Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice

Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice

Take Your Career to the Next Level

Whether you're looking to get started in Criminal Justice or want to take your career to the next level, you can get there by earning your Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice with Central Christian College Online.

  • Transfer credits so you can earn your degree faster.
  • When you graduate, you’ll have a wide range of potential career paths.
  • Courses are created by experts with real-world criminal justice experience.
  • Holding an AA in criminal justice allows you to get to work in this field immediately while you pursue your bachelor’s degree.

Fast Facts

  • Multiple start dates throughout the year so you can get started sooner.
  • Courses are only 6 weeks long and can be completed 100% online.
  • Asynchronous courses, meaning you can log online to complete a lesson whenever it’s convenient.
  • Transfer previous college credits to earn your degree faster.
  • No transcript or application fees.


Ranked #12 Most Affordable Online Criminal Justice Program by

Program Details

Online Associate’s of Criminal Justice Degree  Program Goals

  • Summarize the historical development of criminal justice systems and the role of justice in America and the global community.
  • Describe the influences and behaviors related to the administration of justice and how each is affected by worldview and culture.
  • Identify an ethical framework that recognizes the interplay of personal faith, natural law, and public policy.
  • Choose appropriate procedures associated with law enforcement administration and the prevention, detection, and regulation of crime and criminal behavior.


The Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice is designed for students wanting to advance their career in law enforcement, corrections, social services, or the judicial system.

The curriculum, designed by professionals in the field, provides students with a unique perspective of human behavior and law enforcement management. Furthermore, the unique worldview of the institution affords the student the opportunity to advance their understanding of the ethical and moral approaches to criminal justice.

You can also earn your Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice.


Online Associate’s of Criminal Justice Degree Admissions Requirements

  • Completed Application Form
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Higher Education Transcript(s)

Want to find out more? Download our Program Guide today!

AA Criminal Justice Curriculum

►SS-CJ 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 credits)

This course focuses on the formal crime control process in the United States. Students will examine the agencies and processes involved in administering justice: the police, the prosecutor, the courts, and correctional systems.

►SS-CJ 212 Introduction to Corrections (3 credits)

Outlines the history, current practices, and future directions of corrections in a systematic process showing the evolving changes within the institutional and community based corrections. Topics include the history of corrections, the influence of social thought and philosophy on the development of corrections, the rights of the incarcerated inmate, and the duties of the correctional officer.

►SS-CJ 214 Introduction to Law Enforcement (3 credits)

The development of U.S. policing, stressing the relationship of police to local politics and the effects of civil service, reform movements, and technological change.

►SS-CJ 215 Introduction to Courts (3 credits)

A look at the basic structure of the court system and court process. An up-to-date coverage highlighting several recent trends of the court system.

►SS-CJ 240 Criminology (3 credits)

This course is a study of crime as a form of deviant behavior, nature and extent of crime, past and present theories, evaluation of prevention, control and treatment programs.

To view all of our course listings, please see our program guide.


Why Earn Your Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice?

Has the thought of having to attend class and all the hassle that goes with getting to and from campus made you think twice about pursuing an online associate’s in criminal justice degree? Considering earning your associate’s degree in criminal justice through our 100% online program.

Your studies will be focused with one six-week online course at a time taught by instructors with real-world policing experience. If you’re already in the field, the courses offered in the criminal justice bachelor’s degree program can help you maintain current certification. Students in the Online Associate's degree in Criminal Justice Program will participate in courses that were created by people who are experts in criminal justice careers. 

While looking at online Associate’s in Criminal Justice degree options, too many students assume that the only career option associated with a criminal justice associate's degree is working as a law enforcement officer. While many of the best law enforcement officers in the country are graduates of criminal justice associate's degree programs, there's actually a variety of other positions available in this expansive field.

Want to find out more? Download our Program Guide today!