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Criminal Justice Associate of Applied Science

The AAS in Criminal Justice degree is sixty (60) credit hours in length. Included in the degree program are English, Math, and other core academic courses.   The AAS degree may be transferred to local universities for those students wishing to get a BAAS degree. Transferring students should check with the university he/she plan to transfer to for information about the number of classes that can be transferred. Experiential Credit is available for students currently working in the field of Criminal Justice. For more information, see the Department Chair.

Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science Degree, students will be able to:

  1. Exhibit critical thinking skills related to areas in the Criminal Justice Field.

  2. Demonstrate professional, ethical, respectful conduct to those of diverse cultures, customs and beliefs in stressful situations.

  3. Communicate both verbally and in writing on areas related to the criminal justice field.

  4. Demonstrate the ability to use employment strategies related to the field of criminal justice. 

This degree can be completed through a mix of face-to-face, hybrid, and online classes.  The program is designed to take two years, or 64 weeks, to complete and is comprised of the following suggested pathway or course of study.                 

Degree Requirements

First Year First Semester

ENGL 1301COMPOSITION I

3 credit hours

LANGUAGE,PHILOSOPHY AND CULTURE, OR CREATIVE ARTS ELECTIVE

3 credit hours

CRIJ 1301INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE

3 credit hours

CJSA 1348ETHICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

3 credit hours

CJSA 1317JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM

3 credit hours

Total Credit Hours:15

First Year Second Semester

MATH 1314COLLEGE ALGEBRA

3 credit hours

OR

MATH 1342ELEMENTARY STATISTICAL METHODS

3 credit hours

OR

MATH 1332CONTEMPORARY MATHEMATICS I

3 credit hours

CJSA 1325CRIMINOLOGY

3 credit hours

CJSA 1342CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

3 credit hours

CRIJ 1306COURT SYSTEMS & PRACTICES

3 credit hours

CJSA XXXXANY CRIMINAL JUSTICE ELECTIVE

3 credit hours

Total Credit Hours:15

Second Year First Semester

SPCH 1315PUBLIC SPEAKING

3 credit hours

OR

SPCH 1321BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION

3 credit hours

SOCI 1301INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

3 credit hours

CRIJ 2313CORRECTIONAL SYSTEMS & PRACTICES

3 credit hours

CRIJ 2328POLICE SYSTEMS & PRACTICES

3 credit hours

ENGL 2311TECHNICAL & BUSINESS WRITING

3 credit hours

Total Credit Hours:15

Second Year Second Semester

GOVT 2305FEDERAL GOVERNMENT (Federal constitution & topics)

3 credit hours

PSYC 2301GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY

3 credit hours

CRIJ 1310FUNDAMENTALS OF CRIMINAL LAW

3 credit hours

CJSA 2334CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

3 credit hours

CJSA 2388INTERNSHIP

3 credit hours

Total Credit Hours:15

Total Credit Hours:  60

Capstone Requirement: CJSA 2388 Internship - Criminal Justice/Safety Studies is the capstone requirement and may not be substituted. It should be taken the last semester before graduation.