Associate Degree

Criminal Justice Degree (AAS)

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Criminal Justice Degree (AAS)

Criminal Justice Degree

The Criminal Justice Degree is designed for students who are interested in the criminal justice field, but do not want to pursue the traditional roles of Police Officer or Sheriff’s Deputy. Graduates of the program will learn the technical skills needed to enter or advance in a wide variety of positions in the criminal justice field.

Graduates earning a two-year Criminal Justice Degree from Terra State can transfer to four-year institutions to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Requirements vary depending on the student’s ultimate goal. Students interested in bachelor’s completion should contact an advisor or a representative from the Allied Health, Nursing and Human Services Division.

  • Award type

    Associate Degree

  • Required credit hours


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 Based on data for police and detectives

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain and analyze the origins and evolution of the criminal justice system, including policing, corrections, and criminology.
  • Differentiate and explain roles and practical functions of law enforcement officers, courts and corrections facilities.
  • Explain and apply different theories of crime, sentencing, and corrections.
  • Identify and demonstrate the ability to use technologies used in various aspects of the criminal justice system.
  • Define and discuss applications of ethical behavior within the criminal justice system.
  • Define forensic psychology and analyze the major issues surrounding the applications of psychological studies to the criminal justice system.
  • Identify and classify psychoactive drug and analyze the effects of these drugs and the challenges of intervention, enforcement, and treatment.
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Potential Occupations

  • Communication Officer
  • Correctional Officer
  • Dispatcher
  • Guard
  • Probation Officer
  • Parole Officer
  • Juvenile Corrections Officer
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