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Program Details

The Associate of Science in Criminal Justice Degree at Lincoln College of Technology is designed for students seeking preparation for entry level work or continuing education in the field of criminal justice. The coursework in this program is intended to give instruction in both correctional theory and general education fundamentals. This program can be taken entirely online in order to cater to the needs of students that are working and have busy schedules.

An associate's degree is often the minimum prerequisite for entry-level work in criminal justice; this degree aims to ready graduates for immediate employment. Depending on the intended field of work, additional training or certifications may be required. Students are encouraged to meet with local law enforcement or correctional facilities to check on this criteria. Applicants with prior felony convictions may not be able to apply for some criminal justice related careers. Graduates may be ready to apply for positions in law enforcement, corrections, and related areas at various levels.

It is the goal of this program to produce graduates that possess good judgment, self-reliance, and acceptance of change. These individuals should take with them a functional knowledge of criminal court systems and the processes involved. Graduates should be able to identify crimes and their corresponding punishments, the differences between juvenile and adult courts, and the constitutional rights of accused individuals.

To earn this Associate of Science Degree, candidates must earn a total of 62 credits. This amount is split into 24 hours of major program requirements and 38 hours of general education courses. General education classes include a number of required classes and twelve credits of electives from areas such as communications, law, and the social and behavioral sciences.

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

Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC), and the State of Connecticut Board of Governors for Higher Education.