Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice & Criminology

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If you're looking for an online program that can prepare you for an entry-level position in the criminal justice field, you might want to consider Purdue University Global's Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice & Criminology program. Keep reading to learn more about this online AAS in Criminal Justice & Criminology program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Purdue University Global has developed an online Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice & Criminology program that includes general education coursework, such as math and algebra, while also providing you with an overview of the criminal justice system and crime analysis techniques. Forensic psychology and sociology topics can also be explored. Towards the end of the program, you'll be required to take a capstone course. The associated assignments will assess how well you've understood your studies.

What Are the Prerequisites?

As a prospective Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology program candidate, you should be a people person who is interested in living a life of service to others. You should also want to learn about the many facets of the law.

You could receive 25 credits towards the degree if you are a sworn law enforcement officer and you've completed National Peace Officer Standard training. Applicants to Purdue University Global should have a high school diploma or GED; some programs may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

Course credits in Purdue University Global's Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology program add up to 90. The core credits amount to 15, the major credits equal 50 and the number of electives is 25.

Core Requirements (15 credits)

Course Code Course Title
CM107College Composition I
CM220College Composition II
MM150

MM212
Survey of Mathematics
OR
College Algebra

Major Requirements (50 credits)

Course Code Course Title
CJ100 Preparing for a Career in Public Safety
CJ101 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
CJ102 Criminology I
CJ110 Introduction to Crime Analysis
CJ140 Introduction to Constitutional Law
CJ200 Fundamentals of Psychological Profiling
CJ233 Introduction to Forensic Psychology
CJ266 Deviance and Violence
SS144 Sociology
CJ289 Associate's Capstone in Criminal Justice and Criminology

Elective Requirements (25 credits)

Course Code Course Title
25 credits of Open Electives

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

The coursework presented in Purdue University Global's Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice & Criminology program is intended to prepare you to assess crime data, analyze criminal behavior patterns, and adhere to agency procedures. It might well allow you to develop the skills you'll need to begin an entry level career, such as the following:

  • Patrol officer
  • Private investigator
  • Crime scene investigator
  • Detective
  • Police officer

Advanced Degrees

If you're interested in continuing your studies of crime and victimization after completing your AAS in Criminal Justice & Criminology, consider enrolling in a 4-year program in a related field of study. These bachelor's degree programs may examine such diverse topics as community planning, business and public administration. Upon graduating with your AAS, you could research the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminology
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Homeland Security and Counterterrorism