Program Overview

The Associate of Arts in General Studies program provides students with a solid foundation for future educational and career opportunities, with the concentration in Criminal Justice offering them a framework for starting out in the field. Through a broad range of general education courses focused on the liberal arts, students develop their awareness of the key forces of societal change: social, cultural, historical, economic, political, and technological. Additionally, the Criminal Justice concentration prepares students practically and philosophically for a wide variety of entry-level career opportunities in the criminal justice field. *Pending WSCUC approval.

Program Highlights

Our FlexCourse℠ on-demand online program gives you the freedom to earn your degree at your own pace while still enjoying close interaction with your course instructor.

Criminal Justice Concentration Curriculum

The below listed curriculum covers the 15 semester units for the concentration curriculum. Visit the AA Program page for the remaining curriculum.

Criminal Justice
Units
CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
3
This course provides students with an introduction to the criminal justice system in the United States. Emphasis is placed on crime and justice; law and the criminal justice system; police and law enforcement operations; juvenile justice; and contemporary issues in policing, courts, corrections, incarcerations, and reentry. Students will develop an understanding that criminal justice is a complex social system and is a larger part of the broader social, political, and economic systems of the country.
CRJ 150 Corrections
3
This course examines the context, trends, practices, and special interests of corrections. Emphasis is placed on the history and current trends of the practice, jails, the prison experience, institutional management, educational/treatment programs, prisoners’ rights, women in prison, and race/ethnicity challenges.
CRJ 260 Criminology
3
The course is a theoretical study of crime, its causes, and crime prevention and control. The student will examine the field of criminology and develop an understanding for how research models are used to better understand and explain criminal behavior and society’s response.
Criminal Justice
Units
CRJ 265 Juveniles in the Justice System
3
This course will bring the student with an interest in public safety and criminal justice into the American juvenile justice system. The student will learn about the laws and procedures that govern the way juveniles are handled by the police and the court, the reasons for them, and how to apply them in the everyday discharge of the law enforcement officer’s duty. This course covers the basics of juvenile justice, from entry into the system by way of law enforcement to prosecution, rehabilitation, and corrections.
CRJ 350 Ethical Behavior in the Criminal Justice System
3
This course covers the basics of public administration and the ethical issues of public service, including law enforcement, sentencing, corrections criminal justice research, and crime control.
Criminal Justice
Units
CRJ 265 Juveniles in the Justice System
3
This course will bring the student with an interest in public safety and criminal justice into the American juvenile justice system. The student will learn about the laws and procedures that govern the way juveniles are handled by the police and the court, the reasons for them, and how to apply them in the everyday discharge of the law enforcement officer’s duty. This course covers the basics of juvenile justice, from entry into the system by way of law enforcement to prosecution, rehabilitation, and corrections.
CRJ 350 Ethical Behavior in the Criminal Justice System
3
This course covers the basics of public administration and the ethical issues of public service, including law enforcement, sentencing, corrections criminal justice research, and crime control.

It’s About Tradition

John F. Kennedy University is an accredited nonprofit institution that has been preparing working adults to advance their careers and communities for over 50 years. Offering a variety of innovative, flexible degree programs, we make it possible for busy adults from various walks of life to realize personal and professional growth. We’re committed to providing the full range of support each student needs to change their lives and communities for the better.

The best way to make a change is getting a
good education.

– Mark, John F. Kennedy University College of Law Student