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Criminal Justice (AAS)

Associate in Applied Science Degree Program

Program Overview

Our Criminal Justice Associate Degree Program provides students with a broad-based, sophisticated understanding of the role of the criminal justice system in American society. Students acquire the knowledge, values, and skills that will enable them to analyze rationally, the problems of the criminal justice system and the needs of society in a manner in keeping with democratic traditions of law, social well-being, and individual rights.

Students in this program will be exposed to the wide scope of criminal justice as well as a balanced presentation of the issues in this field. The structure of the curriculum and the related learning objectives will be consistent with published standards of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), a national professional society.

A vital component of the Criminal Justice Associate Degree Program is an externship provided to the students in the last semester where they work without remuneration. Students are placed in qualified establishments in their field including Police Departments, Private Security companies, Probation, Social Services and Corrections Departments in the tri-state area. The externship provides the student with an opportunity to practice the theoretical skills learned in course work at ASA.

Program Goals

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate should be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Identify, describe, and explain the current and historical practices, policies, structures, and stages of the criminal justice system at local, state and federal levels in the United States, from the commission of an actual crime through adjudication and corrections.
  • Identify, describe, and apply historical, current and emerging theories and various social and analytic tools to the fields of human behavior, criminology, and corrections; to suggest ways to balance the rights of individual citizens with society’s need for security and safety.
  • Conceptualize, analyze, and discuss crime in general with respect to longitudinal changes in the complex issues of crime, ethics, diversity, policymaking, and criminal justice administration.
  • Develop awareness for and facility with the analytic tools of the criminal justice field through practical and hands-on experiences.
  • Obtain employment in careers within the criminal justice and public service systems.

Career Outlook

Graduates of ASA College’s Criminal Justice Associate Degree Program have a wide selection of career opportunities and advancements. Upon graduation, students will fulfill the necessary educational requirements to become an NYPD Police Officer. Graduates may also find employment within the private security sector as security personnel and analysts.

Furthermore, our Criminal Justice prepares students for the next step in their academic aspirations if they chose to study Criminal Justice or Political Science on a bachelor degree level.

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¹Effective Monday, April 13th, the following guidelines apply to student laptop distribution at all ASA Campuses for the Summer 2020 semester only:

    • Full-time and part-time active students are eligible to receive a free laptop if they register for the Summer 2020 semester.*  
    • This extends to students in all programs including those enrolled in ESL, as well as international students.**
Please note that students with a balance must contact the Student Accounts Department prior to becoming eligible for a free laptop for the summer semester.  Also, if you have already received and/or purchased a laptop from ASA, then you are not eligible for another one.
* If a student registering for the summer semester drops prior to completion of the fourth week of said term, the student will be assessed a product charge on his/her student account for the laptop.
**Students in an extended enrollment or non-matriculated status, as well as ability-to-benefit students solely enrolled for six credit hours as a part of career pathways, do not qualify for a free laptop.  These students do have the option of purchasing the product for $275.
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2You may graduate in 16 months from an associate degree program if no remedial classes are required