Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice
American Public University System

Program Details

Gain new skills or enhance existing knowledge in law enforcement with an online Criminal Justice associate’s degree. Students will gain a foundational framework in criminal justice theory and concepts, terrorism, legal issues, and law enforcement objectives. 

This degree is designed for those already employed in or interested in pursuing a career as a law enforcement officer, investigator, agent, criminologist, or other related positions. The curriculum examines criminological, sociological, legal, and political influences on the American criminal justice system. Graduates will understand a range of Criminal Justice topics such as collecting and preserving evidence, terrorism, juvenile delinquency, and the history of law enforcement.

Additional topics covered by this major include:

  • Criminal justice administration
  • Intercultural communication
  • Emergency and disaster incident command
  • The court system


  • Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent
  • College Readiness Assessment (waived for students with 9 or more college credits)
  • Official transcripts

School Accreditation Statement

Higher Learning Commission