Associate of Science in Criminal Justice

The Associate of Science in Criminal Justice degree program prepares entry-level professionals from diverse backgrounds in the theoretical foundations, knowledge, skills, and practices of criminal justice operations. This program of study enables students to develop rational decisions and informed responses to the daily challenges one faces in law enforcement, corrections, and court operations. Additionally, this study provides students with a working comprehension of constitutional and criminal law in contrast to judicial process.

Students completing this program are prepared for entry-level positions in local, state, and federal criminal justice programs, including law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, court operations, and related fields in security. This program promotes a commitment to continued scholarship and service among graduates as future members of the criminal justice profession in a manner that remains conducive to enhancing professionalism in a diverse community.

Upon completion of the program, students should be able to do the following:

  1. Evaluate the three main components of a Criminal Justice system.
  2. Evaluate the roles and challenges of juvenile justice agencies.
  3. Examine the psychology of crime including the development of the criminal lifestyle.
  4. Explain the interdependence between applicable judicial processes.

Estimated time of completion of this program is three years.

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Completion of Columbia Southern University’s Associate of Science in Criminal Justice degree program does not guarantee that a graduate will meet all requirements and/or qualifications to become a peace officer, law enforcement professional, or corrections officer at the international, national, state, or local level. Students are encouraged to research licensing and job requirements to insure that he or she will be prepared for their desired career path.

Massachusetts Civil Service Disclosure: Students and prospective students who reside in a city or county that uses Massachusetts Civil Service for promotion should contact the Civil Service to determine eligibility to sit for promotional exams. Civil Service is a merit system under which state and municipal employees of police and fire departments may be hired and promoted.

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