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Criminal Justice

Associate of Arts Degree

The magnitude and changing complexity of criminal activities dictate the need for criminal justice personnel who have had a broad-based educational experience. The program as presented includes General Education courses from the college curriculum, specialized Criminal Justice core courses, essential interdisciplinary offerings, and suggested Criminal Justice requirements.

The Associate of Applied Science Program is designed to meet the needs of pre-service and in-service criminal justice personnel as a terminal degree. Alternately, the Associate of Arts Program fulfills the initial two-year curriculum for many four-year Criminal Justice programs.

Individuals desiring a career in corrections work may benefit from this curriculum by selecting certain recommended courses in corrections. Those students who plan a career in corrections counseling or administration should also plan to take graduate study.

Course Number Course Credits
CRMJ 1020Intro to Policing3
CRMJ 2100Politics & Judicial Process3
CRMJ 2120Intro to Criminal Justice3
CRMJ 2280Criminal Procedure3
CRMJ 2210Criminal Law3
CRMJ 2350Intro to Corrections3
CRMJ 2400Criminology3
CRMJ 2465Research Methods in Criminal Justice3
CRMJ & HSEC Program Electives

Students must complete general education requirements that will provide students a general knowledge to help them complete a degree at CWC.

Writing Level I (WR1) 3 credits
Writing Level II (WR2) (in program)
American & Wyoming Government (POLS 1000) 3 credits
ARTS 3 credits
HUM 3 credits
LSCI 4 credits
MATH 3 credits
ORAL 3 credits
SOC 3 credits
UNST 1 credits

Total Credit Hours: 60

Criminal Justice

Associate of Applied Science

The magnitude and changing complexity of criminal activities dictate the need for criminal justice personnel with a broad-based educational experience. The Associate of Applied Science Program is designed to meet the needs of pre-service and in-service criminal justice personnel as a terminal degree. Alternately, the Associate of Arts Program fulfills the initial two-year curriculum for many four-year criminal justice programs. 

Students must take 39 credits of Criminal Justice and Homeland Security courses.
Course Number Course Credits
CRMJ 1005Law Enforcement Health and Wellness3
CRMJ 1020Intro to Policing3
CRMJ 1170Law Enforcement/Ethics,justice3
CRMJ 2000Court Testimony and Report Writing3
CRMJ 2010Use of Force3
CRMJ 2120Intro to Criminal Justice3
CRMJ 2130Criminal Investigation I3
CRMJ 2135Criminal Investigation II3
CRMJ 2320Mental Wellness for Law Enforcement3
CRMJ 2420Juvenile Justice3
Additional CRMJ and HSEC courses 
Additional CRMJ courses 

Students must take 6 general elective credits.

Writing Level I (WR1)

3 credits
American & Wyoming Government (POLS 1000) 3 credits
MATH/APPM/LSCI 3 credits
Student must complete six (6) credits of general education courses distributed over two (2) different general education areas, one of which is either WR2 or ORAL.
ARTS/HUM/IT/ORAL/SOC/WR2 6 credits
UNST 1 credits

Total Credit Hours: 61

Certificates

The Criminal Justice Certificate I, Corrections Option, is designed to meet the needs of the student interested in working in corrections. The magnitude and changing complexity of the criminal justice system, criminal activities, and corrections systems in society dictate the need for criminal justice personnel that think critically and are empowered to make ethical decisions when responding to the unique needs of our corrections population. The program includes General Education courses from the college curriculum and Criminal Justice courses focused on preparing the student to pursue entry-level or advance to supervisory positions in today’s complex corrections environment.

The Criminal Justice Certificate I, Corrections, is tailored to help advance careers in the criminal justice field.

