2020-2021 College Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Aug 17, 2022  
2020-2021 College Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Human Services, Criminology Specialization, AAS

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G3 Eligible Program– Qualifying students may have ZERO costs for tuition, fees, and textbooks. 
Learn more at www.jtcc.edu/g3.


PURPOSE: This two-year degree prepares students for jobs in human services. Graduates will be prepared to work in the areas of social services, substance abuse, criminology, and corrections..

CREDENTIALS:  An Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is a major in a career-technical area that takes two years for full-time students to complete.  Although the purpose of an AAS degree is to gain skills for employment, some transfer institutions may accept some or all of the courses from an AAS major. By selecting specific courses in this major, students may be eligible to complete one or more of the following career studies certificates: Criminal Justice, Substance Abuse.

TRANSFER INFORMATION: This program is not intended for transfer. Students desiring to transfer should consult their academic advisors and their intended transfer institutions for specific direction in program and course selection. More information can also be found at www.jtcc.edu/academics/transfer/

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS AND SPECIAL CONDITIONS: Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. Students may need to complete placement tests in English and mathematics. Visit www.jtcc.edu/placement for all course placement options. If students have deficiencies in English and/or mathematics, JTCC offers developmental and prerequisite courses to prepare students for the curriculum.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES:  By the completion of this program, students will be expected to demonstrate an intermediate level of competency in the following skills:

  1. Describe human services theory, vocabulary, and skills needed in the field.
  2. Identify the purpose of human services and its ongoing role in working with individuals, families, groups, communities and society. 
  3. Integrate human services theory and skills into practice.
  4. Identify the major components and functions of the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, judiciary, and corrections.
  5. Identify the nature, extent, causes, consequences, and prevention of criminal behavior.

Required Courses

ADJ/HMS/MEN/General Electives

Students interested in earning a Career Studies Certificate in a specific field should enroll in the following courses or select three courses from the electives listing:

Total Minimum Credits to Complete: 67


Pre-requisite and co-requisite requirements can be found in course details.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete their ENG, MTH, and SDV requirements first.

Students with good computer skills may seek to satisfy the ITE 115 requirement by taking the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or the John Tyler Community College ITE 115 Test Challenge Exam.

Students must complete all developmental coursework before enrolling in HMS 100.

Students must complete HMS 100 with a grade of “C” or better prior to enrolling in MEN 101.

Students must complete MEN 101 with a grade of “C” or better prior to enrolling in MEN 102.

Students must obtain a grade of “C” or better in the human services sequence courses (HMS 100, MEN 101, MEN 102, MEN 190, and MEN 196 MEN 296) in order to remain in the program.

MEN 102 must be taken prior to enrolling in MEN 190 and MEN 196. MEN 190 and MEN 196, are co requisites and must be taken in the same semester. Students will complete 100 hours of practical hands-on training on site in a criminology or corrections agency or facility. Students will secure their own practicum sites prior to the start of their MEN 190 and MEN 196 classes. All internships must be approved by the Human Services and Mental Health program chair.

Students may take a Science course in place of a Math course.

Students entering the public or private sectors of human services will be subjected to criminal background and sex offender registry checks and a TB screening as a condition of their placement in a training/practicum site.  Students will be expected to cover any costs incurred for these procedures. Depending on the training practicum site additional tests may be required. Plan accordingly. This may will also be required as a condition of employment.

Students who are 18 years of age or younger may not be able to secure internship sites.  This will prevent them from completing requirements for the Human Services degrees and certificates.

Students should regularly meet with their faculty advisor and check their advisement report by accessing the Student Information System (SIS) through the myTyler portal.

To determine eligibility for a Career Studies Certificate (CSC) in Criminal Justice or Substance Abuse Assistant, students should consult their faculty advisor.  Students seeking a career studies certificate (CSC) in Bereavement and Grief Counseling must secure a practicum in the area of bereavement, grief, or a hospice facility


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