AS in Criminal Justice

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Criminal Justice Associate's Online Degree from SNHU

Learn the Complexities of the American Justice System

Go beyond criminology and law enforcement with an associate degree in criminal justice online at Southern New Hampshire University. You’ll have a broad choice of courses, allowing you to gain a sweeping overview of the American justice system, criminal law, social science and more. This diverse approach to your studies translates into expanded opportunities when you graduate.

SNHU’s associate degree in criminal justice online program is suited for both experienced criminal justice professionals who want to upgrade their skillset and those seeking entry-level professional positions in the field.

Why the Associate Degree in Criminal Justice Online at SNHU?

As a private, nonprofit accredited university, SNHU focuses on ensuring you learn the necessary skills to succeed. By enrolling in the associate degree in criminal justice online at SNHU, you will benefit from:

  • Accomplished faculty with strong academic credentials and relevant real-world experience
  • Credits toward a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice online
  • One of the most affordable online criminal justice degree programs available
  • Opportunity to obtain optional certificates in Policing and Law, Law and Legal Process and Terrorism and Homeland Security
  • 24/7 access to class materials – you learn on your schedule
  • Discounted tuition for active military and military spouses
  • Academic advisors who care about your success and work with you every step of the way

Employment Opportunities for Criminal Justice Majors

The employment outlook for criminal justice majors is good. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, a wide range of positions in government agencies are expected to see 7 percent growth through 2020.

With an associate degree in criminal justice online under your belt, you’ll have a variety of career opportunities in:

  • Law
  • Business Security
  • Terrorism Prevention
  • Court Administration
  • Corrections
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Victim Advocacy
  • Military

Visit our Career Development Center online to learn more about career opportunities in criminal justice.

Transfer of Credit

If you are a student who wants to transfer to SNHU or if you simply want to finish what you’ve started, we try to make transferring as easy as possible. We will accept up to 30 transferred academic credits toward an Associate Degree and we automatically complete an official credit evaluation as part of the application review process.

Associate Degree in Criminal Justice Online - Curriculum

Through a carefully selected program of study, you have the opportunity to discover a broad scope of the American justice system. You can tailor the associate degree in criminal justice online program according to your career goals with courses in policing and law enforcement, crime and criminology and law and legal processes. In light of the professional nature of the justice system, you will also be encouraged to explore courses in such aligned areas as business, psychology, sociology, information technology and political science.

Core Requirements

ENG-122: English Composition I
English 122 is a college-level writing course that introduces students to the various forms of academic discourse. This course focuses primarily on the basic elements of college composition and writing as a process in both narrative and analytical forms. Students will investigate the importance and promise of effective written communication in various personal and professional contexts and identify effective strategies through critical analysis of written works as well as their own writing. Finally, this course prepares students for more advanced research analysis by connecting students to important avenues of research.
ENG-123: English Composition II
English 123 focuses students on the importance of research to advancing knowledge for various purposes. This course will build on the foundations of composition and introduce students to the research process and the analysis and evaluation of various sources. Students will investigate the writing process for research as well as appropriate research methods and skills. Additionally, this course offers multiple opportunities to engage in the important tasks of revision and editing and will ask students to incorporate feedback to improve their writing.
IT-100: Introduction to Information Technology
This is the fundamental computer fluency course required for all Southern New Hampshire University students. It is designed to promote a working knowledge and understanding of computer information technology concepts, skills and capabilities that support academic and professionally related goals and requirements. Students learn about the application and science of information technology. Concepts to master include the fundamentals of computer information technologies along with issues that affect people today such as : Internet and other network technologies, web publishing, digital media, hardware, software, file and database management, information security, viruses, and spyware, social impact, as well as algorithmic thinking and the limits of computation. Students develop capabilities such a managing complexity, assessing the quality of information, collaborating and communicating using IT, anticipating technological change and thinking abstractly and critically about IT. Students develop computer-related skills in support of their college studies and career goals. This is accomplished, in part, by the mastery of word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software.
SNHU-107: Success Strategies for Online Learning
This course focuses on student success strategies for students who are new to higher education or online learning. Skill areas include academic research and writing, effective communication in an online environment, critical thinking, self-advocacy and support services, community learning and group collaboration, and the empowerment of students to utilize their strengths in order to improve the likelihood of academic success.

