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.

What will I learn in the Online Criminal Justice Degree Associate degree program?

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.

What careers can I pursue with this Associate in Criminal Justice online 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.

How long is this Criminal Justice online degree program?

At 63 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.

How much will it cost?

The undergraduate rate is $265 per credit hour. This rate is ower if you’re a member of the military, a veteran or part of a military family. Additionally, Grantham University offers scholarships and financial aid for those who qualify.

When can I start?

Courses begin monthly, so we are ready when you are.

Call us at (888) 947-2684 to learn more about the Associate in Criminal Justice online degree program and our other accredited degree programs, financial assistance opportunities, the enrollment process, or for more information.

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Criminal Justice Associate of Arts

Criminal Justice Degree Outcomes

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
University Professional Outcomes

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.

Program Core Credits: 15
General Education Core Credits: 21
Electives Credits: 27
Total Credit Hours: 63
Accreditation(s): DEAC
Program Core: 15
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: CJ101 Title: Introduction to Criminal Justice Credits: 3
  This course examines a general overview of the criminal justice system, with an emphasis on decision points and administrative practices in police and other criminal justice agencies, as well as basic criminal procedures. Topics include: Causes of crime, criminal law, policing history and structure, police management and legal aspects, adjudication including the courts and sentencing, corrections drugs and crime, multinational criminal justice and the future of criminal justice.
Course: CJ102 Title: Introduction to Criminology Credits: 3
  This course introduces the student to the major theories of crime by exploring the biological, psychological, sociological and economic theories. Traditional and contemporary theories of criminology are examined to better explain patterns and root causes of crime, crimes against persons and property, white-collar and organized crime, drug abuse and crime, technology and crime, terrorism, and criminology and social policy.
Course: CJ201 Title: Police Systems & Practices Credits: 3
  This course provides an overview of police issues, integrating the history, social context and theoretical understanding of policing in America. Relationships between communities, individuals and police organizations are studied. Topics include: evolution of policing, organizational structure and supervision, societal expectations and police corruption.
Course: CJ202 Title: Correction Systems & Practices Credits: 3
  This course evaluates the history and progression of correctional systems. Contemporary correctional practices are analyzed and evaluated using a historical perspective with a modern emphasis on community and institutional corrections. This course balances current and past research, theories and applications and practical examples and issues. Topics include: historical perspectives, the court process, alternatives to imprisonment, correctional functions, institutional clients, rights of correctional clients, reintegration systems and the future of corrections.
Course: CJ203 Title: Juvenile Justice I Credits: 3
  This course explores the evolution of the juvenile justice system and the different approaches followed by the court and correctional authorities. Current topics in juvenile justice include youth victimization, crime prevention, treatment and various juvenile sanctions. Distinction is made between the adult and juvenile system, with emphasis placed on the roles and functions of the juvenile justice system.
General Education: 21
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: GU101 Title: Student Success Credits: 3
  This course provides students with the foundation of knowledge and skills needed for today's online college environment. Students will explore their own preparedness for online learning through examination and analysis of their own skills, traits, and behaviors. In addition, students will acclimate to the online college environment through specifically-designed activities which provide opportunities to acquire necessary skills, behaviors, and understandings which are essential for academic success.
Course: CO101 Title: Introduction to Public Speaking Credits: 3
  This course provides students with a broad overview of public speaking, including such topics as audience analysis, idea generation and development, speech organization and speech delivery. Topics include how to outline speeches, create effective introductions and conclusions, use appropriate language and control nervousness. In addition, students examine guidelines for and practice delivering informative and persuasive speeches. Students will record themselves delivering speeches, thus they will need to know how to use a webcam and how to upload video files from their devices into the assignment dropbox in the Learning Management System.
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.

CO120 Interpersonal Communication may take the place of CO101 Introduction to Public Speaking.