The Associate of Science (AS) Criminal Justice degree is designed for students who plan to transfer and complete a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice (or related field) at specific four-year institutions. It may also be earned as a stand-alone degree for current criminal justice employees or for students who plan to apply for work after the completion of the two-year degree. This degree will satisfy most of the lower division requirements of transfer institutions and is articulated with Southern Oregon University's Criminology and Criminal Justice program.

The AS Criminal Justice is articulated with SOU's Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Students following this program of study will have met SOU's lower-division general education requirements, will be assured junior standing within the academic major, and will be eligible for admission to the Criminology & Criminal Justice major. The agreement is based on the evaluation of the rigor and content of the general education and technical courses at both Southwestern and SOU and is subject to a yearly re-evaluation by both schools for continuance.

Students should contact the SOU Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice early in the first year of their AS program to be advised about additional requirements and procedures for admission to the school or program.  Students should be aware that if they transfer before completing this degree, their courses will be evaluated individually toward the general education requirements in effect at SOU.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 96 credit hours with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses in this program must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better. Twenty-four (24) credits must be completed at Southwestern before the AS degree is awarded.

Courses that are developmental in nature, designed to prepare students for college transfer courses, are not applicable to this degree.

Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).

Pre-Program Courses

Students are required to take the following courses prior to the program courses, depending on students' college placement information. See advisor for details:

CIS90Computer Basics (or demonstrate proficiency)2
MTH95Intermediate Algebra4
WR90Paragraph Fundamentals (or placement in higher writing course)3-4
or WR90R Academic Literacy

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
CJ100 Intro to Criminal Justice 4
SOC204 Introduction to Sociology 1 3
SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 2 3
English Composition
or English Composition w/Honors
Math/Science/Computer Science Course 3 4
Intro to Criminology
or Introduction to Criminology
CJ110 Intro to Policing 4
SOC205 Social Institutions and Change 1 3
English Composition
or English Composition w/Honors
Math/Science/Computer Science Course 3 4
CJ220 Introduction to Substantive Law 4
MTH105 Math in Society (or higher) 4
SOC206 Social Problems and Issues 1 3
English Composition
or Report Writing
Math/Science/Computer Science Course 3 4
Second Year
CJ222 Constitutional Law 4
MTH243 Intro to Probability and Statistics 4
PS201 American Government Political 3
PE185 Sport/Activity Course 4 1
Arts and Letters Course 5 3
CIS120 Concepts of Computing 4
CJ130 Corrections an Introduction 4
PE185 Sport/Activity Course 4 1
Arts and Letters Course 5 3
Specific Elective 6 3-4
CJ247 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
PE185 Sport/Activity Course 4 1
Arts and Letters Course 5 3
Specific Elective 6 6-8
 Total Credits96-99

PSY201 General Psychology, PSY201H General Psychology w/HonorsPSY202 General Psychology, PSY202H General Psychology w/HonorsPSY203 General Psychology, PSY203H General Psychology w/Honors may be substituted for SOC204 Introduction to Sociology, SOC205 Social Institutions and Change and SOC206 Social Problems and Issues.


SP218 Interpersonal Communication or SP219 Small Group Discussion may be substituted for SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking.


Refer to Associate of Science Degree Requirement Math/Science/Computer Science course list.  At least two of the courses must have labs.


HE250 Personal Health or PE231 Wellness for Life may be substituted for three (3) credits of PE185 sport/activity courses.


Refer to Associate of Science Degree Requirements -- Arts & Letters.


Specific Electives may be selected from any course with the Criminal Justice or Emergency Management prefix.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program the student will be able to:

  • Identify the characteristics of professional integrity and ethical standards for Oregon criminal justice professionals.
  • Describe and relate the constitutional rights and responsibilities of citizens, offenders, and victims as they apply to state, federal, and procedural laws.
  • Describe the processes and technology used to gather, investigate, manage, and report information in the criminal justice field.
  • Identify the legal responsibilities of criminal justice professionals as they relate to cultural diversity and establishing positive community relationships.