Total Credit Hours: 37 Program Requirements
Course Number Course Credits
CRMJ 1005Law Enforcement Health and Wellness3
CRMJ 1020Intro to Policing3
CRMJ 1170Law Enforcement/Ethics,justice3
CRMJ 2000Court Testimony and Report Writing3
CRMJ 2010Use of Force3
CRMJ 2120Intro to Criminal Justice3
CRMJ 2320Mental Wellness for Law Enforcement3
CRMJ 2350Intro to Corrections3
CRMJ 2365Community Based Corrections3
CRMJ 2420Juvenile Justice3
General Education Requirements
Writing Level I (WR1)/ORAL3 credits

MATH/APPM/LSCI

3 credits
UNST1 credits

The Criminal Justice Certificate I, Law Enforcement Option, is designed to meet the needs of the student interested in becoming a law enforcement officer. The magnitude and changing complexity of the criminal justice system and criminal activities in our society dictate the need for criminal justice personnel that think critically and are empowered to make ethical decisions. The program includes General Education courses from the college curriculum and Criminal Justice courses focused on preparing the student to pursue entry level or advance to supervisory positions in today’s complex law enforcement field.

The Criminal Justice Certificate I, Law Enforcement Option, is tailored to help advance careers in law enforcement.

Total Credit Hours: 37 Program Requirements
Course Number Course Credits
CRMJ 1005Law Enforcement Health and Wellness3
CRMJ 1020Intro to Policing3
CRMJ 1170Law Enforcement/Ethics,justice3
CRMJ 2000Court Testimony and Report Writing3
CRMJ 2010Use of Force3
CRMJ 2120Intro to Criminal Justice3
CRMJ 2210Criminal Law3
CRMJ 2130Criminal Investigation I3
CRMJ 2420Juvenile Justice3
CRMJ 2320Mental Wellness for Law Enforcement3
General Education Requirements
Writing Level I (WR1)/ORAL3 credits

MATH/APPM/LSCI

3 credits
UNST1 credits

The Criminal Justice Certificate I, School Resource Officer Option, is designed for the student interested in working as a school resource officer. The magnitude and changing complexity of the criminal justice system, the juvenile justice system, and criminal activities in our society dictate the need for criminal justice personnel that think critically and are empowered to make ethical decisions when responding to the unique needs of our juvenile population. The program includes General Education courses from the college curriculum and Criminal Justice courses focused on preparing the student for a career as a school resource officer.

The Criminal Justice Certificate I, School Resource Officer Option, is tailored to help advance careers in the criminal justice system with a credential in a criminal justice field of study.

Total Credit Hours: 34 Program Requirements
Course Number Course Credits
CRMJ 1005Law Enforcement Health and Wellness3
CRMJ 1020Intro to Policing3
CRMJ 1170Law Enforcement/Ethics,justice3
CRMJ 2000Court Testimony and Report Writing3
CRMJ 2010Use of Force3
CRMJ 2120Intro to Criminal Justice3
CRMJ 2320Mental Wellness for Law Enforcement3
CRMJ 2400Criminology3
CRMJ 2420Juvenile Justice3
General Education Requirements:
Writing Level I (WR1)/ORAL3 credits

MATH/APPM/LSCI

3 credits
UNST1 credits

The Criminal Justice Cert II is designed to meet the needs of the student interested in becoming a law enforcement officer. The magnitude and changing complexity of the criminal justice system and criminal activities in society require the foundational education provided in this Certificate program to empower those in or entering the profession to respond to the changing demands on law enforcement personnel. The program includes General Education courses from the college curriculum and Criminal Justice courses focused on preparing the student to pursue entry-level positions in today's complex criminal justice environment.

 

 

Total Credit Hours: 15

Program Requirements

Course Number Course Credits
CRMJ 1005Law Enforcement Health and Wellness3
CRMJ 1020Intro to Policing3
CRMJ 1170Law Enforcement/Ethics,justice3
CRMJ 2120Intro to Criminal Justice3
CRMJ 2320Mental Wellness for Law Enforcement3

CAREER PATHS

Building a Future in Criminal Justice

Central Wyoming College Criminal Justice program provides diverse career paths for individuals pursuing criminal justice education. Graduates can embark on various rewarding professions, including:

Public Safety, Juvenile Justice, Corrections, Victim Assistance, Law Enforcement, Crime Prevention, Loss Prevention, Court Administration, Trial Process and Research and Policy Making

For those looking to further their education, transfer options to four-year colleges or universities are available, opening doors to advanced career opportunities in the criminal justice sector.

 

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Meet Your Professor

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

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Todd Byerly

Instructor of Criminal Justice

Chief of Police, Douglas, Wyoming