Criminal Justice Program (AA)

Criminal Justice Associate of Arts Degree

Grantham University’s Criminal Justice degree programs give you the depth of knowledge you need to pursue a career in corrections, law enforcement, investigations and more. Our online associate and bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice (CJ) are designed to accommodate those requiring basic knowledge, as well as individuals seeking a comprehensive understanding of the field. Whichever degree program fits your needs, you will come away ready to launch your career, with practical, real-world insight into this intriguing field. Our online Criminal Justice program is perfect for people with high demands on their time, including those who work full time and active duty military personnel.

From 2010 to 2020, protective service occupations are expected to add 364,500 new jobs – an 11% growth. A Criminal Justice degree is a solid foundation for taking advantage of these growth opportunities. (Source: Spring 2012 BLS Occupational Outlook Quarterly)

With an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice (AA-CJ), you will be able to demonstrate a basic working knowledge of law enforcement, corrections, investigations and juvenile justice. You will gain the core understanding needed to be successful in the criminal justice workforce or to pursue a more advanced degree in this course of study.

Criminal Justice Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively within varied aspects of a criminal justice enterprise
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of law enforcement, corrections, investigations and juvenile justice
  • Employ critical thinking skills to effectively solve problems

Learn how an online degree from Grantham could change your life and ignite your career success. Our online classes are a great fit for active duty military, veterans, military spouses, high school graduates, government employees, first responders, law enforcement, firefighters, EMS professionals, EMTs, etc. Contact us at (888) 947-2684 to find out more about our accredited degree programs, financial assistance opportunities and enrollment process.

Course Highlights & Curriculum

Credit Hour Breakdown

AA-CRMJ Credit Hours 61
Total Credit Hours 61

Curriculum Highlights

Course Number Course Title
CJ201 Police Systems & Practices
GP210 American Government I
CJ202 Correction Systems & Practices
CJ203 Juvenile Justice I

Full curriculum

Course Title Credits
CJ101 Intro to Criminal Justice 3
CJ102 Introduction to Criminology 3
CJ201 Police Systems & Practices 3
CJ202 Correction Syst & Practices 3
CJ203 Juvenile Justice I 3
CO101 Intro to Public Speaking 3
CS105 Intro to Computer Applications 3
EN101 English Composition I 3
GP210 American Government I 3
GS102 Introduction to Life Science 3
GU100 Student Success 1
HU260 Strategies for Decision Making 3
MA105 College Algebra 3
Program and core: 37
Electives (8): 24
Total: 61

Additional online degree details

Degree level: Associates
Delivery method: Online

Career Information

The Criminal Justice degree program prepares graduates for the detection, apprehension, detention, pretrial release, post trial release, prosecution, adjudication, correctional supervision or rehabilitation of accused persons or criminal offenders through the knowledge and skills acquired during the successful completion of courses in corrections systems and practices, criminal procedure, community policing, police systems and practices, white collar crime, criminal justice research methods and the judicial process. The Homeland Security specialty prepares graduates for work in areas involving the protection of our nation's borders, and preparation and recovery from emergencies.

10-year Job Growth

In the next 10 years, detectives and police positions are projected to grow by more than 58,700 positions.

  • 853,100
  • 794,300
  • 2010
  • 2020
Total number of new jobs and replacement jobs.
*2020 total jobs is an estimate.

Average Salaries

If you choose to work as a policeman or detective, you can expect to earn:

  • The top 10% earn$88,870
  • The median earn$55,010
  • The lower 10% earn$32,440
* Total compensation includes bonus. Salaries listed are dependent on prior experiences as well as the number of years of seniority.

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