The associate degree in Criminal Justice is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the world of law enforcement. Led by experienced instructors who bring a current, working knowledge of the field, the program delivers an in-depth, relevant study of our modern police and court system.
Through classroom instruction and hands-on field study, you will learn about the criminal justice process - from the commission of a crime, to arrest, to arraignment, to trial. You will study the basics of criminology and criminal law. You'll learn about evolving technologies in collecting, processing, and preserving evidence. You will shadow on-duty police officers, visit a state police laboratory, observe court cases, and more. And, in the liberal arts tradition, you'll hone your critical thinking and communication skills - critical to success in today's law enforcement.
Flexible scheduling options - including online and blended learning, as well as day and evening classes - provide convenience and also help you earn your associate degree in less than two years. If you wish to pursue a bachelor's degree after earning your A.S. in Criminal Justice, you'll have the advantage of a smooth transfer to a four-year university.