Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice
Lincoln College of New England
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.
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
Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC), and the State of Connecticut Board of Governors for Higher Education.
Until recently, Lincoln College of New England was best known as Briarwood College to many in Southington, Connecticut. Founded in 1966, Briarwood began as the all girls Briarwood Secretarial School. In 1979, the renamed Briarwood College transitioned to a coeducational campus and expanded its degree programs, along with its physical campus. In 2008, the Lincoln Educational Services Corporation acquired Briarwood College and Clemens College, consolidating them into the Lincoln College of New England. Today, the Lincoln College of New England has two campus locations in Connecticut, in addition to a virtual campus.
Lincoln College of New England offers students the opportunities to choose from online programs and blended programs. Online programs are delivered fully online while blended programs target working professionals and are a combination of online courses and on-campus courses taught at the Hartford, Connecticut campus. Classes for online programs are taught asynchronously, and include lectures, videos, simulations, discussion boards, and assignments.
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