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Associate Degree in Criminal Justice

Associate of Science Degree in
Criminal Justice

Our Associate Degree in Criminal Justice program covers the fundamental principles governing criminal law and the penal system, the U.S. Constitution, juvenile justice, domestic violence and more. Your Criminal Justice Associate Degree online prepares you for a leading role in criminal justice.

  • Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED
  • Study Method: Textbooks with Online Lessons & Exams
  • Program Length: 6 to 12 Months per Semester (Total 4 Semesters)

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  What You'll Learn

The online Criminal Justice Associate Degree curriculum provides a well-rounded combination of general education courses and core courses in the criminal justice discipline. Each course is developed with the input of industry professionals, ensuring exceptional career relevance. Choose from a generous selection of electives, too. The flexible curriculum makes it easy to transfer eligible college credits into our associate degree in criminal justice program.

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Semester 1

EN110 - Achieving Academic Excellence 

This course will help students sharpen skills that will help in achieving maximum learning as they complete their degree programs. Taking this course will unlock students’ undiscovered potential and will help them discover their multiple intelligences and best ways to learn. This course will also help students uncover strengths and build from them, as well as explore the areas where they might change behaviors to ensure college success.
Credit Hours: 3

SP180 - Principles of Public Speaking 

This course teaches the students fundamental principles while emphasizing skills development in the practice of public speaking. It covers purposes, methods and steps in preparing speeches, develops communication skills in listening, speech criticism, audience analysis and writing, and provides effective delivery techniques to present a variety of speeches.
Credit Hours: 3

EN120 - English Composition I  

This course offers an introduction to basic writing skills that is especially relevant to academic assignments. It focuses on paragraph development and organization in conjunction with a review of basic grammar and mechanics. The course also covers the construction of multi-paragraph essays, the development of writing style and tone, and techniques for critically editing and revising one's work.
Credit Hours: 3

C10 - Introduction to Computers  

Introduction to Computers provides students with foundational skills and knowledge needed for today's technology-based careers. Students learn the components of systems—from the CPU and memory to input devices and peripherals—and how these components interact with an operating system to perform critical tasks. Keeping current with fast-changing computer technologies, this course will discuss the computer technologies today that are allowing the creation of a virtualized mobile workforce. It will explore how computers connect to the Internet, what services can be found online, and what dangers exist in the form of viruses, Trojans, and other malware. The course will also familiarize the student with the basics of today’s office productivity applications and help to establish a foundation for working with these different types of applications, including spreadsheets, word processors, and presentation-creation tools.
Credit Hours: 3

J01 - Introduction to Criminal Justice  

This course is an introduction to the criminal justice process, including an overview of crime in America, criminal law, policing, the courts, corrections, and juvenile justice.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 2

EN130 - English Composition II  

This course provides an introduction and extensive guidelines for writing multi-paragraph essays in a college environment. In this way, EN130 will help you to better comprehend and assimilate the wide range of written communications that are vital to professional callings in commerce, industry, government, law enforcement, and healthcare—not to mention reports, documents, essays, and books associated with the universe of academic disciplines and the various areas of scientific research. For, as it turns out, the basics of the writing process apply to all forms of academic and professional communications.
Prerequisite for C02
Credit Hours: 3

General Education Elective (Science 100-200 Level)   J02 - Criminal Law  

This course discusses why we have criminal laws and begins to define the proof that is necessary to convict someone of a crime. Social issues that affect how and why laws are made are examined, as well as the behavior that is the subject of criminal law. Topics include criminal liability, criminal defenses and jurisdiction, crimes against persons and property, sex crimes, and other criminal conduct.
Credit Hours: 3

J03 - Criminal Procedure  

This course provides an overview of the procedures used to lawfully investigate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals suspected of and accused of violating criminal laws. It also explores the many facets of the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments to the Constitution and how the Constitution protects us from an oppressive government while at the same time providing the means to catch and bring wrongdoers to justice.
Credit Hours: 3

J10 - Criminal Investigation  

This is a thorough examination of the investigation process and of situations in which police officers apply specific investigative and information-gathering techniques to meet the evidentiary requirements of specific crimes. Topics include how law enforcement deals with violent crime, criminal investigative procedures for kidnapping, extortion, and homicide, and the investigative techniques used to solve complex criminal cases, such as organized crime, white-collar crime, arson, and bombings.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 3

