Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice Program is designed to develop law enforcement professionals, other criminal justice personnel and others who, after completion of the two-year program, will be prepared to continue their studies in fields such as police administration, public administration, legal studies, and management. 
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
 
  • Discuss the field of criminal justice including police organization, administration and management systems.
  • Demonstrate basic forensic procedures.
  • State their ethical responsibilities for the field of criminal justice and for their role as an officer of the law.
  • Communicate effectively in writing, verbal and electronic formats with particular emphasis on police reports.
  • Apply problem solving skills to specific criminal justice situations.
  • Discuss the social and psychological characteristics of offenders.

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Paralegal Studies

As defined by the American Bar Association, “A paralegal is a person qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.”
The paralegal studies program at Union County College is designed to prepare graduates for a variety of paralegal job opportunities. The utilization of paralegals improves the efficiency, economy and availability of legal services. A paralegal performs substantive legal work under the direct supervision of an attorney.
Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
 
The Associate in Applied Science Degree Option will prepare students to enter the paralegal work force with the requisite skills or to transfer to a four-year institution to complete their baccalaureate degree. 
The specific objectives of this program are that the student will be able to:
 
  • Examine the roles played by paralegals in the American legal system, particularly the ethical regulations concerning the practice of law;
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills;
  • Effectively communicate with others in a diverse society, maintaining a professional manner and client confidence;
  • Conduct legal research and other fact-gathering activities including client interviews and investigations using current and emerging technologies;
  • Demonstrate the ability to write clearly and accurately according to the standards of the legal profession;
  • Recognize the similarities and differences among the general areas of law;
  • Discuss the basic tenets of the diverse subjects of law, define the legal terms related to these areas, and prepare the documents related to these specialties;
  • Analyze and evaluate the relevant legal issues presented in various fact patterns;
  • Prepare various documents in preparation for litigation and post-trial practice;
  • Incorporate computer technology in law office management and data compilation systems.
Transfer Policy: Prospective students may transfer no more than 30 credits, and no more than 12 credits of legal specialty courses, into Associates in Applied Science degree program, and only with the approval of the Program Director.

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American Sign Language and Deaf Studies

The American Sign Language and Deaf Studies Degree Program is designed for individuals who do not have a college degree and are interested in the field of Deaf Studies, linguistics, communications, psychology, social work, rehabilitation, education of the Deaf and other related areas. The program provides a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approach in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies. Areas of scholarly pursuit include cultural and historical studies, linguistic examination, and literary analysis, as well as the study of the language in its conversational form. Graduates will be prepared for entry-level positions working with Deaf persons or transfer to four-year degree programs. This program can be completed either as a part-time or full-time student in a day or evening program.

Students are admitted to the ASL and Deaf Studies Program when they have demonstrated English competency and have satisfactorily completed the two semesters of the Pre-entry-level. Students are required to have satisfactorily completed ENG 101 and ENG 102 before taking ASL 201 (ASL 3) and ASL 205 (Linguistics of ASL).

Deaf and Hard of Hearing students are encouraged to participate in this program.

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American Sign Language – English Interpreting

The American Sign Language-English Interpreting Program is designed for individuals who are interested in the field of American Sign Language-English Interpreting. The program provides a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approach of instruction. The five-semester program (after the pre-entry-level is completed) is designed to equip students with knowledge and skills for entry-level sign language interpreting. Areas of scholarly pursuit include cultural and historical studies, linguistic examination, and literary analysis, as well as the study of the language in its conversational form. The courses within the program are geared to preparing students for evaluation for certification through the National Association of the Deaf – Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf National Interpreters Certificate. Graduates will be prepared for entry-level interpreting positions working with Deaf persons or transfer to four-year degree programs. This program can be completed either as a part-time or full-time student in a day or evening program.

Students are admitted to the American Sign Language-English Interpreting Program when they have demonstrated English competency and have satisfactorily completed the Pre-entry-level courses of American Sign Language.

