Criminal Justice Focus

Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA)

Criminal Justice Focus

About The Program

Modern law enforcement is a highly competitive  career field.  The more  education you have, the better your chance of employment and  advancement.  Prepare for entry-level employment in law enforcement  agencies and in some correctional facilities.  People working within those areas can use the program to enhance their skills.

For a roadmap that identifies the preferred sequencing of courses and other specific recommendations from faculty, please see the corresponding program map(s):

Degree Requirements  

Recommended Electives

CJ& 101 Intro to Criminal Justice 5
CJ& 110 Criminal Law 5
CJ 154 The American Legal System 5
CJ 181 Report Writing for Law Enforcement 3
CJ 184 Administration of Justice 5
CJ 260 Physical Evidence/Criminalistics 5

Diversity and Distribution Lists are available in the Lower Columbia College Catalog located at

Total transferable credits required to earn this degree: 90 in courses numbered 100 or above with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0.  A course cannot be credited toward more than one distribution or skill area.

Students completing this program should acquire the following skills and abilities:

AA DTA Outcomes

Upon the completion of the AA DTA, students will be prepared for transfer to a four-year institution for the student's intended career pathway, and have the following skills and abilities:

Global Skills (assessed at degree level):

  • Communication: Express ideas and information in writing and speaking in a manner that is clear and appropriate to the audience, and read and listen effectively.
  • Critical thinking: Apply objective, valid methods of inquiry and problem-solving to draw rational, ethical, and coherent conclusions.
  • Interpersonal relations: Interact effectively with individuals and/or within groups.
  • Numeracy: Achieve competency with numbers and graphical skills to interpret and communicate quantifiable information, and apply mathematical and statistical skills in practical and abstract contexts.

General education outcomes (assessed at course level):

  • Diversity: Examine the causes and expressions of difference, power, and discrimination.
  • Humanities: Explore how people process, document, and express their social and cultural experience.
  • Social Science: Examine society, behavior, and relationships among individuals within a society.
  • Natural Science: Develop familiarity with various aspects of the physical world and scientific explanations of observed phenomena.

Area of study outcomes:

  • Effectively communicate in writing.
  • Prepare to take the Civil Service test.
  • Understand the function of the legal system from the civil and criminal justice perspective.
  • Apply basic investigative techniques in gathering and  identifying crime scene evidence.
  • Gain insight and awareness of the essential elements of community policing and problem solving.
  • Understand how our criminal justice system evolved and how it functions.
  • Identify and examine how the various agencies involved in the administration of justice interact.
  • Demonstrate and explain the principles of criminal law including crimes against persons and property.
Revised June 2023 (Effective Summer 2023)


Program planning is based on information available at the time of preparation. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with their LCC advisor and with an advisor at the college to which they plan to transfer for specific requirements. Consult the LCC catalog for LCC graduation requirements.

Most four-year universities require one year of a single foreign language as a graduation requirement.

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