Criminal Justice (associate degree)

The Associate of Arts in criminal justice is a two-year degree program that provides a foundation in criminology, law enforcement and the justice system. Students also learn about the social issues affecting criminal justice as they prepare for a career in law enforcement or for a four-year degree in criminal justice studies.

Program Benefits

  • Graduate with the skills you need to be competitive in the job market. 
  • Learn from faculty who possess high degrees in their fields, who have relevant and valuable real-world experience and who make an effort to know you personally.
  • Enjoy our small class sizes and supportive campus community.
  • Take advantage of incredible internships and jobs available in the Nashville market.

What to Expect

As a student in Trevecca’s Associate of Arts in criminal justice degree program, you’ll gain a solid foundation in the legal and justice issues facing society today. This field has a unique and crucial need for servant leaders who are equipped to make a difference, so our program explores criminal justice from a Christian worldview.

Coursework includes required general education courses along with core courses that help build your understanding of law enforcement, the court system and the correctional system. You’ll also learn about the social issues currently affecting criminal justice and the law enforcement employment marketplace. This program positions you for a career in criminal justice or for seamlessly entering our four-year degree program in criminal justice studies.

Why Choose Trevecca?

Founded in 1901 and a leader in online education for more than two decades, Trevecca has been recognized nationally and locally for providing our students with the highest level of academic quality and rigor. We offer a holistic education focused on the intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual health of all the students in our diverse student body. We are committed to educating the next generation to be servant leaders.

As a Christian university, we offer programs that explore the ways faith intersects with your field of study. This means you can gain your criminal justice degree in a supportive, Christian community with small classroom sizes and engaged faculty members who care about you and your goals.

Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

Get details on all the courses you’ll complete as you work toward this degree at Trevecca.

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Financial Aid & Costs

Financial Aid & Costs

Nearly every student at Trevecca receives some form of assistance in paying for college. Learn all about the affordability of a TNU education and options for receiving aid.

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Career Opportunities

With an Associate of Arts in criminal justice, you’ll be ready to advance your career and make a difference in the world. Your degree will position you to transfer into a four-year degree program or to be competitive in roles such as:

  • Law enforcement officer (federal, state, county, municipal agencies)
  • Probation officer
  • Parole officer
  • Correctional officer (jails or prisons)
  • Social service agencies (serving offenders and victims)