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Delivery: A mix of daytime, evening and online courses
Start: Fall, Spring, or Summer; Full- or Part-Time

Criminal Justice — Associate in Science Degree (60 credits)
Corrections — Certificate (12 credits)
Investigation — Certificate (12 credits)
Private Security — Certificate (12 credits)
Criminal Justice (CJS) intelligence and Crime Analysis (10 credits)

About the Program


This Associate in Science degree provides you with a broad-based liberal arts education to help prepare you for the rigors of the criminal justice profession and advancement of knowledge of the criminal justice system. Program curriculum includes criminal law and procedure, policing, investigation, corrections and juvenile justice. Each course is designed to illustrate the social, legal and ethical issues relevant to the criminal justice profession today. Completion of this Associate in Science degree provides a foundation allowing you to transfer to a four-year academic institution. We also offer certificates in focused areas of the Criminal Justice profession.

You are required to complete 80 hours of criminal justice related service learning to complete the AS degree. This requirement will be met upon completion of CJS 2081 & CJS 2085 with a grade of C or higher. You are advised not to enroll in both classes during the same semester.

Articulation Agreements


Articulation agreements provide students with educational plans that help them transfer into four-year colleges and universities.

Potential Job Titles


Corrections Officers
Detectives & Criminal Investigators

Salary Data


  • Corrections Officers
    Average Wage: $22.16/hour
    Top Earners: $28.18/hour
  • Detectives & Criminal Investigators
    Average Wage: $35.90/hour
    Top Earners: $56.52/hour
(seven county metro area - www.iseek.org)

Learning Outcomes


Criminal Justice - AS 60 Credits

  • Examine the interaction between police organizations, the courts, corrections, and the community in the administration of justice.
  • Analyze lifelong ethical and professional responsibilities of criminal justice personnel in the administration of justice.
  • Demonstrate effective decision making, critical thinking, and communication skills in written and verbal form.
  • Understand hiring practices, training evolutions, subcultures, attitudes and orientation of criminal justice professionals.
  • Have the requisite knowledge, skill and ability to transfer successfully into the 3rd year of baccalaureate degrees in criminal justice or related fields at other colleges and universities.

Corrections - Certificate 12 Credits

  • Examine the interaction between police organizations, the courts, corrections, and the community in the administration of justice.
  • Analyze lifelong ethical and professional responsibilities of criminal justice personnel in the administration of justice.
  • Demonstrate effective decision making, critical thinking, and communication skills in written and verbal form.
  • Understand hiring practices, training evolutions, subcultures, attitudes and orientation of criminal justice professionals.
  • Have the requisite knowledge, skill and ability to transfer successfully into the 3rd year of baccalaureate degrees in criminal justice or related fields at other colleges and universities.

Intelligence and Crime Analysis - Certificate 10 Credits

  • Analyze lifelong ethical and professional responsibilities of intelligence and crime analysis personnel.
  • Demonstrate effective decision making, critical thinking, and communication skills in written and verbal form.
  • Examine the interactions within intelligence and crime analysis agencies.
  • Understand hiring practices, training evolutions, subcultures, attitudes and orientation of intelligence and crime analysis agencies.

Investigations - Certificate 12 Credits

  • Analyze lifelong ethical and professional responsibilities of intelligence and crime analysis personnel.
  • Demonstrate effective decision making, critical thinking, and communication skills in written and verbal form.
  • Examine the interactions within intelligence and crime analysis agencies.
  • Understand hiring practices, training evolutions, subcultures, attitudes and orientation of intelligence and crime analysis agencies.

Private Security - Certificate 12 Credits

  • Analyze lifelong ethical and professional responsibilities of public and private security personnel.
  • Demonstrate effective decision making, critical thinking, and communication skills in written and verbal form.
  • Examine the interactions between public safety agencies and security agencies.
  • Understand hiring practices, training evolutions, subcultures, attitudes and orientation of public and private security agencies.

Program Prerequisites


Assessment score placement in Reading 0090 or above, or completion of Reading 0080 with a grade of C or higher.

Related Programs


Law Enforcement
Computer Forensics

Contact Information


Admissions Office 651.773.1700 admissions@century.edu Room 2350 West
Counseling & Advising Office 651.779.3285 Ask Century Room 2410 West
Financial Aid Office 651.779.3305 finaid@century.edu Room 2320 West

Program Contact Information


John Adie 651.748.5333 john.adie@century.edu Room 3563 East
Mary Vukelich 651.779.3981 mary.vukelich@century.edu Room 1229 East