What You Will Learn
What is the Criminal Justice Associate Degree?
The criminal justice associate degree is designed to prepare students for a career in the field of criminal justice, e.g. police work, probation/parole or corrections. In addition, the criminal justice minor is provided for students whose major department requires a minor.
The Criminal Justice associate degree provides a background for students interested in a career in the field of criminal justice or a related area. Federal law enforcement, state and local police work, probation and parole (juvenile and adult), and corrections are all criminal justice careers. For the student interested in a criminal justice career, a major in Sociology, Psychology, or Rehabilitation Science will enhance their credentials for employment in the expanding criminal justice arena.
What Will I Learn in This Program?
This program is designed to give students a broad prospective of the American criminal justice system. Students will gain both a theoretical understanding of the criminal justice system through the required courses while elective courses provide practical knowledge of various components of the criminal justice system.
What Courses Will I Take?
The degree requires a total of 60 credit hours. Students will take three required courses and three criminal justice electives beyond the general education requirements.
The Academic Advising Center has created maps that are term-by-term sample course schedules based on the current Undergraduate Catalog. On each Degree Map, the milestones listed to the right of each term are designed to keep students on track to graduate in two years.
What Resources Are Available To Me?
- Pre-Law Society
- Because We Can
Students pursuing a career in criminal justice are strongly encouraged to meet with a faculty advisor in the department. Our faculty has a long history of successfully preparing students for careers in criminal justice fields or graduate and professional studies.
Where Might I Find A Job After Graduating From This Program?
Students with a criminal justice degree are eminently employable. Our students have found careers as local and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, probation and parole officers, and social workers. In addition, some students have gone on to Ph.D. programs and law schools.
Where Can I Get More Information About the Criminal Justice Associate Degree?
For more information about the Criminal Justice Associate degree and requirements, see the program within the College of Arts and Humanities catalog.