses to complete within this block. Students should discuss course selection with their advisor as it varies depending on the program requirements at each transfer institution. 

In addition to the following Program Core Electives, PSY6720 - First Year Experience (FYE) is highly recommended as an elective for students enrolled in this pathway.

Additional Criminal Justice Related Coursework


Complete the above courses plus a minimum of 6 additional credits from the following:

Minimum Hours for a Degree 62*


*A minimum of 62 hours is required to earn a Cowley degree; however additional credit hours may be outlined on the transfer pathway to meet the program requirements for a transfer institution. 

Depending on skill level and assessment scores, students may be required to take the necessary basic skill or prerequisite courses prior to enrolling in the program courses.

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