Online Criminal Justice Associates Degree
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.
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
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