Criminal Justice Associate of Arts
Pursue a career in corrections, law enforcement or investigations with an online Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice on your resume. This Grantham University degree program gives you the fundamental knowledge you need to enter the workforce on a criminal justice job path.
After completing this criminal justice associate degree program, you will be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of law enforcement, corrections, investigations and juvenile justice. You’ll have the core understanding you need to be successful in the field of criminal justice or to pursue a more advanced degree.
You could pursue a career in security, loss prevention or, depending on your experience, become a Shift Supervisor, Sergeant or higher as a member of a police force1.
At 61 credit hours, your associate in criminal justice program is designed to be completed in 24 months. It could take less time depending on how much transfer credit you receive and how many classes you take every term.
The undergraduate rate is $265 per credit hour – lower if you’re a member of the military, a veteran or part of a military family. Grantham also offers scholarships and financial aid for those who qualify.
Courses begin weekly, so we’re ready when you are.
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Criminal Justice Associate of Arts
After successfully completing your accredited online criminal justice degree program, you will be able to:
- Explain the various causes of crime using criminal justice theories, practices and process to a multicultural population
- Compare and contrast historical and contemporary police functions, issues and responses to crime
- Describe the nature and function of corrections, its services, practices and institutions
- Apply fundamental concepts of the administration of justice
Grantham University prepares graduates to succeed in a variety of professional and civic settings by incorporating these five critical life skills into the curriculum:
- Communication – competence in effective written and oral communication
- Critical Thinking – ability to analyze problems, reflectively process information and formulate solutions
- Respect for Diversity – awareness of and appreciation for varieties of human experiences and social structures
- Professional, Ethical and Social Responsibilities – responsibility to the greater societal good and an applied ethical framework in decision making
- Lifelong Learning – definition for and acquisition of a continuing pursuit of educational needs throughout their professional lives
NOTE: Students seeking a career in law enforcement at the local or state level will require additional training and testing. This additional training is determined by the Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) in each student’s state.
Criminal Justice Associate of Arts
Earn a criminal justice degree and pursue a career in detection, apprehension, detention and other police-related career opportunities1.
Potential career paths and positions include:
- Corporate Security Manager
- Director Security Management
- Market Asset Protection Manager
- Loss Prevention Manager
- Front-Line Supervisor (Police and Detectives)
Employers can include:
- Security firms
- Insurance companies
- Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies
Criminal Justice Associate of Arts
Grantham University’s 100% online coursework is designed to help you prepare for success in your next career.
|Total Credit Hours:||34|
|Course: GU100||Title: Student Success||Credits: 1|
|This required one-credit hour course introduces Grantham students to various strategies for learning and helps develop skills essential for succeeding in an online education program. Students complete selfassessments to become familiar with their learning styles and how to use their learning styles in online studies. Students successfully completing this course are more proficient in time management, reading skills, writing techniques, memory abilities, and test-taking strategies. Students learn how to navigate within Grantham University's online course learning environment, submit assignments, and where to go for academic assistance. GU100 is normally taken with level 100 or 200 courses that offer the most common challenges in working in an online learning environment. Students complete assignments in both courses simultaneously as a learning strategy for general education and entry-level knowledge acquisition while developing successful online study skills. Successful completion of G|
|Course: CJ101||Title: Introduction to Criminal Justice||Credits: 3|
|Introduction to Criminal Justice presents a broad view of the criminal justice system. The course focuses on decision points and administrative practices in police and other criminal justice agencies, as well as basic criminal procedures. A realistic description of the American criminal justice system is presented and how it works - police, courts, and corrections. Topics include: what is criminal justice, the crime picture and the search for its causes, criminal law, policing history and structure, police management and legal aspects, adjudication including the courts and sentencing, corrections involving probation, parole, community corrections, prisons and jails, prison life, juvenile justice, drugs and crime, multinational criminal justice, and the future of criminal justice.|
|Course: CJ102||Title: Introduction to Criminology||Credits: 3|
