The Program in Depth

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.

Focus on Your Specific Area of Interest

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.

You Can Learn How to:

  • 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

Some Courses You'll Take

At AIU, more of the courses you take will be in 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, ...

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  • 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 offend...

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  • 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...

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Course content subject to change

A Flexible Degree that Fits Your Life

Real-World Education

You’ll study under professors who are industry specialists, learning the relevant skills, fundamental practices and specific knowledge related to your field.

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