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Associate in Science - Criminal Justice Technology
Miami Dade College offers an Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice Technology for students who are interested in careers in law, law enforcement, corrections, and the criminal justice system and want to develop the fundamental skill-set needed for future advanced study in criminal justice. Students will learn about the aspects of the criminal justice system, including constitutional issues in criminal justice, criminology, sociology, and criminal investigation. By focusing on the fundamental and overarching issues in criminal justice, individuals will be prepared later on for future studies in specialized issues such as homeland security procedure and notable Supreme Court decisions.
As part of the study of criminal justice technology, students will learn about the social issues related to crime, as well as mathematical and procedural methods for understanding and monitoring crime. Those classes include introduction to criminology, introduction to criminal justice, human behavior in criminal justice, criminal law, juvenile delinquency, narcotics and dangerous substances, introduction to corrections, parole and probation, constitutional law and legal procedure for evidence, criminal investigation, dynamics of behavior, criminal justice ethics and professionalism, administration of justice field service programs, career exploration in criminal justice, management of police functions, criminal justice and the community, introduction to homeland security, and transportation and border security.
Through the criminal justice technology program, students will develop the qualities and professional qualifications for further study and entry-level employment in the criminal justice and law enforcement system. These qualifications include but are not limited to: the ability to explain concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and trends in criminal justice, to demonstrate the ability to apply legal and ethical principles to the criminal justice system, to describe the structure, function, and interaction of key institutions in criminal justice, to discuss the patterns, typologies, and root causes of crime, and to apply criminal justice concepts, processes, and practices to social justice and social change.
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