Associate of Science in Criminal Justice

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If you'd like to pursue a career in settings such as juvenile or adult corrections, loss prevention, investigations, or private protective services, you might consider the online Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology program at Purdue University Global. Read on for requirements and potential courses.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

When you enroll in the online Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology program at Purdue University Global, you could examine patterns of criminal behavior and learn about criminological theories, protocols, and procedures. With coursework in psychological profiling, forensic psychology, and crime analysis, the program is designed to prepare you to assess human behaviors and better understand the causes of crime. You could also research criminal law and explore the challenges faced by criminal justice agencies. A capstone experience is intended to present you with assignments that encourage your critical-thinking skills.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Prior to becoming a student of Purdue University Global's online Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology program, you should ensure that you have good research and analytical skills. Qualities such as patience, empathy, and integrity are also essential for those in the criminal justice field. Applicants to Purdue University Global should have a high school diploma or GED. Some programs may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology program at Purdue University Global includes 90 credits. You will need to earn 15 core credits, 50 major credits, and 25 elective credits.

Core Requirements (15 credits)

Course Code Course Title
CM107College Composition I
CM220College Composition II Choose one of the following: MM150 Survey of Mathematics
MM212 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
Open Elective Courses

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

With the education gained from the online Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology program at Purdue University Global, you could pursue career opportunities in areas such as law enforcement, crime analysis, or public safety. While some positions might require additional experience or training, you could be able to pursue positions such as:

  • Public safety officer
  • Crime scene investigator
  • Detective
  • Private investigator
  • Police officer

Advanced Degrees

A related bachelor's degree program could provide you with opportunities to continue learning about criminal investigation and crime prevention techniques. You could even specialize in areas such as forensic science, law enforcement, or crime scene investigation. Completing this type of 4-year degree program in addition to Purdue University Global's Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology program might help you prepare for roles of greater responsibility. Here are a few potential degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice with a concentration in Forensic Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Investigative Forensics