Criminal Justice: Associate of Applied Science
For students whose goal is to pursue a career in the field of criminal justice, National American University offers the criminal justice associate of applied science degree. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a foundation in the knowledge, skills, and abilities for the criminal justice career field. Students who earn the associate of applied science degree are prepared for entry-level employment in policing, courts, and corrections. Policing and institutional corrections employment will also require the completion of a training academy. The associate degree can be a requirement for entry-level employment in various criminal justice agencies and is often criteria for higher skilled employment and higher pay scales. In some agencies, the associate of applied science degree can be a requirement or weighted factor in the promotion process. The student with an associate of applied science degree in criminal justice is qualified to apply for the positions of police patrol officer, court clerk, court bailiff, correctional officer, probation officer, parole officer, and some federal positions with the requisite law enforcement experience.
Students entering the criminal justice program should be aware that graphic images depicting violent crimes are utilized as teaching tools in various courses. Students should be prepared to view these images and to engage in discussions regarding these images as part of their required learning activities.
The program will:
- Provide students with the knowledge of the components of criminal justice: policing, courts, and corrections.
- Provide students with a systems theory perspective of how the criminal justice system is intended to work and the reality of how the system actually works, creating the issues and dilemmas that criminal justice professionals must manage and solve.
- Develop the teamwork skills of students to work on criminal justice teams to perform essential functions.
- Develop the written and oral skills of students to perform the essential communication functions of criminal justice work such as communication with personnel, government and the community.
- Encourage students to pursue continuing education and memberships in professional organizations.
- Prepare students for promotional opportunities in the criminal justice field and for seeking the bachelor's degree that will provide them with the skills needed to perform administrative tasks in criminal justice careers.
Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the program will:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the criminal justice system's operations and issues.
- Apply legal principles to the police, courts, and correctional components of the criminal justice system.
- Apply ethical decision-making models and professional standards to criminal justice situations.