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
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
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
Demonstrate proper dactylograghic procedures and
successfully lift a fingerprint while demonstrating basic crime
scene processing procedures.
Evaluate criminological theories of crime
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
Are you a "detail" person?
Are you able to work different shifts?
Do you like to work outdoors?
Are you comfortable wearing and, possibly,
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- 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