Program Overview

Allen County Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice for students whose goals for their careers involve learning about the legal system and all the roles and responsibilities that are a part of working in criminal justice, including learning about criminology, law enforcement, the courts, and the legal system. Students will learn about the processes involved in the investigation, arrest, and legal processes in criminal justice while following procedure designed to protect constitutional rights of citizens, as well as understanding the psychology and sociological factors that induce criminal behavior.

The curriculum involves the study of social sciences and criminal studies in order to prepare the student for roles within the criminal justice system. Those classes include introduction to criminal justice, criminal law, technical writing, business communications, business math, college algebra, introduction to law enforcement, introduction to criminal investigation, and general psychology, among others.

Upon completion of the program, students will have demonstrated the necessary educational qualifications for roles within the criminal justice system.  These qualifications include but are not limited to the ability to demonstrate an understanding of the causes of crime, criminal law, the role of police, and forensic science; to demonstrate understanding of specialized areas of criminal justice, such as terrorism, cybercrime, global security, and intelligence; to demonstrate understanding of emerging issues and of a focus in a specific area, such as policing or security; and to prepare with a general education curriculum for future studies in undergraduate or graduate education.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    High school transcript or proof of GED completion and scores. Official transcripts from previous universities and colleges (if applicable). SAT/ACT scores - COMPASS/ASSET test administered to students not submitting SAT/ACT scores.

    School Overview

    The vision of Allen Community College is to be recognized for excellence as a valuable, responsive resource to the communities they serve and as a caring institution that empowers and educates our students to embrace change, become lifelong learners, and take their place as productive citizens in the global community.

    As an institution of higher education, the purpose of Allen Community College is to provide quality educational and support services in an atmosphere that is caring, safe, and conducive to learning.  Based on the belief that learning and self improvement are continuous processes, the college is committed to a wide range of accessible, affordable educational programs to enable students to reach their academic, occupational, and personal potential.

    Allen County Community College supports online learning and community sites, in addition to its two traditional campuses. Students at Allen County Community College can enroll in Associate’s degrees, certificate programs, and programs which lead to licensing or certification, ranging from fields of study in Early Childhood Education and Production Media to Biology and Pre-Veterinary Medicine. 


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