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Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Program Overview

ABC University’s Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice presents the major components of the American criminal justice system.  It includes criminal behavior patterns, law enforcement organizations, juvenile systems, legal principles and doctrines and fundamentals of criminal investigations.  Courses utilize hands-on activities and analytical exercises.

ABC University’s Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice provides preparation in many areas of the criminal justice system.  Topics include crimes, laws, investigation, arrest, prosecution, punishment, return to society.  

Abc University’s West Palm Beach Flagship (Residential) and Sarasota campuses also offer the Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice with a Concentration in Forensics. Students may elect a Forensics concentration which provides additional coursework in forensic science applications and investigations, as well as crime scene procedures. Topics include but are not limited to: deviant behavior, protective services, law enforcement and investigation, victimology, private security, corrections and juvenile justice. 

The B.A. degree in Criminal Justice explores the American criminal justice system and how components work together and are governed by laws, the Supreme Court and the U.S. Constitution.  The program culminates with an emphasis on research, analysis and the future of the system.

Program Objectives

Graduates of the A.A. in Criminal Justice degree program will develop an understanding of the American criminal justice system and will be presented with an in-depth review of institutions, laws, theories and the players that make up the system.  

Graduates of the B.A. in Criminal Justice degree program will develop an understanding of the history of the criminal justice system, including its evolution and impact on society.  In this program, you will develop your ability to understand the tools and procedures used by criminal justice professionals and your ability to think critically and communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.  This degree program will facilitate the development of your proficiency in researching, collecting and organizing complex data, solving problems and working collaboratively.  

Career Opportunities

Through our associate and bachelor’s degree programs in Criminal Justice, you can have the opportunity to work in careers that will allow you to serve the public, your state and even your country upon graduation.

Already working in law enforcement? Certified Police Officers and Correctional Officers are able to receive credit for up to four courses. Plus, with ABC University’s shift-friendly schedule, it’s easy to fit school into your life.

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