Criminal Justice Associate Degree

Become a Criminal Justice Professional

Prepare for a career making a difference with a criminal justice degree.

Criminal Justice Associate Degree
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Quick Facts

Total Program Credits:
90 Credits

Transfer Credits:
Transfer in up to 75% of the program
*Prior learning and work experience may count toward program credit

Program Length:
6 quarters full time
18 months with year-round classes

Employment Rate:
63% for 2012 - 2013

Salary Range:
Full-time $18,500 - $37,440

An associate degree in criminal justice is a career-oriented program meant to prepare you for entry-level positions in a range of criminal justice positions, including corrections officers, private security, protective services and investigator positions.

In as few as two years with Globe University, you can be prepared for a variety of positions and develop many marketable skills such as:

  • Professional communication
  • Technical writing skills
  • Mathematical reasoning
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Knowledge of psychology

Courses specific to criminal justice include:

  • Legal Terminology
  • Criminology
  • Investigation: Processes and Procedures
  • Applied Ethics
  • Security: Private, Local, State and Federal Governments

You can earn an associate degree in criminal justice in as few as 18 months.

From basic knowledge of the legal system to specific skills required by employers, Globe University’s program can help you prepare for your future career.

In our associate of criminal justice program, you can:

  • Enjoy the flexibility of day or evening classes
  • Learn from qualified criminal justice professionals
  • Take courses developed with employer input
  • Focus on hands-on, real-world experiences
  • Evaluate the quality of multiple viewpoints, arguments and evidence and distinguish between fact and opinion
  • Exhibit social responsibility and examine the diverse cultures and value systems of our global community
  • Work with our career specialists for career search assistance
A representative will be happy to help you weigh your options. Call toll-free: 1-877-303-6060, contact college admissions or stop by any campus location with questions.


Some states, including Minnesota, require training in addition to our criminal justice degree program for employment as a peace officer (deputy sheriff, police officer or state patrol officer).

This program does not fulfill Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training requirements. Please check your state’s Peace Officer and Standards Training (POST) board requirements to determine eligibility for this profession.

Investigations: Processes and Procedures/

This course presents modern theories and practices of criminal investigation, including preliminary investigation, related communication and reporting functions, and final court actions. Simulations and case study analysis are used to explore investigation strategies and tactics. Students evaluate appropriate users and anticipated effects of various methods.

Criminology

The objective of this course is to present students with a clear, contemporary and comprehensive analysis of criminology that encourages critical thinking about the causes of crime and crime-prevention strategies. Students also analyze if crime is an individual responsibility or a symptom of a dysfunctional society.

Security Threat Groups in Criminal Justice

This course examines the impact of gang activity on crime in America. It focuses on the gang subculture, its appeal and grasp on youth, and results of programs and strategies created and implemented to curb the increase in gang violence.

Evidence-based Corrections

This course will provide an overview of evidence-based corrections, probation and parole. Students will learn community-based supervision, residential (half-way houses, work release, shock incarceration) and non-residential programs (home detention, electronic home monitoring), restorative justice programs, evidence-based practices and level of service inventory (LSI).

Criminal Law and Procedure

This course reviews the fundamentals of criminal litigation enhanced with practical skills needed to work in this area. Students investigate criminal law, including categories, elements and defenses of crimes, procedural criminal law, the criminal legal process and constitutional considerations.

Here are a few examples of companies that have employed our graduates.

A.A.S. Criminal Justice Graduates July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2013

  • American Security and Investigations, LLC
  • General Security Services Corp. - Minneapolis
  • G4s Secure Solutions
  • Jackson County Sheriff's Department
  • Midwest Patrol & Investigative, LLC
  • Securitas 

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