Criminal Justice (A.S.)

The Criminal Justice A.S. degree prepares students for transfer intorelated programs at a four-year college or university. This degree provides introductory level instruction in the six course areas designated by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences needed for program accreditation including: a) Administration of Justice; b) Corrections; c) Criminological Theory; d) Law Adjudication; e) Law Enforcement; and f) Research and Analytic Methods.


The Criminal Justice A.S. degree objectives enable graduating students to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the contemporary criminal justice system and the administration of justice;
  • Explain the history, theory, practice, legal environment, development, and philosophy of corrections;
  • Identify the nature and causes of crime, typologies, offenders, and victims within the framework of criminological theory;
  • Review law adjudication through study of criminal law, criminal procedures, prosecution, defense, court procedures, and judicial
  • decision-making, and
  • Analyze the history, theory, practice, legal environment, organization, and subcultures of law enforcement.