 
The specific objectives of this program are that the graduate must be able to:
 
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of American Sign Language and English with members of the Deaf community.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the studies of American Sign Language as a distinct modern language, including scholarly pursuit of cultural and historical studies, linguistics, and literary analysis. 
  • Explain the social and cultural characteristics of American Deaf Culture, general and diverse American culture.
  • Identify and analyze the psychological and social factors affecting diverse populations within the Deaf community. 
  • State the ethical and professional standards of interpreters working in the field with Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons. 
  • Examine the types of interpretation and translation and the processes of interpretation, using theoretical models. 
  • Demonstrate the skills and process tasks of American Sign Language-English interpretation.
  • Explain and analyze the field of interpretation from an historical perspective. 
  • Analyze contemporary issues in the field of interpreting and the Deaf community. 
  • Demonstrate effective written, spoken, and signed communication skills.
  • Demonstrate the skills and motivation for continued self-education.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills, with emphasis on using community resources to solve specific problems.
  • Analyze one’s rights and responsibilities as a professional and/or a citizen in a world community.

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Audio Production

The Audio Production program is designed to provide students with a solid foundation for further study and employment in the growing field of Audio Production.

As a transfer program, the program provides a foundation in academic and general studies courses, which prepare students for further study at four-year programs in this discipline both locally and nationally.

Additionally, the program intends to create graduates with the requisite training and skills to begin working with industry standard equipment and software to compose and record their own compositions and compete for entry-level positions in the field.

Other Communications Degrees Include:

  • Communications
  • Film
  • Game Design Creation
  • Journalism
  • Multimedia
  • Public Relations
  • Radio
  • Television

Specifically, graduates must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • recount the history of audio recording technology;
  • in conducting research, understand the importance of qualifying source material, using time honored structures such as peer review and disciplinary standards;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the recording industry as a business;
  • a level of comfort and proficiency with standard productivity software such as Adobe Audition, Cubase SX and Pro Tools, as well as an understanding of the ways in which these tools are applied
  • in the audio production field;
  • the ability to understand and apply all phases of audio production in the contemporary music studio environment;
  • identify the fundamental process and sequence involved in the production of audio composition;
  • identify the different roles and responsibilities of the recording studio
  • identify the historical development of musical performance;
  • understand the essentials of audio engineering, the fundamentals of digital imaging and video editing for New Media applications.

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Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management

The Hotel, Tourism and Restaurant Management program provides Union County College students with a strong business and customer service foundation required for careers in this dynamic and expanding, hotel, restaurant, and tourism industries. 
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
  • Develop critical thinking, decision making, problem solving skills, and strategic planning.
  • Practice interpersonal and communication skills appropriate to function effectively in a diverse society. 
  • Apply knowledge of basic computer concepts to their use in the hospitality industry.
  • Discuss the hospitality management code of ethics.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform necessary elements of management within the hotel, restaurant, and tourism industries.
  • Appropriately use current equipment associated with hospitality management including planning its arrangement, operation, and maintenance.
  • Discuss sales, marketing, and hotel front office management in the hospitality industry, along with food and beverage operations.
  • Communicate effectively in writing, verbal and electronic formats.
  • Be skilled in teamwork, quality improvements, and the ability to make educated decisions in this ever changing, complex, international industry.
Consultation with the Coordinator of the Hospitality Management program is advised.

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Physical Therapist Assistant

This is a 68-credit Associate in Applied Science degree program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. It is designed to prepare individuals for employment in physical therapy settings under the supervision of a Physical Therapist. Graduates are eligible to take the national licensure examination necessary for practice as a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA).
 
Course work prepares the student to perform basic physical therapy procedures and should not be considered as a direct vehicle of study towards an entry-level physical therapy academic program. The program demands that students attend classes full-time during the day. Hours for clinical practice may vary and travel to the clinical setting is the responsibility of the student.
 
