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Associate in Applied Science - Criminal Justice

Program Details

The Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice Degree at Southeastern Illinois College offers a technical and career preparation program designed to prepare students for entry-level work or career advancement in the field of criminal justice. This program can be completed online, allowing flexibility to working professionals that may have demanding schedules.

Though this program can be completed entirely online, there is an internship option for students that desire some additional hands-on experience. Graduates of this program may pursue careers in municipal police departments, county sheriff's departments, and private security agencies. For professionals already working in the Illinois corrections system, there are two other available AAS in Corrections Degree options from which they could directly benefit: Parole Officer and Youth Supervisor.

In order to successfully complete this program, students must earn a minimum of 62 hours of credit while maintaining at least a 2.0 overall GPA. This total comes from a combination of required and elective courses.  Students that enroll in the program at the rate of 15-17 credits per semester will be able to graduate in about two years.

The coursework for the program is a combination of major-specific instruction and a general education foundation for continuing education. Twelve credits of electives go towards additional criminal justice courses, while six to eight come from health, science, or general electives. Required courses include Criminal Law, Criminal Investigation, and Police Administration.


Applicants must submit an official copy of their high school transcript or GED scores and official college transcripts to the Enrollment Services Office.

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Southeastern Illinois College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.