Online Criminal Justice Associates Degree
Bay State College
Bay State College offers an Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice for students who are interested in careers in criminology, law enforcement, criminal justice, law, the courts, and the legal system. Students will learn about the processes involved in the investigation, arrest, and legal processes involved in trying suspects, as well as understanding the psychology and sociological factors that induce criminal behavior. Students will learn about statistical monitoring of criminal activity and learn how police forces and other agencies use statistics and other monitoring techniques in order to best manage and control criminal activity. This degree forms the basis for future growth and study in criminal justice by providing the foundation in studies such as communication, statistics, and other basic fields which will be used in advanced study.
The program consists of classroom courses which emphasize real-world education through examination of cases and education which will be applicable on the job. Those classes include computer and information literacy, introduction to criminal justice, criminal law, American court systems, criminal investigation and procedure, English, psychology, sociology, public speaking, corrections, function of police in modern society, civil rights and liberties, juvenile justice, communications in criminal justice, and college algebra.
Through completion of the program, students will have demonstrated the professionalism and skill necessary to earn the degree. The qualifications demonstrate that the student has been able to apply the principles they have learned in the program into their eventual development as a functional affective professional in their field. These qualifications include but are not limited to the ability to explain concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and trends in criminal justice, to demonstrate the ability to apply legal and ethical principles to the criminal justice system, to describe the structure, function, and interaction of key institutions in criminal justice, to discuss the patterns, typologies, and root causes of crime, and to apply criminal justice concepts, processes, and practices to social justice and social change.
Degree Level: Associate
Delivery Format: 100% Online
Accreditation & Licensing
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education,
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Technical and Career Institutions
In 1946, Bay State College limited instruction to enhancing skill sets for students entering the airline industry. Then in 1961, Bay State relocated to its current campus in Back Bay, Boston. By 1975, the college expanded programs to offer Associate’s degrees, and gained accreditation in 1989. Bay State introduced Bachelor’s degree programs in 2004. Currently, the private, not-for-profit Bay State College houses the main downtown Boston campus, along with a satellite campus in Middleborough, Massachusetts, and a third online division.
Students can complete online degrees through the distance learning campus at Bay State College. Online courses feature asynchronous instructor-guided sessions, complete with assignments and class activities. In addition, classes operate on the same schedule as on-campus counterparts, with eight-week long classes conducted in six terms per academic year. Students participating in on-campus day or evening programs may also enroll in online classes to accommodate busy lifestyles. Online students also have access to resources, including the Bay State College Library and its extensive online database.
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