Purpose: The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Criminal Justice is designed with a three-fold purpose: (1) to prepare graduates for entry level positions relevant to law enforcement, (2) to prepare students for upper division coursework at universities and colleges where a bachelor’s degree is desired, and (3) to respond to the growing demand of law enforcement employees seeking to upgrade their skills and knowledge base for career advancement with a college degree.
Career Opportunities: Graduates of the program will be qualified for positions such as detectives and criminal investigators, correctional officers and jailers, forensic science technicians and protective service workers including TSA agents, security systems personnel, homeland security officers, reserve officer, safety officers, intake worker positions, jail transport officers.
Program Education Outcomes: Upon completion of the Associate in Applies Science Degree in the Criminal Justice Program, the graduate is prepared to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the sociological and psychological theories of crime causation and evaluation of human behavior.
- Apply critical thinking and problem solving techniques to the criminal justice and computer forensics environment.
- Demonstrate the ability to apply principles of statutory law and due process within the criminal justice system.
- Demonstrate interpersonal, written, and presentation skills required for successful employment in a criminal justice field.
- Consistently exhibit ethical behavior and respect for a diverse community, applying services equitably to all people.
- Be a responsible member of society and the workforce, applying knowledge skills and abilities, ultimately, for the betterment of one’s local community.
The Criminal Justice program requires completion of the Student Disclosure of Criminal Convictions, Pending Criminal Charges and Certain Disqualifications. Completion of this form does not automatically deny admission to the program. Prospective applicants will meet with the Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Services to review information.