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.
- 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 helps students discover and pursue an individual calling by providing innovative instruction; cultivating a supportive, Christ-centered community; and establishing relationships that open doors.
Recognized nationally and locally for academic quality, Trevecca has earned a reputation for providing the world with servant leaders, problem solvers and difference makers. Trevecca’s holistic approach to education encompasses intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual growth.
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.
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)
Get details on all the courses you’ll complete as you work toward this degree at Trevecca.
Social Science Research Methods and Design
An introduction to the basic skills necessary in conducting empirical research in the social sciences. Topics covered will include the logic of science in sociology and the social sciences, literature reviews, design and measurement, use of primary and secondary data, ethical issues in research, and writing research reports. Emphasis is placed on field research and the methods for conducting and analyzing research in various social settings.
This course is designed to increase students’ awareness, knowledge, and understanding of diversity, human rights, and social and economic justice through exploring culture, socialization, power, oppression, privilege, and identity. Students will analyze individual and systemic forces that operate in society to oppress, marginalize, and impact the life experience of groups of humans. During this semester, students will engage in a substantial amount of self-reflection about their own identities while having the opportunity to listen and learn from others’ stories.
Introduction to Criminal Justice
This introductory course surveys the American criminal justice system from the underlying philosophies that form the foundation of the system and proceeds through to the release of the offender into the community. The focus of the course will be on five main components of the system: criminal philosophies, criminology, law enforcement, the courts, and corrections. The history, nature, and relationships of the various criminal justice agencies will be examined. Various theories about the causation of crime and its cures will also be explored.
Includes instruction in general investigative responsibilities and techniques, including administration, preparation, investigative jurisdiction and responsibility, and the importance of substantive report writing. Students will be introduced to crime scene investigation-- its purpose and use.
Criminal Law and Procedure
A comprehensive introduction to criminal law and accompanying procedure in the criminal justice system. The course covers common law and statutory elements of crime, including crimes against persons, property crimes, public morality offenses, and defenses to crime. A concise look at criminal procedure and the criminal court system is also provided.
A study of the history and practice of probation, parole, community-based corrections, and detention facilities. Also included is a history and analysis of major correctional systems.
Policing in Society
An analysis of the functions, problems, history, procedures, and structure of policing administrations, also including the politics of law enforcement.
An examination of the causation of crime and delinquency. Classical, biological, psychological, and sociological theories of crime causation will be explored, as well as violent, property, white-collar, organized, and public order crimes. An examination will also be made of the extent and measurement of crime, delinquency, and victimization.
An examination of the nature, causes, and extent of juvenile delinquency. The course also explores the various segments of the juvenile justice system, including law enforcement, juvenile court, juvenile legal rights, and correction.
Introduction to Emergency Management
An introduction to the structure and practice of homeland security and domestic preparedness. Preparedness and management of local, state, and national emergencies, disasters and threats will be discussed. Content will include emergency preparedness, first responders, personnel management, and incident management.
Senior Seminar/Practicum in Criminal Justice Studies
A supervised practicum that provides the student with experience in an actual police, court, correctional or other criminal justice setting.
General Electives — 11-13 hours
*For a complete list of courses, tracks and other relevant information, view the program's course catalog.