Criminal Justice, AAS

For students whose goal is to pursue a career in the field of criminal justice, National American University offers the criminal justice associate of applied science degree. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a foundation in the knowledge, skills, and abilities for the criminal justice career field. Students who earn the associate of applied science degree are prepared for entry-level employment in policing, courts, and corrections. Policing and institutional corrections employment will also require the completion of a training academy, as determined by individual jurisdictions. The associate degree can be a requirement for entry-level employment in various criminal justice agencies and is often criteria for higher skilled employment and higher pay scales. In some agencies, the associate of applied science degree can be a requirement or weighted factor in the promotion process. The student with an associate of applied science degree in criminal justice may be qualified to apply for the positions of police patrol officer, court clerk, court bailiff, correctional officer, probation or parole officer, as determined by individual jurisdictions, and some federal positions with the requisite law enforcement experience.

Students entering the criminal justice program should be aware that graphic images depicting violent crimes are utilized as teaching tools in various courses. Students should be prepared to view these images and to engage in discussions regarding these images as part of their required learning activities.

Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to provide students with a foundation in the knowledge, skills, and abilities for the criminal justice career field. Graduates of the program will:
  • Analyze the criminal justice system's operations and issues.
  • Apply legal principles to the police, courts, and correctional components of the criminal justice system.
  • Apply ethical decision-making models and professional standards to criminal justice situations.

Disclaimer: 

Individual agencies regulate the employment of individuals in the policing, courts, and corrections professions. Persons convicted of certain crimes may not serve in these positions. Please consult with the employer of interest to establish what regulations may exist.

Criminal Justice: Associate of Applied Science Requirements

90 Credits

Criminal Justice Major Core (31.5)

CJ1000Introduction to Criminal Justice

4.5

CJ1500Criminological Theory

4.5

CJ2100Criminal Law

4.5

CJ2150Professionalism and Ethics in Criminal Justice

4.5

CJ2280Communication for the Criminal Justice Professional

4.5

CJ2300U.S. Courts

4.5

CJ2400U.S. Corrections

4.5

CJ1000, CJ1500, CJ2100, CJ2150, CJ2280, CJ2300, CJ2400: Professional Course, minimum "C" grade required

Criminal Justice Electives (15)

CJCJ Electives

15

General Education Core (43.5)

Communications

EN1150Composition I

4.5

EN1300Composition II

4.5

 

EN2100Speech

4.5

OR

EN2150Interpersonal Professional Communication

4.5

Science

SCScience Elective

4.5

Mathematics

MA2000Quantitative Reasoning

4.5

Humanities

Behavioral/Social Sciences

Behavioral/Social Science Elective

4.5

General Education

CS1201Juggling College, Life, and Career: Set Up for Success!

5

OR

CS1203Bridge to Success: Creating Your Future at NAU

5

 

CS1301Do the Numbers! Achieving College and Career Success

5

CS2086Career Path Planning

2

Graduation Requirements: A minimum 2.0 GPA is required overall and in the Criminal Justice Major Core. See the "Graduation Requirements" section of the catalog for additional requirements.

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