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Saint Leo University

AA in Criminal Justice

Individuals who want to prepare for entry-level careers in the criminal justice or law enforcement fields could pursue a degree such as Saint Leo University's online Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice. Read on to learn more about this online associate's degree program.

Official Program Name:

Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice

School Offering Program:

Saint Leo University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Potential students of Saint Leo University's Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice program should be interested in preparing for a career where they serve their communities. Excellent interpersonal skills and an interest in the law as a whole are essential. Applicants to Saint Leo University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

Saint Leo University takes a Catholic approach to the teaching of criminal justice theories. Students who enroll in the school's online Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice program is designed to provide students with a foundation in the field of criminal justice. They

could be able to gain knowledge in the areas of organ trafficking, non-verbal communication, and criminal procedure. General education coursework requirements include English, mathematics, and basic computer concepts. The program is also designed to provide an overview of criminal justice ethics along with an introduction to crime scene investigation techniques.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

60 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

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

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Required Courses for an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice:

The Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice program from Saint Leo University is a 60-credit program. General education courses account for 33 of those credits, and major courses account for 21 credits. Students must complete an additional 6 credits to fulfill the 60 credits required for graduation. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Saint Leo University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

General Education Requirements (33 credits)

  • Academic Writing I
  • Academic Writing II
  • College Mathematics
  • Finite Mathematics
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Complete one course from the following choices:
    • Economics for Life
    • Immigration: The Changing Face of America
    • Revolution Now! Democracy in Troubled Times
    • Psychological Well Being: How to be Sane in an Insane World
    • The McDonaldization of Society
  • Complete one course from the following choices:
    • Curves Ahead: Women Artists and the Female Form
    • Native American History & Life: More Than Tipis & Tomahawks
    • Once Upon a Time: Readings in Folklore and Culture
    • Building a Multiracial Society
  • Choose two courses from the following choices:
    • Evaluating the Predictions of Global Warming
    • Is Evolution True? Your Inner Fish
    • Human Ecology
    • Energy and Its Impact on Global Society
    • Science in Science Fiction
  • Complete one course from the following choices:
    • Living the Theatre: Dramatic Skills for all Disciplines
    • Giants of the Arts
    • Spirituals to Rock and Roll: The Story of How American Popular Music Conquered the World
    • Love and Desire in Literature
    • Monsters and the Monstrous in Literature
    • On the Proverbial Road: Journeys of Transformation in Narrative
    • Writing Wild: Exploring the Four Genres
  • Complete one of the following courses:
    • Encountering the Real: Faith and Philosophical Enquiry
    • Thinking and Doing Ethics
  • Complete one course from the following choices:
    • The Emergence of Christianity: Examination of Foundational Christian Texts
    • Christian Spiritual Vision
    • Many are Called, but Who is Chosen? Christian Understandings of Salvation
    • World Religions: East and West

Major Requirements (21 credits)

  • Survey of the Criminal Justice System
  • Introduction to Homeland Defense
  • Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation
  • Substantive Criminal Law
  • Law of Criminal Procedure
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Criminal Justice Ethics

General Elective Requirements (6 credits)

  • Students must complete 6 credits of general electives

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education: 

In order to gain more specialized knowledge in the area of criminal justice, students might consider earning a bachelor's degree after completing Saint Leo University's Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice program. In addition to learning about interrogation and hostage-negotiation techniques, students could be able to learn about police administration and criminal law. Following are examples of programs to which AA graduates might apply:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Criminalistics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Homeland Security

Career Paths:

As graduates of Saint Leo University's Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice program, students could be able to exhibit the skills necessary to pursue entry-level careers in criminal justice. They might seek employment in settings such as government or law enforcement agencies, correctional facilities, or security companies. Potential career titles include:

  • Police officer
  • Bailiff
  • State trooper
  • Probation officer
  • Coast Guard officer