The Associate of Science in Criminal Justice degree program presents the major components
of the criminal justice system, including criminal behavior, law enforcement organizations
and systems, legal principles, and fundamentals of criminal investigation.

This program serves the challenging professional growth needs of each element of the
criminal justice system as well as providing a step up the ladder for students who plan
to continue toward a Bachelor’s degree.

The Associate of Science in Criminal Justice degree requires completion of twenty (20)
courses for sixty (60) credits. The same course may not be used to fulfill multiple requirements
in general education or major areas of this degree program.


  • Develop students’ understanding of the criminal justice system.
  • Identify and analyze institutions, laws, theories, and players that make up the criminal justice system.
  • Demonstrates a general knowledge of the entry-level concepts, practices and skill sets associated with the criminal justice field.
  • Prepare for continued study in the field of criminal justice.

General Education Requirements

The general education component is designed to emphasize cognitive development and is “general” in the following ways:

  • It is part of an ongoing desire of the institution to enhance critical thinking, research, and writing across the curriculum;
  • It is a part of every student’s course of study, regardless of his/her area of emphasis; and
  • It is intended to impart common knowledge, intellectual concepts, and attitudes that provide a foundation upon which students can build a rewarding educational experience.


Course Course Name Prerequisites Credits
CJ101* Introduction to Criminal Justice None 3
CJ126 Corrections CJ101 3
CJ256 Private Security CJ101 3
CJ261* Criminology CJ101 3
CJ265 Juveniles in the Justice System CJ101 3
CJ266 Criminal Investigation CJ101 3
CJ321 Leadership in Criminal Justice CJ101 3
CJ341* Ethical Behavior in the Criminal Justice System CJ101 3
CM110 Developing Critical Thinking Skills None 3
CM220 Presentation Skills None 3
CM285* Diversity and Inclusion None 3
CS110 Introduction to Computers None 3
EN111 Composition I None 3
EN112 Composition II EN111 3
GS150 General Biology None 3
HI171 World Civilization I None 3
MA125 College Algebra None 3
PF101* Academic Strategies None 3
PY141 General Psychology None 3
SO241 General Sociology None 3
Total Credits Required 60

*15 semester credits may be credited toward degree from documentation of police academy or military MP completion.