AAS Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice

This two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice is designed to prepare students, with or without experience, for entry-level jobs in criminal justice fields such as law enforcement, the court system, corrections, and security. The program combines a broad background of courses in the area of law enforcement, corrections, and criminal law with a sound liberal arts education. Employment opportunities for graduates are available in city, county, and state agencies, as well as, private industry and the armed forces.


*Students should work closely with their advisor so that their career and academic goals are paired with the appropriate degree.


Program Learning Outcomes

  • Provide a detailed analysis of the criminal justice process (Ability to distinguish between and explore the roles and relationships between the police, courts, and corrections).

  • Evaluate the purposes and responsibilities of the numerous criminal justice practitioners in the ethical operation of a proficient system of justice.

  • Analyze the difficulties that arise within the criminal justice system concerning race, gender, and socioeconomic status.

  • Scrutinize the history of the criminal justice system as well as the current practices used.

  • Explicate the various crimes within the penal code and the potential punishments associated with each.

  • Present a detailed explanation of the principles and philosophical structure of Criminal Law and the Rules of Evidence.

  • Demonstrate proper dactylograghic procedures and successfully lift a fingerprint while demonstrating basic crime scene processing procedures.

  • Evaluate criminological theories of crime causation.


Program Assessment


Candidates for the Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice and the Associate of Science degree in Criminology at Arkansas Northeastern College are required, as a condition of graduation, to participate in the outcomes assessments conducted by the academic units of the College, including general education. All students of both the Criminal Justice and Criminology programs are required to take the Area Concentration Achievement Test (ACAT) during their last semester.



Key Questions


Are you a "detail" person?

  • Careers in criminal justice require careful attention to and documentation of details.

Are you able to work different shifts?

  • Law enforcement and corrections officers normally work different shifts in the course of their jobs.

Do you like to work outdoors?

  • Law enforcement and corrections officers often work outdoors while performing their duties.

Are you comfortable wearing and, possibly, using firearms?

  • Most careers in law enforcement, corrections, and private security require persons to wear firearms and to be able to use firearms if extreme circumstances warrant.



* For further information, please contact James Hartley at: jehartley@smail.anc.edu or call (870) 780-1208.



Degree Plans


Career Opportunities
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Corrections officer
  • Private security officer
  • Process server

Possible Work Settings
  • City police department
  • County police department (Sheriff's office)
  • State police department
  • State level prison or jail facility
  • Private industry facility

Job Opportunities



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