This two-year Associate of 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
Explicate the various crimes within
the penal code and the potential punishments associated with
Present a detailed explanation of
the principles and philosophical structure of Criminal Law
and the Rules of Evidence.
Demonstrate proper dactylographic
procedures and successfully lift a fingerprint while
demonstrating basic crime scene processing procedures.
Evaluate criminological theories of
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
Law enforcement officer
Private security officer
POSSIBLE WORK SETTINGS
City police department
County police department (Sheriff's
State police department
State level prison or jail facility
Private industry facility
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, call 870-780-1208.