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Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice - Columbus State University

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Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice

Program Description

The Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice (AASCJ) degree is designed for students who are seeking a degree that will meet the minimum educational requirements of various law enforcement agencies for entry and/or promotion. All criminal justice majors are strongly encouraged to take and complete the associate degree in criminal justice before taking any bachelor degree criminal justice courses

Career Opportunities

  • City and-or state police
  • Sheriffs' departments
  • Probation departments
  • Georgia Bureau of Investigation
  • Drug enforcement agencies
  • Secret Service
  • Correctional institutions
  • Juvenile justice agencies
  • Private, industrial security
  • FBI

Admission Requirements

There are no program specific admission requirements

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge of:

  • principles of criminal justice systems
  • knowledge of law enforcement organization and procedures
  • skills of legal research and analysis
  • concepts of punishment and rehabilitation in the context of correctional systems
  • major theories of criminal behavior

Additional Program Requirements

Up to 12 hours of credit from professional training academies may be applied toward an associate or bachelor's degree

Program of Study

General Education Courses Required Hours: 24

ENGL 1101
ENGL 1102
COMM 1110
PHED 1205
POLS 1101

Select any one HIST 2111
HIST 2112
Select one mathematics course from below:

MATH 1001
MATH 1101
MATH 1111
MATH 1113
MATH 1125
MATH 1131
MATH 1132
MATH 1165
MATH 2125
STAT 1127

Select one science course from below (no lab required, unless included in selected course):

ANTH 1145 (no lab)
ASTR 1105/1305 (lab optional)
ASTR 1106/1305
ATSC 1112/1112L
BIOL 1215K (lab included)
BIOL 1125 (no lab)
BIOL 1225K (lab included)
CHEM 1151/1151L
CHEM 1152/1152L
CHEM 1211/1211L
CHEM 1212/1212L
ENVS 1105/1105L (lab optional)
ENVS 1205K
GEOL 1110 (no lab)
GEOL 1121/1121L
GEOL 1122/1322
GEOL 2225 (lab included)
PHYS 1111/1311
PHYS 1112/1312
PHYS 1125/1325 (lab optional)
PHYS 2211/2311
PHYS 2212/2312

Program Requirements Required Hours: 24
A grade of "C" or better is required in each CRJU course.

CRJU 1105 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJU 2106 Survey of Corrections
CRJU 2105 Criminology
CRJU 2145 Criminal Law
CRJU 2165 Police Organization and Operation
SOCI 1168 Social Problems or SOCI 1101 Intro to Sociology

Select two courses from the following:

PHIL 2030 Theories & Issues in Moral Phil
POLS 2101 Introduction to Political Science
PSYC 1101 Intro to General Psychology
SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology
SPAN 1001 Elementary Spanish I
SPAN 1002 Elementary Spanish II
SPAN 2001 Intermediate Spanish I
SPAN 2002 Intermediate Spanish II

General Education Electives Required Hours: 9
Select nine semester hours from Areas A-E of the core curriculum, at least three of which must be from Area C.

Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics

ENGL 2111
ENGL 2112
ITDS 1145*
ITDS 1155
ITDS 2125
PHIL 2010

ARTH 1100
MUSC 1100
THEA 1100

General Electives Required Hours: 6

Total Hours Required: 63

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