2020-2021 Pierce College Catalog 
    Jul 18, 2024  
2020-2021 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Explorer Cadet Pre-Law Enforcement Certificate Course Map

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Created by Pierce faculty, this map outlines the initial coursework for this career field. It provides you a clear path to complete your certificate by listing a specific set of courses relevant to your program and career. The map is designed with the appropriate number of credits and meets certificate requirements. Courses are organized in a recommended sequence; please schedule accordingly. If a course is unavailable, select the next appropriate course within the sequence. For each course, a purpose statement explains how the content relates to your career field. On this map, there may be instances when you will be required to select a course from several options. Use these purpose statements and notes to choose the course that best aligns with your interests and needs. You will also find action items to complete to assure you progress and graduate on time. While this map is a great guide to courses required to complete the Explorer Cadet Pre-Law Enforcement Certificate, you are responsible for fulfilling all certificate requirements. Questions? Your Success Network is ready to help you!


The following Criminal Justice courses have changed to Common Course numbering:

Old Course Number New Course Number
CJ 112 – Criminal Justice in America CJ& 101 – Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJ 115 – Juvenile Justice System CJ& 106 – Juvenile Justice
CJ 202 – Concepts of Criminal Law CJ& 110 – Criminal Law
CJ 205 – Investigative Technology CJ& 240 – Introduction to Forensic Science

1. College Success

  • Course purpose: A foundational course to explore and affirm a career choice and build upon the skills, knowledge, and resources that will support you at Pierce College and beyond.


  • Note: The College Success course you select will depend on the Career Pathway Map you are following. Your advisor will assist you in selecting either the 3- or 5- credit version of the course. Should you choose to repeat a College Success course you must enroll in a College Success course with the same credit amount as the original course; a COLLG 110 course grade can only be replaced with a grade from another COLLG 110 course and a COLLG 115 course grade can only be replaced with a grade from another COLLG 115 course.

2. Criminal Justice: Success Seminar

  • Course purpose: This course is an introduction to success in the CJ program. It will cover education plans, navigating through Pierce College, and how to be successful in the culminating project. You will learn about professional standards and employment requirements. It should be taken within the first two quarters.

3. Policing in America

  • Course purpose: Policing is a huge part of the justice system and a great career opportunity. This course will help you with the history of policing and its impact on the citizens the system serves as well as what is currently occurring in our policing systems and where it might change in the future. Often our understanding of Law Enforcement is different from what it is. This class will help to bridge those two truths.

Action Item: Meet with Advisor

Use your Success Network! In your first quarter, meet with your advisor to revisit your career and transfer path, make adjustments to your goals as needed, and plan for your next steps.

4. English Composition I

  • Course purpose: Writing is an important aspect of criminal justice. You will be writing infractions, court documents, depositions, etc. Your ability to write will influence the systems view of your skills and ability, as well as the public’s perception of you as a professional. In addition it will strengthen your work in your academic career.


  • Note: Your advisor will assist you in reviewing your Guided Self Placement and selecting either the 5-credit or the 7-credit co-requisite ENGL& 101 + ENGLC 101 course. 

5. Introduction to Criminal Justice

  • Course purpose: This course gives an overview of theories and the major elements of the criminal justice system. You will be able to speak across the justice system and understand how the different elements (law enforcement, courts, corrections and support agencies) work together, or don’t at times.

6. Crime and Justice

  • Course purpose: This class deals with how to respond to culture conflict and is steeped heavily in social justice and multiculturalism. You will learn hands-on skills to communicate with others who may not believe as you do. It is important as a criminal justice professional to address your biases prior to getting into the field. Your job is to serve all citizens, no matter your personal beliefs. This class will help you do just that.

Action Item: Apply for Graduation

Way to go! It is time to apply for graduation. Visit the Pierce College Graduation website for details. https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/graduation


7. Public Speaking

  • Course purpose: This is the course where you get to put your theory and content from your classes to practice in the field. It includes 180 hours of volunteer work in a criminal justice agency that is pre-approved by instructor. You must search for the site up to 6 months in advanced.

8. Work Based Learning

  • Course purpose: This is the course where you get to put your theory and content from your classes to practice in the field. It includes 180 hours of volunteer work in a criminal justice agency that is pre-approved by instructor. You must search for the site up to 6 months in advanced.  For the Cadet/Explorer Certificate you may use the hours you are actually volunteering in the community. This is the time outside of your training. For example in Olympia the Olympia Police Explorers help with traffic on the Toys for Tots toy run. Pierce County Cadets often help with parking at the local fairs.

9. Operational Skills

  • Course purpose: You will take this course if you are interested in Cadet/Explorer, where you will be volunteering as a Police explorer or cadet and will include all the time that you put into your weekly trainings as well as your academy. You must successfully complete one academy to complete this course.

10. Culminating Project

  • Course purpose: In this course you will prove that you have met all the outcomes of this certificate. You will have an opportunity to show us what you have done in a 20 minute PowerPoint presentation to the criminal justice and Pierce College community. It is an exciting experience to see the great growth you have had at Pierce College.

11. Problem Based Research

  • Course purpose: This class will assist you with your academic research and citation. This is not only imperative for your success in academic writing, but it also will help you research best practices and validate your evidence in order to best serve the community by making changes in the system. Information that is not credible can create more hurt in our system and to our citizens.

Total Credits: 42

Program Code: 832E

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