Program Overview

The Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice degree program from Lenoir Community College provides students the foundational education to pursue entry-level positions at law enforcement agencies, security departments. Students may also put forward this education to needed credits to transfer into a four-year college or university. Criminal justice is a sought after career field by many professionals, both inside and outside of the law enforcement industry. Criminal justice is a field of work that contributes to the safety and protection of a society, as well as fosters civil behavior and promotes law abiding. The associate program of study will introduce students to essential concepts of introductory law procedures, the court systems, and policing protocol in addition to the academic curriculum needed for a broad understanding of the discipline. 


Gaining a foundation in criminal justice will consist of students learning the necessary knowledge and skills related to enforcing laws, reducing crime, and performing responsibilities of punishing those who decide to break established rules. The concept of criminal justice is a blend of practices that are needed to enter an organization and perform the learned goals. Higher education in criminal justice may be applied in many careers as well as in many professional environments. 



Students must complete the required 65 semester credit hours and maintain a 2.0 GPA to be eligible to transfer credits to a participating North Carolina state colleges or universities. It is the student’s responsibility to understand the accepting school minimum requirements as well as Lenoir Community College’s transfer policy.

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    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    School Overview

    Lenoir Community College is a two-year public school located in Kinston, North Carolina. LCC was established in 1958 by the State Board of Legislation. Lenoir Community College is part of the North Carolina Community College System. The school serves nearly 850,000 citizens annually through its primary service area, which includes Lenoir, Greene, and Jones counties.

    Lenoir Community College offers certificates of completion and associate’s degrees. The College offers many certificates and diploma options requiring less than two years for completion. Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, weekend, and in online format. Distance Education courses carry the same academic credit and rigor as traditional on-campus classes and follow the same semester start and end times. Online courses can be hybrid, web-assisted, internet-based, or video courses.

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