|The student is introduced to the study of criminology by examining the biological, psychological, sociological, and economic theories of crime. The traditional theories of criminology are examined along with contemporary theories. The student in this course will be allowed to draw his or her own conclusions about the American crime problem and make informed decisions about public policy in the crime control area. Topics covered are: what is criminology; patterns of crime; research methods and theory development; biological, psychological, and sociological roots of crime; crimes against persons and property; white-collar and organized crime; drug abuse and crime; technology and crime; criminology and social policy; and the future of criminology.|
|Course: CJ201||Title: Police Systems & Practices||Credits: 3|
|The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of police issues, integrating the history, social context, and theoretical understanding of policing in America. This course encourages the student to see the relationships between communities, police organizations, and individuals. The big picture approach is used to illustrate an integrated understanding of policing.|
|Course: CJ202||Title: Correction Systems & Practices||Credits: 3|
|Contemporary correctional systems and practices are analyzed and evaluated through a historical perspective with emphasis on community and institutional corrections. This course balances current and past research, theories and applications, and practical examples and issues. Topics included are: historical perspectives, the court process, alternatives to imprisonment, correctional systems, corrections functions, institutional clients, rights of correctional clients, reintegration systems, and finally a link to the future.|
|Course: CJ203||Title: Juvenile Justice I||Credits: 3|
|The juvenile justice system is examined with an emphasis on its difference from the judicial system for adults. This course tracks the historical development of the system and examines the different approaches followed by the court and correctional authorities of various jurisdictions.|
|Course: CO101||Title: Introduction to Public Speaking||Credits: 3|
|This course focuses on the basic principles of effective verbal communication and the related functions in contemporary public settings. Emphasis is placed on speech to inform and to persuade, with special consideration given to fundamental communication skills, including organization, reasoning, explanation, and listening. Students will learn to prepare a speech without the need to memorize the presentation. This course is designed to help students understand the difference between ideas and memorizing words. The progression of learning should help students learn to understand, value, and practice the human communication process.|
|Course: CS105||Title: Introduction to Computer Applications||Credits: 3|
|Students are introduced to basic computer concepts as well as techniques and tools for folder and file navigation and manipulation. Students explore the fundamentals of an office productivity suite, developing skills in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications.|
|Course: EN101||Title: English Composition I||Credits: 3|
|This course develops written communication skills with emphasis on understanding the writing process, analyzing readings and practicing writing for personal and professional applications.|
|Course: EN102||Title: English Composition II||Credits: 3|
|This is a freshman college-level writing course designed to build on skills learned in EN101. The student is expected to complete writing assignments that spring from assigned reading material, which clearly evince an awareness of social issues. Upon successful completion of EN102, students should be competent in reading, reflecting on, and responding to literature using scholarly analysis, organizing clear and effective writing with a thesis statement, anticipating bias by viewing all sides of an issue, performing effective research using library resources, monitoring tone and using appropriate argumentative skills when pursuing a thesis, using MLA formatting guidelines for research papers, and avoiding plagiarism with careful documentation.|
|Course: HU260||Title: Strategies for Decision Making||Credits: 3|
|This course is about becoming a better thinker in every aspect of your life: in your career, and as a consumer, citizen, friend, parent, and lover. Discover the core skills of effective thinking; then analyze your own thought processes, identify weaknesses, and overcome them. Learn how to translate more effective thinking into better decisions, less frustration, more wealth - and above all, greater confidence to pursue and achieve your most important goals in life.|
|Course: GU299||Title: General Education Capstone||Credits: 3|
|GU299 is the capstone course for Grantham University's general education program, and it serves a dual purpose. First, GU299 helps students bridge the gap between the broad-based learning they experience throughout their general education courses and the discipline-specific learning they will engage in as they move closer toward degree completion. By highlighting the specific skills and knowledge they attained through their general studies and working with them to incorporate those skills and that knowledge within their specific academic areas, students will achieve a greater awareness of how knowledge is intertwined, and better recognize how information drawn from one experience can be applied directly toward another, leading them to become more actively engaged, socially-aware citizens of the various communities to which they belong.|