Associate Degree in Criminal Justice

Associate Degree

Associate of Science in Criminal Justice

(CIP Code: 43.0103)

Program Description:

Allied American University developed the online Associate of Science in Criminal Justice degree to prepare students for entry-level criminal justice positions or to upgrade their present status in branches of law enforcement in federal, state, local and private agencies.

Program Learning Outcomes:

AAU criminal justice students will learn basic concepts and skills in order to help solve contemporary problems in criminal justice and administration. Graduates will have the necessary background to think critically about issues like criminology, administration, criminal investigations, procedures and evidence.

  • Develop analytical, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills applicable to real-world, global problems.
  • Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of criminal justice and technical skills that support and facilitate lifelong professional development and lifelong learning.
  • Use critical thinking, creative and logical analysis, strategies, and techniques to solve complex problems in criminal justice.
  • Implement and apply current technology to criminal justice activities, systems, and processes.
  • Apply sound criminal justice principles to the functions of planning, organization, ethical leadership, and controlling to operations.
  • Apply strong verbal and written communication skills to research, evaluate, and present information in appropriate community and interdepartmental communication.

Requires students to take CRJ 100 as the first course or as part of the first set of courses in their program. Students that transfer in a course equivalent to CRJ 100 do not have to meet this requirement.

Associate of Science in Criminal Justice - Degree Map:

Term Zero: Orientation
Allied Online Orientation+
This course provides tutorials and instructions to help you better understand AAU’s Learning Management System. While this orientation course does not provide semester credit hours, your completion of this course provides the foundation for proper completion of further courses.
Term 1
English Composition I **+
This course is designed to help students master the traditional five-paragraph essay along with its variations. Students will learn how to support a thesis with specific evidence and how to write an effective introduction, conclusion, and title. Students will learn how to develop the nine patterns of essay development. Throughout the course, students will review all the basic grammar rules, and they will also review and apply proper APA Style.
Prerequisite: ENG 105
Introduction to Justice Administration+
The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the justice administration system, encompassing police, and courts and corrections management. These three institutions must work together to achieve an effective overall system for the protection of public safety and order, the impartial and fair trial of those accused of crime, and the enlightened confinement and rehabilitation of those found guilty to minimize the rate of recidivism.
Term 2
MS Office Fundamentals+
This course will help students develop basic proficiency with Microsoft® Word, Excel®, and PowerPoint® through the completion of hands-on projects.
Introduction to Criminology+
This course introduces the student to the dynamic field of criminology which is constantly changing because of research studies, Supreme Court rulings, governmental policy, and the current events of everyday life. Criminologists spend their career trying to understand what drives people to commit crime. This introductory course will provide insights into the answers for many of these questions and will help students to think critically about law and justice. At the end of this course, students should have developed a critical perspective toward the social and legal institutions entrusted with crime control.
Term 3
College Algebra**+
This course provides students a working knowledge of college-level algebra. Algebra is the study of equations, inequalities, and functions. This course concentrates on linear and quadratic equations, word problems, polynomials, and rational and radical equations. The students also learn graphs and applications of algebra to the real world.
Prerequisite: MAT 110
English Composition II**+
In this course, emphasis is on creating arguments that persuade, convince, and inspire. The goal is to develop writing skills that will enable students to develop powerful and persuasive arguments. Students will learn the fixed types of questions that an argument can address, helping them develop answers to significant questions concerning facts, definitions, causes, values, and actions.
Prerequisite: ENG 160
Term 4
Introduction to Law Enforcement**+
The purpose of this course is to equip the criminal justice student with a complete and practical set of procedures and techniques that are needed for understanding policing in America. This course examines policing topics and tactics, including history, patrol, police subculture, investigation, organization, administration, personnel issues, community policing, the rule of law, accountability, civil liability, and technologies.
Arts/Humanities Elective 3
Term 5
Criminal Procedure and Criminal Evidence+
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the various components of the criminal justice system and examines the trial process and the roles of the jury, judge, attorneys, and witnesses.
Principles of Speech Communication+
This course provides the student with a basic understanding of public speaking and how to prepare and present a variety of speeches. Effective communication skills will be emphasized throughout the course, and students will learn how to organize a successful speech. Audience demographics, such as size, heterogeneity, status as captive or voluntary, and composition, will be focused upon.
Term 6
Arts/Humanities Elective 3
Criminal Investigation**+
This course teaches students the fundamentals of criminal investigation by examining the processes involved in identifying and arresting criminal suspects, identifying types of crimes, and preparing for court.
Term 7
Lower Division Criminal Justice Free Elective 3
Introduction to Sociology+
This course provides an overview of the terminology, theories, and questions used by sociologists to study how groups, cultures, institutions, norms, and values all work to shape society and an individual’s perception of the world.
Term 8
Free Elective 3
Arts/Humanities Elective 3
Term 9
Physical/Biological Science Elective Lower Division 3
Introduction to Psychology+
This course is the study of the facts, principles, and theories of psychology.
Term 10
Society and Behavioral Sciences Elective Lower Division+
This course examines the broad implications of technological innovation on social organizations in terms of personal, political, economic, and environmental issues.
Physical/Biological Science Elective Lower Division 3

**Course has prerequisite requirement - Total Credits: 60

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