Your Curriculum

Criminal Justice Administration

Catalog 2013-2014 

MHCC Faculty Adviser:
Dr. Chris Gorsek: 503-491-7321 - Room AC 2674

Courses provide students with knowledge about the nature and causes of crime and delinquency, law and the legal system in American society and the decision-making processes of criminal justice agencies. A criminal justice major is broadly educated and also provided with courses that directly apply to careers in law and the justice system.

Curricular Outcomes
At the completion of this curriculum, students should be able to:

  • Explain how the criminal justice system functions as well as how it fits into the overall society of the US
  • Compare and contrast the various theories of why people offend
  • Compare and contrast the structure and function of the federal and state court system
  • Compare and contrast the various goals of punishment
  • Explain the value of prison treatment programs.

The following plan of classes is a general guide to prepare students to pursue a degree in criminal justice administration at a college or university.* To prepare for such a degree and at the same time meet MHCC degree requirements, follow one of the transfer degree options on pages 10-15 of the printed catalog.

Students receiving financial aid must be certificate or degree seeking and must follow official MHCC certificate or degree requirements.

Admission and degree requirements vary among colleges and universities. Students are advised to:

  • Contact the transfer university to confirm specific admission/major/degree requirements.
  • Consult with a faculty adviser or the MHCC Academic Advising and Transfer Center early to develop an educational plan.

*Note that community colleges do not award transfer degrees in a subject area, but do award an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree, an Associate of Science Oregon Transfer – Business degree or an Associate of Science degree.

First Quarter  Cr 
CJA111  Introduction to Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Agencies 3
MTH105  Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics 4
WR121  English Composition 4
  Humanities requirement1  3-4
  Approved elective2  3
Second Quarter 
CJA112  Introduction. to Criminal Justice: The Court System 3
CJA201  Criminal Justice in a Diverse Society 3
  Science/Math/Computer Science requirement1  3
  Approved elective2  6
Third Quarter 
CJA113  Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration: The Corrections System 3
CJA219  Introduction to Community Policing 3
GEOG107  Introduction to Cultural Geography or
GEOG106 Introduction to World Regional Geography
SP111  Fundamentals of Public Speaking 4
  Health and Physical Education requirement1  3
Fourth Quarter 
CJA211  Introduction to Criminal Law: Fundamentals 3
CJA230  Juvenile Crime and the Juvenile Justice Process 3
CIS120  Computer Concepts I
CIS120L  Computer Concepts Lab I
PSY201  General Psychology 4
Fifth Quarter 
CJA212  Introduction to Criminal Law: Criminal Justice Procedure
CJA214  Introduction to Criminal Investigation
PHL202  Fundamental Ethics
PSY239  Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
  Approved elective2  3
Sixth Quarter 
CJA123  Exploring Contemporary Issues In Criminal Justice
CJA213  Introduction to Evidence 3
CJA/GEOG270 Criminology and the Geography of Crime 3
  Science/Math/Computer Science requirement1  6

1This plan aligns with the Associate of Science degree requirements, page 14 of the printed catalog. Students may also choose to earn an MHCC AAOT degree and select, as electives, criminal justice administration (CJA) courses.
2Select from the following list:

Advisor Approved Electives:
ANTH103 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
CIS145A Computer Maintenance and Forensics I
CIS145B Computer Maintenance and Forensics II
CIS145C Computer Maintenance and Forensics III
CJA280C Co-op Work Experience - Criminal Justice
GEOG106 Introduction to World Regional Geography
PS201 American Government
PSY202 General Psychology
PSY216 Social Psychology
SOC204 General Sociology: Principles of Sociology
SOC205 General Sociology: Social Institutions
SOC206 General Sociology: Social Problems
SOC213 Race Relations in the United States
SOC225 Social Issues
SP115 Introduction to Intercultural Communication

Transfer Schools' Web Links
Portland State University -
Western Oregon University -
Southern Oregon University - 

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