2021-2022 College Catalog 
    Feb 02, 2023  
2021-2022 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice, A.S.

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The Criminal Justice program is both a transfer and a career program. Students can go on to earn a B.A. Degree or take courses in an effort to find employment. The study of criminal justice provides an opportunity to learn about issues and problems in society’s response to crime. Coursework also seeks to provide particular career-oriented skills. Career opportunities exist in law enforcement, court administration, corrections and security.

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Identify occupational opportunities in the three sub-systems of the criminal justice system
  • Analyze the constitutional rights and court decisions most important to the criminal justice system
  • Analyze the structure of the New Jersey and the United States court systems
  • Critique the important decision points in the criminal justice process
  • Construct their own personal views on controversial issues raised about the American justice system
  • Examine the issues of professional responsibility and ethical standards in the criminal justice system


General Education - 30-32 credits

As described in the General Education  section of the catalog and as identified below:

General Education Note:

(1) One course is recommended from the Cultural and Global Awareness knowledge area.      

Electives - 7-9 credits

Total credits required for degree: 60


*Offered Fall Term only

**Offered Spring Term only

Program Code for Registration: CRJUS

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Suggested Sequence - Criminal Justice Program A.S. Degree

The following sequence is an example of how this degree can be completed in two years. This sequence is based on satisfaction of all Foundational Studies requirements and prerequisites and presumes a Fall Term start date. An individual’s program may vary depending on transfer institution, career objectives, or individual needs. See a counselor for other options and to monitor your progress.

Semester 1 - Fall Term

Total Credits: 15-16

Semester 2 - Spring Term

Total Credits: 15-16

Semester 3 - Fall Term

Total Credits: 16

Semester 4 - Spring Term

Total Credits: 13-15

Sequence Notes:

*POLI 105 or POLI 115 strongly recommended.

(1) One course is recommended from the Cultural & Global Awareness  knowledge area.

(2) A minimum of 9 credits is required from the Mathematics , Sciences  or Technological Competency  categories.

Bachelor’s Degree Through Brookdale

This is a preferred Associate degree for students planning to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, National Security Studies or Fire Science. For information see Dual Admissions and University Partnerships.

Transfer Information

For information on transferring to a four-year college or institution visit the Transfer Resources website. 

Degree Audit Information

Access Student Planning and Degree Progress through MyBrookdale on Brookdale’s home page.  Select WebAdvisor, Self Service, log in and access the Student menu.

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