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Criminal Justice Course Sequences

See the classes you should take each term to complete the criminal justice degree.

Criminal Justice Degree Course Sequences

Getting Started

The first step to entering these programs is to take part in an assessment process, which includes taking the college’s free placement test and meeting with Chemeketa’s Advising and First Year Programs staff. You may need to complete program entry requirements.

Your advisor will help you develop an individualized program of study.

Entry Requirements
CourseTitleCredit Hours
CA121A Keyboarding A (if less than 25 wpm) 1

Program Application and Employment Standards*

MTH020 Basic Mathematics 4
RD090 College Textbook Reading 3
WR115 Introduction to Composition 4 or
WR088 Introduction to Technical Writing 1  

*CJ103 requires students to pass a criminal background check and drug screening. Failure to pass these assessments will prevent admission to these programs.

If you have questions about the requirements, call 503.399.5163. Failure to be assessed may delay your entry into program classes.

Be sure to review the catalog for important information about program outcomes and other details not found in this listing.

See course descriptions for more information about your classes.

Criminal Justice Degree

General Education Requirements
CourseTitleCredit Hours
CIS101  Computing Concepts (or higher) 3 or
BA131 Business Computing 4 or
CA100 Beginning Computing 3
COMM218 Interpersonal Communication 4 or
  Communications elective 4
MTH060 Introductory Algebra+ (or higher) 4
  Tactical Athlete (plus 2 additional PE courses) 3 or
CJ104A CJ Personal Defense–Beginning. 1 and
CJ104B CJ Personal Defense–Intermediate 1 and
CJ104C CJ Personal Defense–Advanced 1 or
  Physical Education elective (3 different activities) 3
WR121 Academic Composition 4
CJ212 Police Report Writing 3 or
WR227  Technical Writing 4
  General Education electives 15
  Arts and Letters electives* 12
  Psychology or Sociology electives+** 12


Core Requirements
CourseTitleCredit Hours
CJ100 Survey of the Criminal Justice System 3
CJ101 Criminology. 3

Public Safety Communications and Documentation

CJ130 Corrections Process 3
CJ206 Crime and Delinquency 3
CJ210 Criminal Investigations 1: Crimes vs. Persons 3
CJ226 Constitutional Law 3
CJ280C Cooperative Work Experience 3
  Criminal Justice electives*** 12

*Arts and Letters electives: Due to current bilingual hiring preferences, students are urged to take SPN111, SPN112, and SPN113.

**Recommended: PSY201 and PSY202 for Law Enforcement and Adult Corrections.

***Choose any CJ course not required.