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AAS in Criminal Justice and Criminology

Purdue University Global offers an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology program that gives students the opportunity to learn about the methods, procedures, and theories used in the criminal justice field. Keep reading to find out more.

Official Program Name:

Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:

Associate's

Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to Purdue University Global's Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology program should have an interest in public safety. Applicants might also need to have good communication and critical thinking skills to do well in this program. Applicants to Purdue University Global must have a high school diploma, GED, home study certificate, or the equivalent. A passing score on an entrance exam may be required in some instances.

Program Description

Purdue University Global's Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology program is designed to provide students with an overview of criminological theories and criminal justice laws. Students will have the opportunity to gain insight into criminal profiling, criminological policy and procedure, and criminological theory and research. This program also includes a course that is intended to prepare students to work with various populations in the criminal justice field.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

90 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology:

This program requires the completion of 90 credits. Students must complete 10 major courses, 5 open electives, and 3 general education courses. Program and course requirements can change at any time. Contact Purdue Global University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Criminal Justice and Criminology Major Courses (50 credits)

  • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  • Preparing for a Career in Public Safety
  • Criminology I
  • Introduction to Crime Analysis
  • Introduction to Constitutional Law
  • Fundamentals of Psychological Profiling
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • Deviance and Violence
  • Sociology
  • Associate's Capstone in Criminal Justice and Criminology

Elective Courses (25 credits)

  • Open Electives

General Education (15 credits)

  • College Composition I
  • College Composition II
  • Choose 1 of the following:
    • Survey of Mathematics
    • College Algebra

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students interested in continuing their education after completing the Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology program might want to pursue a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, criminology, or corrections. Completing a bachelor's degree program in the field of criminal justice might open up additional career opportunities for graduates.

Graduates of the associate's degree program might want to consider the following options for a bachelor's degree program:

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Corrections
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminology

Career Paths:

The Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology program at Purdue Global University is intended to teach students the skills needed to work in the criminal justice field. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the policies and procedures used in the criminal justice system as well as how to analyze crime.

Graduates of the criminal justice and criminology program might be interested in the following careers:

  • Crime scene investigator
  • Patrol officer
  • Police officer
  • Detective

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