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Pursuing a career in the field of criminal justice may provide you with a sense of value and commitment to your community. Criminal justice professionals help to uphold the law and provide a sense of safety and well-being to those around them. Earning an associate's degree in criminal justice may help prepare you for a variety of entry-level employment opportunities in this competitive field.
This criminal justice degree program is designed to help you develop a broad liberal arts knowledge base and the skills sought by employers in the criminal justice industry. Highlights include:
As a graduate of this program you may qualify for entry-level employment in police departments, sheriff's departments, or other law enforcement offices, juvenile detention facilities, jails, prisons, or the court system.* Opportunities may also exist in private-sector, corporate, and government security and private detection or investigation. Successful completion of the Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice program at Kaplan University may also prepare you for further baccalaureate and master's-level studies in criminal justice.†
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
Online Start Date
Jun 05, 2013
Online and Hagerstown Start Date
Jul 03, 2013
Total Program Credits: 90
This course provides an overview of the
criminal justice system in the United States. Students gain an
understanding of the philosophy and development of the criminal
justice system, the current state of the criminal justice
agencies and institutions, and the issues and challenges facing
Total Program Credits: 90
*Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.
This course explains the importance and legal
significance of evidence. It demonstrates how the investigative
process works, from crime scene preservation to case preparation
and courtroom presentation. It also examines various techniques
used during criminal investigations, such as photography,
interviewing, evidence handling, and scene reconstruction, and
how each applies to specific types of crimes.
This course examines the constitutional
protection and due process afforded every person arrested in the
United States. It provides students with a thorough understanding
of the U.S. justice system from the time of arrest through the
sentencing of the criminal off ender. In addition, this course
examines such matters as victims' rights and the effects of gangs
on the crime problem.
The capstone project applies problem-solving
techniques and research skills to real-world situations by
building on the criminal justice concepts learned by the student
in other courses. Students will identify a contemporary issue in
criminal justice, research the issue, analyze the situation,
define possible solutions, and then recommend and defend their
Last term or permission of the
Designed to facilitate personal and professional success, this course introduces students to the purposes and processes of university education. An emphasis is placed on study, communication, and thinking skills that support academic achievement. Students also examine the relationship between learning and motivation. (Onsite only)
course introduces students to careers in criminal justice and describes the
Kaplan University public safety degree programs. The field of study, skill
sets, and the criminal justice agencies and diverse populations encountered in the
field will be discussed. Students will research the public safety degree
program and class offerings in conjunction with their professional and personal
goals in order to map out their specific degree plan and career goals. This
course is designed to ensure criminal justice students have a successful social
and academic transition into academic excellence within the Kaplan University
community, and provide a foundation for success within the profession.
Total Program Credits: 90
Students who do not possess prior learning credit comparable to IT 133: Software Applications must either take the course as an elective or pass the IST assessment before their first term or upon completion of foundational coursework.
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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Kaplan University Learning Center students will only complete a portion of this program on site. You will need to complete at least 50% of the program requirements online, or through transfer credit awarded via prior learning assessment. If you have any questions about these requirements, please speak with an admissions advisor.
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* Additional police academy training may be required for law enforcement jobs.
† While many of Kaplan University's degree programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue continued bachelor-, graduate-, or doctorate-level education, the University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any programs.