Criminal Justice - Associate Degree Program Manager

Prepare for a Rewarding Career in a Growing Field

In as little as two-years graduate with a degree that will launch a career for a lifetime!

According the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics job opportunities in the criminal justice field are growing. Spread across many different career fields ­– not everyone with a criminal justice degree goes on to become a police officer.

While you may find yourself working in state or local law enforcement, there are also career opportunities in the federal government, corrections facilities, forensics, courtrooms and law firms, higher education, nonprofit organizations, corporations and many other industries.

Our online or in-class program will give you the skills and knowledge required to start your career in this expanding field, or continue your criminal justice education at a four-year university to pursue your bachelor's degree.



Criminal Justice Professions Include:

Police Officer • Corrections Officer • Private Investigator • Bailiff • Probation Officer • Paralegal • Information Security Analyst • Lawyer • Legal Assistant • Youth Corrections Counselor • Substance Abuse Counselor • Security Guard • Dispatcher

Curriculum Summary



Term 1 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
SIT203 Basic Office Software Applications3
COM108 Communications and Social Interaction3
ENG108 English Composition3
CRJ101 Introduction to Criminal Justice3

Term 2 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
ENG215 Analytical Writing3
HUM140 Critical Thinking in the Modern Age3
CRJ115 Introduction to Criminal Law3
PSY105 Introduction to Psychology3

Term 3 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
MTH145 College Algebra and Trigonometry3
CRJ111 Essentials of Criminology3
COM222 Intercultural Communications3
CRJ201 Theories of Juvenile Delinquency3

Term 4 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
CRJ205 Introduction to Corrections3
SOC103 Introduction to Sociology3
CRJ210 Policing in the United States3
MTH207 Statistics3

Term 5 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
BEH105 CPR and First Aid1
CSC239 Cyber Law, Ethics and Society3
CRJ225 Elements of Criminal Investigation3
HUM130 Society and Finance3

Term 6 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
CRJ245 Introduction fo Scientific Crime Detection3
CRJ235 Private Security Procedures3

Term 1 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
SIT203 Basic Office Software Applications3
COM108 Communications and Social Interaction3
ENG108 English Composition3
CRJ101 Introduction to Criminal Justice3

Term 2 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
ENG215 Analytical Writing3
HUM140 Critical Thinking in the Modern Age3
CRJ115 Introduction to Criminal Law3
PSY105 Introduction to Psychology3

Term 3 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
MTH145 College Algebra and Trigonometry3
CRJ111 Essentials of Criminology3
COM222 Intercultural Communications3
CRJ201 Theories of Juvenile Delinquency3

Term 4 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
CRJ205 Introduction to Corrections3
SOC103 Introduction to Sociology3
CRJ210 Policing in the United States3
MTH207 Statistics3

Term 5 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
BEH105 CPR and First Aid1
CSC239 Cyber Law, Ethics and Society3
CRJ225 Elements of Criminal Investigation3
HUM130 Society and Finance3

Term 6 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
CRJ245 Introduction fo Scientific Crime Detection3
CRJ235 Private Security Procedures3

Program Objectives

Students who major in Criminal Justice study a number of legal models and theories that combine to form a comprehensive view of our modern police and court system.  Coursework emphasizes the way criminal justice has evolved since the United States gained its independence, the role of the constitution in formulating and adapting the law of the land, and understanding how social policy influences the demands of the system. As technology continues to evolve, the need to manage crime differently is an ongoing issue, so specific attention is paid to the way science has changed the way evidence is used in the justice system. Additionally, the ability to communicate effectively is highlighted as a way to improve relations between the public and the representatives of the legal of the legal system, expecially within the context of different cultures.

Bachelor's Degree:  Graduates in this program of study may choose to further their education by pursuing a bachelor's degree at a number of universities.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Upon successful completion of this program of study, graduates should be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the origins of criminal behavior, society's response to crime, and the consequences of crime in society.
  • Exhibit the highest levels of professional communication skills and intercultural behaviors.
  • Develop a critical self-awareness to understand the influence of personal biases and values when interacting with diverse groups.
  • Identify ways in which oppression, privilege, discrimination, and social and economic disadvantage contribute to inequalities and injustices within the criminal justice system.
  • Critically evaluate issues and concepts related to criminal justice.
  • Evaluate the credibility of research data as well as sources of information.
  • Foster the development of ethical standards.

Criminal Justice
Associate in Science (A.S.)
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