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Criminal Justice Associate Degree Program

AAS Justice Studies

Knowledge of Community Justice
Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science in Justice Studies degree program, graduates will have gained a broad comprehension of the justice system. This program includes the study of the United States court systems, correctional organizations, law enforcement agencies, and both public and private security venues. Students will be provided with a survey of the skills and abilities necessary to adapt to the changing technology tools that are growing in use across the justice field such as digital crime, forensics and crime scene investigation. Students will also explore the nature and extent of crime and delinquency, and the cause and explanation of deviant behavior. The program is designed to provide graduates with a balance of theory and practice that will enhance their preparation for the varied and technology-driven justice field. Reading, writing, critical thinking skills, and ethical decision-making are rigorously applied and developed throughout the program of study.

Skills You'll Learn
1 Adapt essential communication skills to interact effectively with supervisors, peers, and the public in the various justice professional settings
2 Adapt and apply information technology knowledge, skills and abilities to justice applications
3 Develop the IT skills required in a criminal justice setting.
4 Distinguish job functions and responsibilities of both public and private agencies serving the justice sectors
5 Prepare and evaluate reports, memos, and other documents to meet the professional standards of the justice system or private security field
6 Recognize safety and security issues such as threat awareness, safety procedures, and the basic equipment used to secure suspects or prisoners
7 Utilize effective problem solving skills to critically evaluate work place scenarios encountered in the justice profession and assess ethical response
Paralegal Studies
Jobs in Justice Studies
Corrections Officer $44,350 Average Starting Salary
Quality Manager $34,460 Average Starting Salary
Source: O*Net Median Wages


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