Specific goals of the program:
 
  • To prepare individuals for employment in physical therapy settings under the supervision of a Physical therapist.
  • To work under the supervision of a physical therapist in an ethical, legal, safe and effective manner.
  • To provide, in addition to general education and basic science courses, a combination of didactic and clinical learning experiences offered in an integrated and sequential manner to assure entry level proficiency.
 
The specific objectives of this program are that the graduate must be able to demonstrate:
 
  • The ability to demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills in the health care setting using appropriate measurement and assessment techniques using the knowledge of indications and contraindications of the disease process.
  • The ability to appropriately observe and report important patient responses by recognizing abnormal and normal responses to interventions and by recognizing the need for intervention modification in response to observations.
  • The ability to understand the rights and responsibilities of returning the individual with a disability as a functioning member within the community, using knowledge of the federal regulations regarding Americans with Disabilities.
  • Basic competency in carrying out interventions by obtaining necessary medical information, organizing the intervention programs, altering the interventions appropriately, and by demonstrating knowledge of indications and contraindications in the patient care.
  • The ability to communicate effectively with the supervising therapist, appropriate medical personnel, families and patients, using appropriate oral and written medical terminology and recording this information in the patient record.
  • The awareness of the current social, political and economic aspects of health care by demonstrating appropriate assessment of the treatment plan’s effectiveness and timely recommendation for the reevaluation of the patient by the physical therapist.
  • The ability to perform appropriate measure­ment and assessment techniques within the knowledge and limits of practice to assist the supervising physical therapists in monitoring and modifying the plan of care.
  • To be critical consumers of the literature through critical analyzes and discussion.
  • To be an active contributor in the health care system and community.
  • To accept responsibility for continuous professional development.

Communications

The Communications curriculum is designed for transfer to a bachelor’s program in communications or related discipline. Options are available for students who have decided that they are particularly interested in a certain field. Faculty advisors are available in the Communications program and students are encouraged to consult with a faculty advisor regarding appropriate option and course selection for their needs and interests.
 
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
 
  • Communicate orally and in writing in college level discourse 
  • Discuss and analyze current social and political issues and events
  • Demonstrate proficiency with productivity software such as word processing, presentation manager, web browser and apply them in the field of communications
  • Explain the importance of committing to a process of life-long learning 
  • Compare and contrast prevalent cultural narratives and texts and the various media used to convey them 
Other Communications Degrees Include:
 
  • Audio Production
  • Film
  • Game Design Creation
  • Journalism
  • Multimedia
  • Public Relations
  • Radio
  • Television

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Illustration/Fine Arts

Option offered through Liberal Arts
The Fine Arts Option in Illustration is a Liberal Arts transfer-oriented curriculum that provides students, through a core of visual arts/illustration-related courses, a theoretical and practical understanding of the commercial art area of illustration. Utilizing skills and techniques learned through a combined lecture/studio experience, students are taught to creatively differentiate between product, journalistic, and advertising forms of illustration. Considerable time is focused on learning specific studio media and techniques including the use of pencil and dry media, pen and ink, watercolor, oil, gouache, tempera, and acrylic paint. Study also includes concentration on beginning and advanced visual problem-solving through use of illustration software in a Macintosh laboratory environment.
 
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
 
  • State the techniques and materials commonly used in textural and figurative depictions.
  • Create art work utilizing a variety of media including watercolor, colored pencil, ink wash and gouache.
  • State the critical, aesthetic and historic approaches to illustration.
  • Utilize computers and digital software to prepare illustrations.
  • Create a portfolio of work that demonstrates competency in illustration.

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Psychology

Option offered through Liberal Arts
This program is for those students who wish to transfer to a four-year institution and major in Psychology. 
 
The specific objectives of this program are that the graduate must be able to:
 
  • demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  • understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  • respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
  • understand, develop insights, and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues. 
  • weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.
  • demonstrate information competence, ability to use computers and other technology, and an ability to communicate effectively in a variety of formats. 
  • recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.

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