Catalog 2023-24 
    Jul 12, 2024  
Catalog 2023-24 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice AAS

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Degree and Certificate Programs

Two-Year Associate of Applied Science Degree

This degree is offered to students interested in criminal justice and related careers. Students will gain exposure to a broad curriculum of criminal justice studies which stress both practical knowledge and theory.

Students will be academically qualified for positions requiring a two-year degree in fields such as law enforcement, corrections, and related fields. This degree may also prepare students for transfer to a four-year college or university for further study in criminal justice or a related field.

For more information about the program, please see our program page:

Credit for Prior Learning

This program may provide prior learning credit and extended learning opportunities for persons previously or currently employed in related professions.
For more information:

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Explain the criminal justice system in terms of how various elements interact to accomplish the mission of the criminal justice system.
  • Interpret case law and statutes pertaining to specific criminal justice roles.
  • Describe the constitutional rights of citizens, offenders, and victims as they apply to state, federal, and procedural laws.
  • Identify legal and moral responsibilities of criminal justice professionals as they relate to cultural diversity and establishing positive community relationships.
  • Describe the dynamics of interviews and interrogations to as they relate to conducting effective investigations.
  • Recognize behaviors that indicate substance abuse and/or mental health issues during encounters with individuals.

Program Requirements

Number of credit hours necessary for completion: 93

Required Courses

Student Success


Oral Communication


For information about placement in a writing course, please refer to the: Writing Pathway .


Students must select one course in this general education requirement. 

For information about placement in a math course, please refer to the: Math Curriculum Pathway .

Arts and Letters

A minimum of three Arts and Letters credits are required from these options.

Social Sciences

A minimum of three Social Sciences credits are required from these options.

Science / Math / Computer Science

A minimum of eight Science/Math/Computer Science credits are required from these options.

Health and Wellness

Student must select one course in this requirement.

Arts and Letters course options

Social Sciences Additional Course Options

Science / Math / Computer Science Additional Course Options

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Degree and Certificate Programs