Pre-Major, Criminal Justice

Associate in Arts Degree

This pre-major is designed for the student who plans to transfer to the University of Central Florida as a junior to complete a four-year Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. If this pre-major transfers to a limited-access program, you are responsible for completing the specific requirements of the institution to which you will transfer as completion of this pre-major does not guarantee admission to an upper division limited-access program. For specific transfer information, meet with a Valencia advisor or Academic Dean to review your transfer plans, and check the transfer institution catalog for specific degree requirements. Students are strongly encouraged to take electives that relate to their intended baccalaureate degree program.  Note: this pre-major it is specifically designed for UCF and students should consider taking BSC 1011C for other universities to meet state common pre-requisites. 

This pre-major is a planned course of study that includes suggested courses in several areas: Courses to satisfy Valencia’s general education requirements for the A.A. degree, the Statewide Common Program Prerequisites for the specific upper division major, the requirements needed to transfer to the University of Central Florida, and/or another Florida public institution, and courses that have been selected by faculty as best preparation for your major but are not required for transfer.

Start Right

Degree-seeking students enrolling at Valencia for the first time will have a limited range of courses from which to choose for their first 18 college-level credits. Within the first 18 college credit hours, you will be required to take SLS 1122 (3 credits), ENC1101 (3 credits), and a mathematics course appropriate to your selected meta-major (3 credits). The remaining courses should be chosen from the General Education Core Courses in humanities (3 credits), science (3 credits), or social science (3 credits), and/or the introductory courses within the A.A. Pre-Majors (or articulated pre-majors for those tabs). For specific courses see the Foundation Courses on the “Program Requirements” tab. For course sequencing recommendations, you can create an education plan by logging into Atlas, clicking on the LifeMap tab and clicking My Education Plan.

Financial Aid

In order to be eligible for and calculated in your enrollment status for financial aid, courses for which you are enrolled must count toward your Associate in Arts degree (36 credits of general education and 24 credits of electives). Courses listed in this plan may not be eligible for and calculated in your enrollment status financial aid if you took other course work outside of this plan (examples include prior course work from prerequisites, changing a major, and transfer course work not included in this plan).

Common Prerequisites

These are courses that are required for the noted major at Florida public universities. For more information on common prerequisites, check the statewide advising manual at

Math Pathways

A Math Pathway is the recommended math course sequence that leads to completion of the General Education math requirement that a student would take within his/her Meta-Major. The Meta-Majors are a collection of eight academic clusters that have related courses. The intent of selecting a Meta-Major is to help you choose a major and degree based on your interests, knowledge, skills and abilities. The recommended math pathway for this transfer plan is the Arts/Humanities/Communications/Design path; see the program requirements tab for specific courses. Advisors are available on all campuses to discuss Meta-Majors and to help you review transfer institution catalogs for specific math requirements.

Program Outcomes

  • Apply knowledge of criminal law, constitutional law, and juvenile law to criminal scenarios.
  • Communicate criminal justice concepts through oral and written formats.
  • Analyze life long ethical and professional responsibilities of criminal justice personnel in the administration of justice.
  • Examine the interaction between police organizations, the courts, corrections, and the community in the administration of justice.
  • Select the appropriate techniques and practices common to particular types of criminal investigations.
  • Demonstrate readiness for transfer

Foundation Requirements 

or SPC 1017 Interpersonal Communication
ENC 1102Freshman Comp II +*~3
SLS 1122New Student Experience ~3
Humanities Credits
HumanitiesSee Gen. Ed. Core Requirement ~3
HumanitiesSee Gen. Ed. Institutional Requirement (GR) +*~3
MathematicsSee Gen. Ed. Core Requirement +*~3
Mathematics See Gen. Ed. Core or Institutional Requirements3
ScienceSee Gen. Ed. Core Requirement ~3
ScienceSee Gen. Ed. Core or Institutional Requirement ~3
Social Science
SYG 2000Introductory Sociology +~3
or PSY 2012 General Psychology
Social ScienceSee Gen. Ed. Institutional Requirement (GR) +*~3
Foundation Criminal Justice Courses
CCJ 1020Intro to Criminal Justice3
CCJ 1010Criminology3
Intermediate Criminal Justice Courses
CJL 2102Criminal Evidence and Proc3
CJL 2100Criminal Law3
CCJ 2053Ethics in Criminal Justice3
Criminal Justice Specializations9
Total Credit Hours60

Homeland Security Specialization 

DSC 1006Intro to Homeland Security3
Total Credit Hours9

Law Enforcement Specialization 

CJE 2000Policing Systems & Procedures3
CJE 2600Criminal Investigation3
Total Credit Hours9

Corrections Specialization 

CJC 2000Introduction to Corrections3
CJJ 2001Juvenile Justice Systems3
Total Credit Hours9

Peace and Justice in Criminal Justice Specialization 

PAX 1000Introduction to Peace Studies3
CJE 2062Peace, Conflict and the Police3
CJE 2160Multicultural Law Enforcement3
Total Credit Hours9

Hospitality Security Specialist Specialization 

Total Credit Hours9


Specialized courses may not be offered every session on every campus.