The Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice offers you a basic foundation in criminal justice theory and concepts, legal issues, terrorism, and law enforcement objectives and administration. This associate degree program is designed to help you develop new skills necessary for a career in law enforcement or criminal justice, or to enhance your knowledge gained on the job if you are already employed as a law enforcement officer, investigator, agent, criminologist, or in other law-enforcement related fields.

Our criminal justice programs are among the most popular at the university, bringing you peer interactions and an expanded network of criminal justice professionals who are dedicated to safeguarding their communities and nation. Courses in this program are taught by highly credentialed and experienced instructors, many who hold key positions in government agencies or criminal justice organizations.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning outcomes objectives, the Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. Graduates in this degree program will be able to:

  • Examine historical, philosophical, and constitutional perspectives/limitations of law enforcement.
  • Describe the collection and preservation of evidence in basic crime scene investigations.
  • Identify the origins of modern terrorism, its impact on society, and the impact of cross-cultural communication.
  • Differentiate the criminological, sociological, legal, and political influences on the American criminal justice system.
  • Restate theories of juvenile delinquency.

Degree at a Glance

First Course Requirement3
General Education Requirements34
Core Requirements21
Final Program Requirements3
Elective Requirements0
Total Semester Hours61

Degree Program Requirements

First Course Requirement (3 semester hours)

COLL100Foundations of Online Learning 13
Total Semester Hours3

Required as the first course in all undergraduate programs.

General Education Requirements (34 semester hours)

English (6 semester hours)
ENGL101Proficiency in Writing (Required)3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Effectiveness in Writing
Composition and Literature
History (6 semester hours)
Select 2 courses from the following:6
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
Humanities (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Arabic I
Art Appreciation
Public Speaking
French I
French II
German I
German II
Human Relations Communication
Introduction to Japanese
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Ethics
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Literature (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following: 13
World Literature through the Renaissance
World Literature since the Renaissance
English Literature: Beowulf to18th Century
English Literature: 18th Century to Present
American Literature before The Civil War
American Literature from The Civil War to Present
Mathematics (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
College Algebra
College Trigonometry
Introduction to Statistics
Math for Liberal Arts Majors
Political Science (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
International Relations I
American Government I
Science (4 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:4
Habitable Worlds Are We Alone with Lab
Introduction to Biology with Lab
Introduction to Chemistry with Lab
Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab
Introduction to Physics with Lab
Introduction to Astronomy with Lab
Introduction to Meteorology with Lab
Introduction to Physical Geology with Lab
Introduction to Environmental Science with Lab
Physics I with Lab (Prerequisite: MATH225 - Calculus)
Physics II with Lab (Prerequisite: MATH226 - Calculus II)
Social Sciences (6 semester hours)
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Introduction to Geography
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Total Semester Hours34

All literature courses require successful completion of ENGL101 - Proficiency in Writing.

Core Requirements (21 semester hours)

CMRJ100Introduction to Law Enforcement3
CMRJ101Evidence and Procedures3
CMRJ201Criminal Justice Administration3
CMRJ206Juvenile Delinquency3
COMM240Intercultural Communication3
EDMG230Emergency and Disaster Incident Command3
LSTD204Introduction to the Courts3
Total Semester Hours21

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

CMRJ295Criminal Justice Sophomore Seminar (to be taken as the last course before graduation)3
Total Semester Hours3

Elective Requirements (0 semester hours)

There are no elective requirements for this degree.0
Total Semester Hours0