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Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice (ASCJ)

Today’s criminal justice professional must be knowledgeable and skilled in every component of the system to address the public’s demand for protection and services. AIU® offers an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice degree program designed so students could prepare to enter the criminal justice profession in a variety of first-line positions. This degree program is designed to offer students a strong foundation in areas of criminal justice such as investigation and law enforcement, laws and courts, and corrections and parole while also addressing juvenile delinquency and the juvenile justice system. Through a specific course structure, students in this criminal justice associate degree will have the ability to strengthen their knowledge while acquiring the skills needed to meet their goals.


By studying key topics in Criminal Justice, AIU can give you an opportunity to focus your interests on the acquisition of industry-specific knowledge and skills common to many of today’s professionals.

  • Next Start Date

    October 5th, 2015

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  • Core Credits


  • Program Length

    18 MONTHS

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  • Successful completion of the ASCJ degree program can provide students with an applicable foundation of industry-related knowledge and skills, including an understanding of:

    • Law enforcement and correctional principles and practices.
    • The structure and function of the criminal justice components, including law enforcement, the courts, corrections and the juvenile justice system.
    • Various theories on crime causation.
    • Basic crime-fighting strategies.

    Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation

    American InterContinental University® is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. To contact the Higher Learning Commission please visit www.hlcommission.org.

  • In this industry-focused curriculum, students can be exposed to the foundational areas of the discipline: investigation and law enforcement, law and courts, and corrections and parole. The program also addresses juvenile delinquency and the juvenile justice system. Courses are structured to assist students in the development of their goals as they can learn focused knowledge and skills common to criminal justice professionals. For example:

    • In Foundations of Criminal Justice Systems, students can experience an overview of the criminal justice system, including an emphasis on crime in America, the criminal justice process, law enforcement, adjudication, punishment, corrections and prisons.
    • In Theories of Crime Causation, students can be provided with an overview of theoretical perspectives in criminology, including the study of the nature, causation and etiology of criminal behaviors in offenders.
    • In Introduction to American Court System, basic functions of the courts can be examined, including the structure and organization of the Federal and state court system with special attention to the criminal courts.

    Click here to download the AIU catalog for more information and a full list of courses for this degree.

  • AIU's Associates of Science In Criminal Justice degree program is geared towards helping student's acquire a solid foundation in criminal justice fundamentals and focus on areas essential to the criminal justice field.

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