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Columbus State University

Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice

College of Letters and Sciences

Department of Criminal Justice

Program Description

The Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice (AASCJ) degree is designed for students who are seeking a degree that will meet the minimum educational requirements of various law enforcement agencies for entry and/or promotion. All criminal justice majors are strongly encouraged to take and complete the associate degree in criminal justice before taking any bachelor degree criminal justice courses.

Career Opportunities

  • City and-or state police
  • Sheriffs' departments
  • Probation departments
  • Georgia Bureau of Investigation
  • Drug enforcement agencies
  • Secret Service
  • Correctional institutions
  • Juvenile justice agencies
  • Private, industrial security
  • FBI

Admission Requirements

There are no program specific admission requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge of:

  • principles of criminal justice systems
  • knowledge of law enforcement organization and procedures
  • skills of legal research and analysis
  • concepts of punishment and rehabilitation in the context of correctional systems
  • major theories of criminal behavior

Additional Program Requirements

Up to 12 hours of credit from professional training academies may be applied toward an associate or bachelor's degree.

Program Of Study

General Education Courses Required Hours: 24

Select any one PEDS course
Select one course from the following two courses:
HIST 2111
HIST 2112

Select one mathematics course from below:

Select one science course from below (no lab required, unless included in selected course):

Program Requirements Required Hours: 24
A grade of "C" or better is required in each CRJU course.


Choose four of the following courses:
  • ANTH 1105 Cultural Anthropology (3 hrs)
  • PSYC 1101 Introduction to Psychology (3 hrs)
  • SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology (3 hrs)
  • Foreign Language 1001/1002/2001/2002 (3-6 hrs)
  • POLS 2401 Global Issues (3 hrs)
  • PHIL 2010 Introduction to Philosophy (3 hrs)
  • PHIL 2020 Critical Thinking (3 hrs)
  • PHIL 2030 Moral Philosophy (3 hrs)

  • General Education Electives Required Hours: 9
    Select nine semester hours from Areas A-E of the core curriculum, at least three of which must be from Area C.

    Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics



    General Electives Required Hours: 6

    Total Hours Required: 63

    2 Year Course Schedule

    Suggested two year course schedule