General Education Elective (Behavioral/Social Science 100-200 Level)   General Education Elective (Humanities/Fine Arts 100-200 Level)   J06 - Ethics in Criminal Justice  

This course bridges the gap between the ideals of justice and the ethical behavior that criminal justice professionals should exhibit in the furtherance of justice. It also presents information that criminal justice professionals need to resolve many of the ethical dilemmas they may face, and to understand the dilemmas faced by others within the justice system.
Credit Hours: 3

J04 - Policing  

This course provides an introduction to the responsibilities of police officers, providing examples and applications of theory, including topics such as patrol techniques, use of discretion, and describing how police departments are organized and managed, and how they are responding to modern challenges.
Credit Hours: 3

J05 - Corrections  

This course provides a broad-based, foundational approach to understanding the many elements of America’s correctional system from the perspective of both the corrections worker and the criminal offender. Particular attention is paid to issues including alternative sanctions, incarceration of women and juveniles, and the effects of incarceration upon release.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 4

C17 - College Mathematics or MA240 - College Algebra*  

C17: This is a comprehensive review of mathematical skills and concepts commonly used in academic and vocational applications. Topics include whole numbers, fractions, decimal notation, ratios and proportions, percents, statistics and measurement, geometry, real numbers, and algebra.
Credit Hours: 3

MA240: This course introduces the major concepts of college-level algebra. The course begins with basic concepts such as sets and numbers but quickly moves into intermediate algebra topics, emphasizing concepts most often used in computer science. The student will gain extensive experience in evaluating and manipulating expressions, equations, inequalities, and functions.
Credit Hours: 3

SO245 - Social Impact of Technology  

This course examines the broad implications of technological innovation on social organization in terms of personal, political, economic, and environmental issues. Topics covered include technological progress within society, issues of energy use and creation, positive and negative environmental impacts of technology, the use of technology in war and politics, social responsibility, personal health, and economic development.
Credit Hours: 3

J09 - Juvenile Justice  

This course examines the facts behind juvenile delinquency, the processes in the justice system affecting juvenile offenders, the roles of probation, institutionalization, parole, and delinquency prevention. The course also closely examines the robber, gang member, rapist, status offender, and the deprived child.
Credit Hours: 3

Elective (100-200 Level)  

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*If students expect to complete a bachelor's degree, MA240 is required.

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  What You Get

Earn your associate degree in criminal justice on your terms. Start any time, study at your own pace and move ahead fast. We’ve erased the barriers to career advancement so that you can easily succeed.

Carefully selected criminal justice courses ensure a balance of essential theory and practical application. Your tuition covers:

  • Comprehensive, career-relevant textbooks
  • Learning guides with discussion questions and projects
  • Online, open-book exams
  • Dedicated academic support and tutoring
  • Participation in the Student Community
  • Career Services powered by CareerBuilder®

Graduates receive a diploma suitable for framing and may attend our annual graduation ceremony. Your online criminal justice associate degree sets the stage for advancement in a worthwhile career and will impress prospective employers with your commitment to professional success. Your credits apply toward any Ashworth College bachelor’s degree program.

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Or, consider our...
Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice Degree

The curriculum is more occupation-oriented, combining a broad general education with core skill-based courses to prepare you for the workplace. This program is ideal for those who don’t intend to attain a further degree. Call 1-800-957-5412 to enroll in our Associate of Applied Science degree program. (For all Applied Science programs, enroll by phone only)

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Semester 1

C01 - Introduction to Business  

This course offers a broad overview of the business world for both business and non-business majors. It is an introduction to the business environment, business ownership, management, marketing, technology and information, and finance.
Credit Hours: 3

J01 - Introduction to Criminal Justice  

This course is an introduction to the criminal justice process, including an overview of crime in America, criminal law, policing, the courts, corrections, and juvenile justice.
Credit Hours: 3

C08 - American Government  

This course provides an overview of the structure and operations of the federal government, including constitutional principles, rights and liberties, the political process, and the relationships among the three branches of the federal government.
Credit Hours: 3

J02 - Criminal Law  

This course discusses why we have criminal laws and begins to define the proof that is necessary to convict someone of a crime. Social issues that affect how and why laws are made are examined, as well as the behavior that is the subject of criminal law. Topics include criminal liability, criminal defenses and jurisdiction, crimes against persons and property, sex crimes, and other criminal conduct.
Credit Hours: 3

C02 - Business English  

This course presents the basic principles of communication that are particularly applicable in business and industry, providing a foundation for more effective communication skills. It focuses on the proper use of English grammar in business settings.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite: EN130

