The Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice provides a directed path of study for transfer to institutions offering baccalaureate and degrees in Criminal Justice and Criminology. The degree also provides the academic background required to secure entry level employment options in a variety of criminal justice and human service positions.
CORE 42 is a statewide general education course of study intended to ensure that all graduates possess a common core of college-level skills and knowledge. CORE 42 specifies the basic competencies and knowledge areas that all students completing degrees at a Missouri public institution of higher education must complete. CORE 42 is comprised of dozens of courses distributed across five knowledge areas. These courses are designated with a Missouri Transfer (MOTR) course number, which guarantees the one-to-one transfer of these courses among all Missouri public institutions of higher education. Please refer to MDHE Core Transfer Curriculumfor detailed information on CORE 42 courses.
All knowledge areas below, designated with the CORE 42 logo, indicate all courses in that area have been evaluated and provided a MOTR number for transfer to all Missouri public institutions of higher education.
Any course with an approved MOTR number or additional hours from a MOTR approved course can be utilized to fulfill the Core electives requirement. Credit received from an OTC course may be greater than the MOTR transfer equivalency. The additional credit provided form OTC for a MOTR approved course will move the additional credit to the Core electives (e.g. CHM 160 at OTC = 4 credit hours, MOTR equivalency = 3 credit hours; additional 1 hour moved to Core electives).
The A.A. Criminal Justice degree at OTC requires the completion of 62 credit hours. The 6 elective hours for this category can consist of any course numbered 100 or higher from any area of study that a student is eligible to enroll. For the most accurate transferability of a course, a student should contact teh institution to which they plan to transfer.