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.

Program Objectives

  • Develop students’ understanding of the criminal justice system.
  • Identify and analyze institutions, laws, theories, and players that make up the criminal justice system.
  • Through degree completion, demonstrate the depth of knowledge sought by employers in the criminal justice field.
  • Prepare for continued study in the field.

The Associate of Science in Criminal Justice degree program consists of a total of 20 courses:

General Education

English Composition and Oral Communication 2 Courses 6 Credits
Mathematics & Statistics 1 Course 3 Credits
Natural Sciences 1 Course 3 Credits
Critical Reasoning 1 Course 3 Credits
Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 Courses 9 Credits
Humanities 2 Courses 6 Credits
Major Electives 6 Courses 18 Credits
General Electives 4 Courses 12 Credits

General Education Requirements:

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

  • It is not directly related to students’ formal technical, vocational, or professional preparation;
  • 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.

Through NCU’s general education courses, students will acquire the breadth of knowledge characteristic of a liberal arts education.

A.S. in Criminal Justice Major Electives Six Courses (18 Credits)

The major electives are designed to develop experience in the discipline and may be met by approved transfer credit courses or through the recommended NCU courses.

General Electives Four Courses (12 Credits)

In order to develop additional depth and breadth in their major, students are encouraged to take intermediate or advanced courses in discipline-related areas. General elective courses may be met by approved transfer credit courses or by the recommended NCU courses and may not duplicate courses that meet any other curriculum requirement.

A.S. in Criminal Justice Recommended Degree Plan

Associate of Science in Criminal Justice

Term Course No. Academic Strategies Credits
1 PF101 Composition I 3
CS110 Introduction to Computers 3
PF102 Professionalism 3
MA125 College Algebra 3
2 CM220 Presentation Skills 3
EN111 Composition 3
CJ316 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
GS150 General Biology 3
3 PY141 General Psychology 3
HI171 Western Civilization I 3
CJ126 Corrections 3
PF280 Diversity and Inclusion 3
4 SO241 General Sociology 3
CJ256 Private Security 3
EN221 American Literature I 3
CJ261 Criminology 3
5 CM365 Developing Critical Thinking Skills 3
CJ265 Juveniles in the Justice System 3
CJ266 Criminal Investigation 3
CM458 Conflict Management 3
 Total Credits Required for Associate’s Degree: 60