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  Nov 23, 2017
 
 
    
2017/2018

Criminal Justice-Justice Affairs


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Associate in Applied Science (082)

This program prepares students for careers in criminal justice that are outside of law enforcement, such as corrections, court services, dispatching, court advocacy, security loss prevention, and private investigations.

Work and Employment

This applied science program is designed to prepare students to work in correctional institutions, judicial centers, security facilities, and locations where the criminal justice system is utilized.  Younger students who wish to rise in the ranks are advised to follow a transfer program and earn a bachelor’s degree because higher education has become increasingly important.

Special Considerations

Justice Affairs students should cultivate their communication skills.  Effective work in the justice system is based heavily on the ability to communicate well in the field.  Students should also be aware of the strength and physical agility requirements required of applicants by criminal justice agencies in Illinois.  The college offers a wide range of physical education courses and a super circuit fitness center.  Previous criminal record and felony convictions can negatively impact the opportunity to gain employment in the field.

Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College
Academic Advising, 815/835-6354;
Daniel McCollum, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, 815/835-6256.

Major Field Requirements - Sem/Hrs: 30


  • CJS Elective-CJS 250 Recommended-3 Semester hour(s)

Criminal Justice Core Courses - Sem/Hrs: 15


General Education Requirements - Sem/Hrs: 18


  • Communications (ENG 101, 111 or 103 required) 6 Semester hour(s)
  • Humanities/Fine Arts 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Social/Behavioral Science (SOC 111 required) 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Physical/Life Science 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Mathematics (MAT 106 or higher required) 3 Semester hour(s)

Electives (see your major field advisor): 3 semester hours


SVCC Requirement - Sem/Hrs: 1


Total Hours Required for A.A.S. Degree: 64


Suggested Program


First Semester - Sem/Hrs: 16


  • Mathematics (MAT 106 or higher) 3 Semester hour(s)

Second Semester - Sem/Hrs: 15


Third Semester - Sem/Hrs: 15


  • Humanities/Fine Arts 3 Semester hour(s)

Fourth Semester - Sem/Hrs: 18


  • Physical/Life Science 3 Semester hour(s)
  • CJS Elective-CJS 250 Recommended 3 Semester hour(s)

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