Oct 01, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice Pathway, A.S.

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Criminal justice is the system of practices and institutions of governments directed at upholding social control, deterring and mitigating crime, sanctioning those who violate laws and delivering penalties and/or rehabilitation efforts.

Criminal justice courses offer a balanced introduction to the three facets of the criminal justice system: Policing, Courts and Corrections. Students gain insight into criminal courts, security, police and corrections operations. They identify the legal, social and technological challenges in the criminal justice field. The study of criminal justice often serves as an introduction for students planning to attend law school.

Degree Requirements

Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42 Credit Hours)

See 1410 Core Curriculum Requirements  in the Undergraduate Catalog. 

  • Area A: Essential Skills 
  • Area B: Institutional Foundations 
  • Area C: Humanities and Fine Arts 
  • Area D: Natural and Computational Sciences 
  • Area E: Social Science


Area E:

Recommended Course:

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18 Credit Hours)

Special Note: All students pursuing an Associate of Science, Pathway - Criminal Justice must comply with each state’s criminal background check requirements in order to work in the field. Students unwilling or unable to take and pass a criminal background check should not pursue this program.

Required Courses (12 Credit Hours)

Electives (6 Credit Hours)

  • Select two 3.0 hour courses chosen from the 1000-2000 level offerings

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