Criminal Justice - Accelerated Program for Criminal Justice Professionals (APCJP)

Bachelor of Arts

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Current or prior law enforcement officers with five years of experience in the criminal justice field will receive 48 advanced standing credits (15 based upon Act 120 Certification and 33 credits for work experience.) Most courses are offered in an 8-week accelerated format that is cohort based. Students may select from both on-line, classroom and blended courses. It is possible to graduate from the Accelerated Program with a BA in Criminal Justice and a minor in another academic field within four semesters and one summer session. The APCJP student will complete 72 academic credits at La Roche College. APCJP students with an associate degree and/or academic credit from other institutions will be evaluated on an individual basis. A student’s last thirty credits must be earned at La Roche College.


The following coursework is required for degree:

  • 18 Credits of Criminal Justice Major Requirements
  • 6 Credits of Criminal Justice Major Electives
  • 9 Credits of Skills Components
  • 36 Credits of CORE Curriculum courses
  • 30 Credits of General Electives

Academic Core Courses -- 24 Credits Required:
APCJP students have been granted 16 credits for La Roche Experience (4) (W); Select Aesthetics (3) (W); Select Religion/Philosophy (3) (W); Select Literature (3) (W); and Select History (3) (W). The following core courses are required:

  • ENGL1011 College Writing I
  • ENGL1012 College Writing II
  • MATH1010 College Algebra
  • ISTC1005 Practical Computer Applications
  • Select Science
  • Select Social/Cultural Systems
  • Community Integrative
  • Global Integrative

Language Requirement – No Credits Required.
APCRP students do not have a modern language requirement but can take language courses as alternatives and may minor in Spanish.

General Electives - 15 Credits
APCJP students have been granted 11 credits (W) from the elective component based upon work experience and prior academic/training courses.

The elective requirement may be fulfilled through a minor or certificate program. Recommended programs are: Criminalistics, Modern Languages, Computer Science, Psychology, Sociology, Accounting, Pre Law, and Management.

Criminal Justice elective courses in excess of the required credit (6) may be taken and applied to the general elective component.

Criminal Justice Required Courses: 12 credits are granted for

  • CRIM1001 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System (A)
    • CRIM2016 Police and Society (W)
      • CRIM3045 Criminal Investigations (A)
        • CRIM2011 Intelligence Analysis and Presentation (A)

        Criminal Justice Electives: 6 credits are granted for

        • CRIM3045 Law Enforcement Communications (A)
          • CRIM4051 Internship (W)

          Criminal Justice Skills Component: 3 credits are granted for

          • CRIM2018 Professional Responsibility or
            • PHIL3026 Ethics

Criminal Justice Major Electives : Select 6 credits

CRIM2010 Intro to Corrections
CRIM3000 Correctional Counseling
CRIM3034 Enterprise & Transnational Crime
CRIM3036 Terrorism
CRIM3040 Crime Scene & Forensics Laboratory
CRIM3041 Criminalistics
CRIM3043 Computer Crime
CRIM3046 Security Management & Loss Prevention
CRIM3052 Administration of Criminal Justice Organizations
CRIM4057 Independent Study in Criminal Justice
  Criminal Justice Major Requirements: 15 credits (select CRIM3030 or CRIM3042)

CRIM3005 Constitutional Law
CRIM3010 Criminal Law
CRIM3030 Theories of Criminal Deviance
CRIM3042 Applied Criminology
CRIM4055 Senior Capstone Experience
PSYC3011 Research Methods in Psychology
  Criminal Justice Skills: 9 credits (Select CRIM2012 or MATH1040)

CRIM2012 Analysis of Criminal Justice Data
ENGL2030 Technical Writing
ISTC2008 Introduction to Cyberspace
MATH1040 Probability & Statistics
PHIL1020 Logic