Associate of Science in
Criminal Justice

The Associate of Science in Criminal Justice is designed to provide students with an understanding of the Criminal Justice System and its interrelationship with society.

Students will develop the skills, knowledge and abilities to
enter or upgrade their present status in branches of law enforcement, federal, state, local, and private agencies.  The Associates Degree will provide students with a competitive advantage for acceptance to further training provided by Criminal Justice Agencies.

Completion of General Education and specific courses in Police Organization and Administration, Juvenile Justice, Criminal Investigation or Criminal Law offers students the foundation to enter the Criminal Justice field or further their studies toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.

Upon successful completion of this degree, you are eligible to enroll into Southwest University’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Degree Program!

Degree Requirements

      60 Semester Hours
      A maximum of 30 semester hours may be accepted toward fulfilling the degree requirement.
      The student must satisfy a minimum of 30 semester hours, 10 courses, with Southwest University.

General Education Courses

Students must have satisfied or they must complete the following General Education courses:

ENG-100 Reading / Writing Comprehension
ENG-101 English Composition
COM-105 Principles of Communication
NCS-136 Earth Science
Select any two (2):
MATH-150 College Math I
MATH-151 College Math II
STAT-156 Business Statistics
CIS-122 Computer Concepts
Select any two (2):
HIST-110 American History 1500 – 1877
HIST-111 American History 1863 – since 1988
POLS-112 International Relations
POLS-125 World Politics
Select one (1):
PSY-130 Introduction to Psychology
SOC-134 Introduction to Sociology
Select one (1):
PHIL-160 Ethics, Crime and Justice
PHIL-161 Ethics

Core Courses

Students must have satisfied or they must complete the following core courses:

CJ-110 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJ-176 Introduction to Police Operations
CJ-180 Survey of Corrections
CJ-185 Introduction to Juvenile Justice
CJ-201 Introduction to Criminal Procedures
CJ-250 Introduction to Criminal Law
CJ-311 The Criminal Court System
CJ-329 Constitutional Law

Elective Courses

Students may select 200 and 300 level courses.
Courses at the 300 level are subject to faculty approval.

CIS-205 Basic Communication Technologies
CJ-209 Survey of the American Legal System
CJ-212 Victimology
BUS-214 Public Speaking
HRM-215 Introduction to Human Resource Management
CJ-220 Basic Criminal Investigation
HR-225 Principles of Human Relations
CJ-230 Introduction to Forensic Science
CJ-234 Introduction to Criminology
CJ-237 Leadership and Motivation
SOC-241 Race and Ethnic Relations
MGT-243 Administrative Office Management
CJ-258 Domestic Violence
CJ-259 Introduction to Drugs and Crime
CJ-264 Security Management
CJ-270 Community Policing Strategies
CJ-280 Special Topics in Criminal Justice
CJ-302 Introduction: Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
CJ-304 Juvenile Delinquency
CJ-310 Administration of Justice
CJ-335 Criminology
CJ-340 Introduction to Corrections
CJ-355 Community Policing and Problem Solving
CJ-360 Introduction to Police Administration
CJ-370 Criminal Investigation