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AA: Specialized Curriculum Area

Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice
Associate of Arts
  • 60 credits
  • Transfer up to 45 credits
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
  • Program restrictions apply
  • $499 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $250 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
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Get an introduction to criminal justice knowledge and apply your courses to a bachelor's degree.

With the online associate’s specialized curriculum area in criminal justice, you can acquire knowledge in the three areas that make up the criminal justice system: law enforcement, courts and justice systems, and corrections. Take a variety of courses that may be applied to a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

Total Credits Required: 60

Curriculum Courses: 25 Credits

  • One 3-credit course in communication, writing, or speech, chosen from the following:
    • (3 Credits, ENGL 102)
    • (3 Credits, ENGL 281)
    • (3 Credits, JOUR 201)
    • Any 3-credit COMM or SPCH courses
    • Any 3-credit WRTG courses (except 486A and 486B)
  • One 1-credit course, chosen from the following:
    • (1 Credit, CAPL 198A)
    • (1 Credit, CAPL 198B)
    • (1 Credit, CAPL 198C)
    • (1 Credit, BMGT 121A)
    • (1 Credit, BMGT 121B)
    • Any 1-credit course
  • 12 credits of CCJS courses
  • 9 credits of elective coursework; we recommend you take courses that are applicable to the bachelor’s degree in criminal justice

General Education Courses: 35 Credits

Sequence Course Requirement(s) Fulfilled
(1 Credit, LIBS 150)
General Education: Research & Computing Literacy
(3 Credits, WRTG 111)
General Education: Communication
(3 Credits, IFSM 201)
General Education: Research & Computing Literacy
(3 Credits, NUTR 100)
General Education: Biological & Physical Sciences
(3 Credits, CCJS 100)
AA Specialization & Criminal Justice Major
(3 Credits, SPCH 100)
General Education: Communication
(3 Credits, MATH 105)
General Education: Math
(3 Credits, WRTG 112)
General Education: Communication
(3 Credits, CCJS 230)
AA Specialization & Criminal Justice Major
(3 Credits, HUMN 100)
General Education: Arts & Humanities
11 Take these courses simultaneously:

(3 Credits, BIOL 101)

(1 Credit, BIOL 102)
General Education: Biological & Physical Sciences
(3 Credits, PSYC 100)
General Education: Behavioral & Social Sciences
(3 Credits, HIST 156)
General Education: Arts & Humanities
(3 Credits, ECON 201)
General Education: Behavioral & Social Sciences
(3 Credits, CCJS 340)
AA Specialization & Criminal Justice Major
(3 Credits, CCJS 345)
AA Specialization & Criminal Justice Major
17 CCJS 350 AA Specialization & Criminal Justice Major
(3 Credits, CCJS 360)
AA Specialization & Criminal Justice Major
(3 Credits, CCJS 380)
AA Specialization & Criminal Justice Major
(3 Credits, CCJS 341)
AA Specialization & Criminal Justice Major
21 1-credit elective course Elective

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These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2022–2023 academic year. For prior year requirements, visit our catalog archive.

Associate Degree Requirements

See the requirements for UMGC's Associate of Arts degree, which requires the completion of a minimum of 60 credits.

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