Program Details

The Associate of Science in Criminal Justice can provide students with an applicable foundation of fundamental criminal justice knowledge and skills.Courses are structured to assist you in the development of your goals. They can help you develop a well-rounded knowledge base common to entry-level business professionals.


We can help you 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

Requirements

General Education

COMP 101Introduction to Computers

4.5

COMP 102Introduction to Computers Lab

1.5

ENGL 106English Composition I

4.5

ENGL 107English Composition II

4.5

HUMA 205Art Appreciation

4.5

HUMA 215Topics in Cultural Studies

4.5

MATH 125General College Mathematics

4.5

PHIL 201Introduction to Philosophy

4.5

or

PRES 111Presentation Essentials

4.5

SSCI 206Aspects of Psychology

4.5

SSCI 210Sociology

4.5

SCIE 206Biology

4.5

SCIE 207Biology Lab

1.5

SCIE 210Environmental Science

4.5

SCIE 211Environmental Science Lab

1.5

General Education Electives (1)

4.5

Total Credit Hours:58.5

General Electives

General Elective

4.5

or

CRJS 240Careers in Criminal Justice

4.5

Total Credit Hours:4.5

Lower Division Core

CRJS 101Foundations of Criminal Justice Systems

4.5

CRJS 105Theories of Crime Causation

4.5

CRJS 205Introduction to Criminal Law

4.5

CRJS 210Introduction to Law Enforcement

4.5

CRJS 215Introduction to American Court System

4.5

CRJS 220Foundations of Corrections

4.5

Total Credit Hours:27

At AIU, more of the courses you take, on average, are devoted to your field of interest than at other similar schools. Your classes may 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.

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Classes start October 3!