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Associate of Art

Associate of Science

Dr. Lucy Craig
Curriculum Chair of Social Sciences
Professor, Criminal Justice
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Criminal Justice A.A. or A.S. Tennessee Transfer Pathway

The Criminal Justice Associate of Art or Associate of Science is designed to prepare you for a successful transfer to a four-year college or university. This degree program is a great choice if you are interested in pursuing a career in criminal rehabilitation, law enforcement or the legal field in general. The Criminal Justice path introduces you to the following:

  • fundamental communications skills, basic psychology and sociology principles
  • the American criminal justice system including federal agencies such as police, courts, and corrections, their historical development, current trends, and public policy issues
  • addresses the structure and function of the judicial system and the basic concepts of criminal law and administration
  • an analysis of crime prevention and control and the need for the law enforcement segment of the criminal justice system
  • the history of corrections in Europe and America and a survey of current prison conditions and operations, including pre-release, probation, and parole
  • and other dynamic and very interesting coursework that prepare students for bachelor's degree completion at any one of Tennessee's state colleges and universities

Practical Experience

Through participation in the Criminal Justice program, you will enjoy being engaged in activities like:

  • critical thinking
  • in-depth research and analysis
  • interaction with students and instructors
  • exposure to fascinating coursework, lectures and classroom interaction

Career Opportunities

  • Federal Law Enforcement: FBI, DEA, U.S. Marshal, Secret Service, Coast Guard Officer, ATF, ICE, DSS, CIA
  • State Law Enforcement: TBI
  • Local Law Enforcement: County Sheriff's Dept., Municipal Police, university police, airport police Federal Corrections: Federal Bureau of Prisons (Correctional Officer, Counselor, Warden, Parole Officer)
  • State/Local Corrections: Tennessee Dept. of Corrections (Correctional Officer, Counselor, Warden, Parole Officer)
  • Court Systems (Federal and State): Judge, prosecutor, public defender, criminal defense attorney, court counselor, probation officer
  • Private Sector: Security officer, security systems consultant/designer, private investigator, re- entry counselor, researcher/professor

Some of these positions require graduate degrees, most require a B.S. at a minimum. An A.S. may be the minimum qualification for entry level Correctional officers and local Law Enforcement officers in some places.