Criminal Justice

Associate in Applied Science
Career Degree

Become a criminal justice professional

Cape or no cape, you’re a hero: pursuing a career poised to serve society and guard our integrity. Start on the road to your future with an Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice.

Your degree program uses an interactive lecture and discussion model. You do the day’s work before class and then interact with other students and the professor during class to ensure mastery of concepts. Become qualified for roles in the three areas of criminal justice:

  • law enforcement
  • courts
  • corrections

What can you do with an A.A.S. in Criminal Justice?

You can help make the world safer with an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Criminal Justice. This program grounds you in criminology, legal studies, corrections and policing, which opens various pathways to your pursuit of justice.

Start right away with your associate degree in roles such as:

  • police officer
  • deputy sheriff
  • correctional officer
  • loss-prevention supervisor
  • private security supervisor

With additional education, you can become a:

  • state's attorney
  • defense attorney
  • federal agent


Career Outlook

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Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their College and Career Navigator (CCN) to identify coursework that will meet degree requirements based on individual academic goals. View degree requirements in the college catalog.

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Criminal Justice at CLC

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An A.A.S. in criminal justice is just one possible way to study legal studies and public safety. Get the bigger picture—degrees, credentials and extra options.

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