Select one MAT foundations course
Select one EFAH exploration elective
Select one ESBS exploration elective
Select one ESTM exploration elective

Criminal Justice (AS) Online Major Courses

CJ-104: Ethics and the Criminal Justice Leader
This course examines the subject of ethics as it relates to leadership in the criminal justice profession. It provides for an in-depth understanding and application of ethical decision-making processes at all levels of the criminal justice organization.
Take JUS-101
CJ-202: Writing for the Criminal Justice Profession
This course will equip the criminal justice student with the skills and assets necessary for writing with the precision, coherence, and integrity that are crucial to the demands of the profession and the criminal justice system.
Take ENG-123 and JUS-101
JUS-101: Introduction to Criminal Justice
This course covers the nature, scope and impact of crime in the United States, independent and interdependent operations and procedures of police, courts and corrections, and introductory theories of crime and delinquency. The course introduces the justice model in a systematic way whereby students delve into the numerous components of the justice system including law enforcement, legal and judicial process and correctional operations. Career opportunities will be fully covered throughout the course.
JUS-224: Legal and Justice Research Methods
A criminal justice exploration of the specialized methods and sources of legal and justice research in these areas. Justice publications and resources, case collections, computer-assisted research, constitutional materials, legal history, legal periodicals, legislative history, practice and procedures, and social science materials related to law. Application of legal research strategies will be required.
JUS-261: Judicial Administration
An examination of the American judicial system, highlighting state, local, and federal tribunals, including an assessment of their hierarchy, subject matter jurisdiction, and administration. Also reviewed will be judicial reasoning, judicial process and the chief personnel responsible for judicial operations. More particularly the course will expose the various phases inherent in civil and criminal litigation including the concepts of jurisdiction, venue, parties and the pleadings that guide advocacy. Typical case calendars and dockets will be examined throughout the course so that students may acquire a complete understanding of the litigation process.
JUS-305: International Criminal Justice
This course compares and contrasts the criminal justice system of the United States with the systems of other countries on a substantive and procedural basis. A thorough examination of other cultural models of law and justice in order that differences in justice processing and definition become apparent. Some emphasis is placed on international policing and legal enforcement, whether through INTERPOL, treaty or other regulation.
JUS-331: Juvenile Justice System
This course covers the juvenile justice system, with special emphasis on the way it procedurally differs from adult offender adjudication. The parts of the juvenile justice system, hearings, due process standards and constitutional mandates are fully reviewed. Status offenders and other youth classifications are considered, together with a historical summary of juvenile court philosophy. New trends in the procedural disposition of juveniles especially transfer to adult jurisdiction, types of punishment, suitability of the death penalty are discussed.
JUS-375: Criminal Law
An introduction to substantive criminal law that reviews the social, philosophical, and legal foundations of criminal codification. In addition, the course covers the historical development of criminal law in the U.S. Other subject matters include parties to crimes including principals/accessories, criminal capacity, criminal elements, e.g. mens rea, actus rea, and the specific crimes against person, property, and public order. Lastly, the course captures criminal law from the defendant's perspective by reviewing the accuser's mental states, potential defenses and uses of mitigation.

Select one of the following:

JUS-102: American Policing
An introduction to the police system in America, which is the gateway to the criminal justice process. Topics considered include the historical foundations of police processes, occupational roles and tasks of law enforcement, and the nature and designs of typical, as well as innovative, police systems. Perennial problems of policing, particularly as it relates to community interaction, are also essential components of the course.
JUS-103: Correctional Systems
This course examines the management, structure, and organizational design of correctional institutions. Correctional planning, construction, program evaluation and community interaction will be considered and improvement strategies for correctional operations will be debated and critiqued. The course provides a broad based overview of the correctional system which incarcerates and confines, treats, and reclaims criminal personalities and protects and serves the state and the community by removing threats to the social order.
JUS-104: Introduction to Security
A basic overview of private sector justice is the course's chief aim. Types of security operations and functions comprises much of the course coverage including perimeter and physical security, intelligence gathering, retail and industrial security, terrorism and executive protection as well as security in select business and industrial centers. Careers, regulation and licensure, and the debate on professionalization are other areas of major intellectual concern.

Free Elective Credits: 9

Total Credits: 60

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