Semester 2

J03 - Criminal Procedure  

This course provides an overview of the procedures used to lawfully investigate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals suspected of and accused of violating criminal laws. It also explores the many facets of the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments to the Constitution and how the Constitution protects us from an oppressive government while at the same time providing the means to catch and bring wrongdoers to justice.
Credit Hours: 3

C07 - Personal Finance  

This is a consumer-oriented overview of the practical application of economic concepts. The course emphasizes decision making about budgeting, savings, consumer strategies, insurance, investing, retirement planning, and estate planning.
Credit Hours: 3

J04 - Policing  

This course provides an introduction to the responsibilities of police officers, providing examples and applications of theory, including topics such as patrol techniques, use of discretion, and describing how police departments are organized and managed, and how they are responding to modern challenges.
Credit Hours: 3

C12 - Business Law  

This course presents the basic principles of business law as applied to contracts, personal property, sales, negotiable instruments, agency and employment, business organization, insurance and bankruptcy, and real property.
Credit Hours: 3

C05 - Business Communication  

This course presents the basics of written communication in business. It also explores differences in approach and format for various business documents, and covers techniques for planning, researching, organizing, and writing reports.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 3

C04 - Introduction to Psychology  

This is a survey of the field of psychology, including the development of behavior, physiological mechanisms of behavior, perception, motivation and emotion, consciousness, learning, memory, personality, and mental health.
Credit Hours: 3

J05 - Corrections  

This course provides a broad-based, foundational approach to understanding the many elements of America’s correctional system from the perspective of both the corrections worker and the criminal offender. Particular attention is paid to issues including alternative sanctions, incarceration of women and juveniles, and the effects of incarceration upon release.
Credit Hours: 3

J06 - Ethics in Criminal Justice  

This course bridges the gap between the ideals of justice and the ethical behavior that criminal justice professionals should exhibit in the furtherance of justice. It also presents information that criminal justice professionals need to resolve many of the ethical dilemmas they may face, and to understand the dilemmas faced by others within the justice system.
Credit Hours: 3

C17 - College Mathematics  

This is a comprehensive review of mathematical skills and concepts commonly used in academic and vocational applications. Topics include whole numbers, fractions, decimal notation, ratios and proportions, percents, statistics and measurement, geometry, real numbers, and algebra.
Credit Hours: 3

J07 - Private Security  

This is an introduction to the situations encountered and the security techniques commonly used by private security officers. Topics covered include loss prevention, physical security, community policing, business security, terrorism, computer and network security, and ethical issues in private security.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 4

C10 - Introduction to Computers  

Introduction to Computers provides students with foundational skills and knowledge needed for today's technology-based careers. Students learn the components of systems—from the CPU and memory to input devices and peripherals—and how these components interact with an operating system to perform critical tasks. Keeping current with fast-changing computer technologies, this course will discuss the computer technologies today that are allowing the creation of a virtualized mobile workforce. It will explore how computers connect to the Internet, what services can be found online, and what dangers exist in the form of viruses, Trojans, and other malware. The course will also familiarize the student with the basics of today’s office productivity applications and help to establish a foundation for working with these different types of applications, including spreadsheets, word processors, and presentation-creation tools.
Credit Hours: 3

J08 - Domestic Violence  

This course presents a careful examination of crimes committed by a family member against another family member, offering practical applications of theory and dispelling myths about victims and offenders. Topics covered include global violence against women, child abuse, stalking, and homicide.
Credit Hours: 3

J09 - Juvenile Justice  

This course examines the facts behind juvenile delinquency, the processes in the justice system affecting juvenile offenders, the roles of probation, institutionalization, parole, and delinquency prevention. The course also closely examines the robber, gang member, rapist, status offender, and the deprived child.
Credit Hours: 3

J10 - Criminal Investigation  

This is a thorough examination of the investigation process and of situations in which police officers apply specific investigative and information-gathering techniques to meet the evidentiary requirements of specific crimes. Topics include how law enforcement deals with violent crime, criminal investigative procedures for kidnapping, extortion, and homicide, and the investigative techniques used to solve complex criminal cases, such as organized crime, white-collar crime, arson, and bombings.
Credit Hours: 3

J11 - Report Writing  

This is a hands-on course that examines various reports used by police officers and develops the writing skills needed for note taking, police reports, and warrants.
Credit Hours: 3

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