Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice

Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice

Find Passion in Your Career

Defending and protecting others. Speaking for those who can’t speak for themselves. Solving puzzles and mysteries. No, it’s not the life of a superhero, it’s what professionals in the criminal justice field do for a living.

If this sounds like something you might be passionate about exploring, you can get there by earning your Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice with Central Christian College Online.

  • Holding an AA in criminal justice allows you to get to work in this field immediately while you pursue your bachelor’s degree.
  • Courses are created by experts with real-world criminal justice experience.
  • Credits are awarded for community college, military or previous policing experience so you can earn your degree faster.
  • When you graduate, you’ll have a wide range of potential career paths including: Law Enforcement, Criminology, Forensics, Private Security, Corrections, Social Work and Victim's Advocacy and more.

About the AA Criminal Justice Degree Program

  • 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.

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.


Careers in Criminal Justice

This online Associate’s of Criminal Justice degree can help students to secure positions in law enforcement, public administration, corrections, social services and the judicial system. Career opportunities include:

- Forensic Science Technician                              - US Marshal

- Fish and Game Warden                                      - Police Officer

- State Trooper                                                       - Private Investigator

- Crime Scene Investigator                                   - Probation Officer

- FBI Agent                                                               - Secret Service Agent

- Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent


Program Details

Online Associate’s of  Criminal Justice Degree Goals

To provide the most effective, real-world learning environment, our online Associate’s of Criminal Justice degree program is taught by experienced professionals in the criminal justice field. Upon graduation you are able to:

  • 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.

  • Articulate an ethical framework that recognizes the interplay of personal faith, natural law and public policy.

  • Employ appropriate procedures associated with law enforcement administration and the prevention, detection and regulation of crime and criminal behavior.

Online Associate’s of Criminal Justice Degree Admissions Requirements

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Completed Application Form
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Higher Education Transcript(s)
AA Criminal Justice Curriculum
  • General Education Core (45 credits)
  • Criminal Justice Track (15 credits)

Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice Major Core

►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.