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Serve your community and enjoy a rewarding career in the fields of law enforcement, security, legal, and business with an Associate of Applied Science in criminal justice.

The Associate of Applied Science in criminal justice was designed for professionals already in the field as well as students preparing for entry-level careers in federal law enforcement, state and local police work, probational parole, and/or corrections. The courses in this program may be applied toward the bachelor's degree.

The foundational knowledge and skills obtained with your A.A.S. degree will prepare you for advancement in many careers including:

  • Border Patrol Agent
  • Corrections Officer
  • Criminologist
  • Detective
  • FBI Agent
  • Fish and Game Warden
  • Parole Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Private and Corporate Investigator
  • Security
Many graduates begin their careers in law enforcement where, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual median wage in 2022 was $69,160.


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UAFS's Bachelor of Science in criminal justice was designed in collaboration with federal, state, and local agencies to ensure you are prepared for career success. We understand the demands on your time, which is why our program is available completely online. Qualifying students will have the opportunity to participate in UAFS's Academic Internship Program and earn credit while gaining real-world experience in the criminal justice field through apprenticeships, cooperative education, job shadowing, and other planned experiences.


This 18-credit hour program is a structured selection of courses by which a student can enrich their academic preparation. This minor complements a major by broadening the student's experience.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the A.A.S. in criminal justice, students will be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively in a variety of formats. 
  2. Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends and understand and apply discipline principles to crucial issues in the broad field of criminal justice. 
  3. Demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes.
  4. Understand and apply basic research methods in criminal justice including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  5. Employ skeptical inquiry and use the scientific approach to solve problems related to criminal behavior. 
  6. Demonstrate the ethical behaviors and decision-making abilities required of criminal justice practitioners and professionally conduct themselves and treat others with respect.
  7. Interpret and analyze sources of information on criminal justice and in other areas as well as in terms of validity and trustworthiness.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of criminal justice as it relates to other disciplines and integrate the methods and insights of various disciplines in an attempt to create more comprehensive solutions to issues of crime.

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