Program Details

Program Outline

Program Outline

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’s Associate of Science in Criminal Justice degree program is designed to help provide students with an applicable foundation of fundamental criminal justice knowledge and skills, so students can prepare to enter the profession in a variety of first-line positions.

We can help you learn how to:

  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge of law enforcement, the courts, corrections and the juvenile-justice system
  • Describe and differentiate the various explanations of crime causation
  • Demonstrate appropriate knowledge, skills and abilities to obtain an entry-level position in the criminal-justice field

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Degree Requirements

General Education
COMP101Introduction to Computers4.5
COMP102Introduction to Computers Lab1.5
ENGL106English Composition I4.5
ENGL107English Composition II4.5
HUMA205Art Appreciation4.5
HUMA215Topics in Cultural Studies4.5
MATH125General College Mathematics4.5
PHIL201Introduction to Philosophy4.5
PRES111Presentation Essentials4.5
SSCI206Aspects of Psychology4.5
SCIE207Biology Lab1.5
SCIE210Environmental Science4.5
SCIE211Environmental Science Lab1.5
General Education Elective (1)4.5
Total Credit Hours:58.5

General Electives
General Elective4.5
CRJS240Careers in Criminal Justice4.5
Total Credit Hours:4.5

Lower Division Core
CRJS101Foundations of Criminal Justice Systems4.5
CRJS105Theories of Crime Causation4.5
CRJS205Introduction to Criminal Law4.5
CRJS210Introduction to Law Enforcement4.5
CRJS215Introduction to American Court System4.5
CRJS220Foundations of Corrections4.5
Total Credit Hours:27

Total Credit Hours: 90

Classes Overview

Classes Overview

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.

At AIU, you can take more courses devoted to your field of interest, on average than at other similar schools. In the Criminal Justice associate degree program, your classes can include:

Foundations of Criminal Justice Systems

This course provides an overview of the criminal justice system. Emphasis will be on crime in America, the criminal justice process, law enforcement, adjudication, punishment, corrections, and prisons. Students will also learn about crime, law and justice, as well as special issues in the criminal justice system.

Theories of Crime Causation

This course is an overview of theoretical perspectives in criminology. This entails the nature, causation and etiology of criminal behaviors in offenders.

Introduction to Criminal Law

This course furnishes a concise but comprehensive introduction to the substantive criminal law. It offers an understanding of the legal environment in which criminal justice professionals must function and helps students to gain a clear understanding of the principles of the law that will be vital to success in the field of criminal justice.

Introduction to Law Enforcement

This course surveys the police service delivery system at the Federal, state, and local levels. Consideration will be given to historical development, the police role in contemporary society, and primary objectives of police agencies.

Introduction to the American Court System

This course covers the structure and organization of the federal and state court system with special attention to the criminal courts. The basic functions of the courts will be examined.

Foundations of Corrections

This course is an introduction to the correctional process and interventions designed to prevent and control adult criminal behavior. This course will address the philosophy and goals underlying the correctional interventions, types of criminal sentencing, and penal sanctions including community-based corrections, institutional corrections, and parole.

Careers in Criminal Justice

This course introduces students to multiple aspects of the criminal justice system: investigations, interviewing and report writing activities as practiced by police, court and correctional personnel for career success. Students will learn writing, reporting procedures and requirements, crime scene management, technology, interviewing and interrogation skills practiced by criminal justice professionals, and strategies for successfully seeking and obtaining employment

Course content subject to change.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

Total tuition for this degree program may vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.

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Ways to Save

Ways to Save

From grants to military service to transfer credit, see the variety of ways you can save time and money on your degree at AIU.

  • Scholarships & Grants - AIU offers a number of institutional scholarships and grants that can help eligible students offset the program cost and help reduce out of pocket costs
  • Military Discounts– AIU Online offers a 45% tuition discount to active military undergraduate students and a 20% tuition discount to active military graduate students, including members of the Reserves and National Guard
  • Transfer Credit – AIU’s transfer-friendly policy lets you transfer in up to 75% of the qualifying credits you need toward your degree
  • Prior Learning Credit – You can receive credits for past college courses, military service, or work experience

For more information, download AIU guides below:

  • Financial Aid Guide: Our guide to financial aid can answer your initial questions and help you prepare to apply for financial aid
  • Scholarships and Grants Guide: Learn about the scholarships and grants offered by AIU along with details about eligibility
  • Transfer Credits Guide: This guide explores how to transfer your credits from other schools—and earn college credit for your past work and military experience
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Career Paths

Career Paths

What can you do with an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice?

If you know you want to work in criminal justice, but aren’t sure what career you’d like to pursue, an associate degree can be a great starting point. It can give you a chance to explore various specialties within the field, network with other criminal-justice professionals, and open up new entry-level opportunities. Plus, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that people with an associate degree make about 18% more than those with a high-school diploma.1 An associate’s in Criminal Justice can be a valuable stepping stone.

Important Skills in Criminal-Justice Careers

No matter which path you take in criminal justice, several skills will be crucial:

●     Written communication is pertinent to criminal justice because documents you write have the potential to become legal documents.

●     Oral communication can be crucial, since many jobs in criminal justice will put you in regular contact with the public.

●     Time management will help you handle the many events and deadlines that demand attention—often all at once—in criminal-justice work. In fact, people’s lives, freedom and rights might depend it.

Other Options for an Associate Degree

Students who earn their Associate degree in Criminal justice can continue on to a bachelor’s degree in such specializations as:

●     Corrections and Case Management

●     Forensic Science

●     Homeland Security and Crisis Management

●     Law Enforcement

●     General Criminal Justice

1Based on median weekly earnings. (Visited October 11, 2016)These are national projections covering all levels of experience; conditions in your area may be different.

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