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Criminal Justice

What Is Criminal Justice?

Criminal justice is the system of practices and institutions of governments directed at upholding social control, deterring and mitigating crime, sanctioning those who violate laws and delivering penalties and/or rehabilitation efforts.

Why Study Criminal Justice?

Criminal justice courses offer a balanced introduction to the three facets of the criminal justice system: Policing, Courts and Corrections. Students gain insight into criminal courts, security, police and corrections operations. They identify the legal, social and technological challenges in the criminal justice field. The study of criminal justice often serves as an introduction for students planning to attend law school.

A degree in criminal justice can lead to employment in the following fields:

  • Court reporter
  • Corrections officer
  • Crime scene investigation
  • Cyber crime
  • Detective
  • Juvenile justice
  • Law enforcement
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The Criminal Justice pathway leads to an Associate in Science Degree

1930 Criminal Justice Pathway

Associate of Science, Pathway – Criminal Justice

Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42 Credit Hours)


Area E:  Required Course: CRJU 2200 Social Science and the American Crime Problem (3 Credit Hours)

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18 Credit Hours)

  1. Required Courses (12 Credit Hours):
  • CRJU 1100 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJU 2110 Policing in America (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJU 2310 Corrections (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJU 2700 American Criminal Courts (3 Credit Hours)
  1. Electives (6 Credit Hours):
  • Select two 3.0 hour courses chosen from the 1000-2000 level offerings
Special Note: All students pursuing an Associate of Science, Pathway – Criminal Justice must comply with each state’s criminal background check requirements in order to work in the field. Students unwilling or unable to take and pass a criminal background check should not pursue this program.

Dean of Social Sciences Dr. Susan Cody-Rydzewski Email: Telephone: 770-274-5023 Department Chair Dr. John Redmond Email: Telephone: 770-274-5402

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