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 a 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.

The AS Criminal Justice is articulated with Southern Oregon University (SOU) 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 and 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 cumulative 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 Criminal Justice 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 Algebra (or placement in higher math course)4
WR90RAcademic Literacy (or placement in higher writing course)4

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
Specific Elective 3 4
Intro to Criminology
or Intro to Criminology w/Honors
CJ110 Intro to Policing 4
SOC205 Social Institutions and Change 1 3
English Composition
or English Composition w/Honors
Specific Elective 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
Specific Elective 3 4
Second Year
CJ222 Constitutional Law 4
MTH243 Intro to Probability and Statistics Statistics 4
American Government Political Institutions
or American Government Policy Issues
or Local Politics and Government
or Intrnl Relations: US Foreign Policy In The 20Th Century
Health, Wellness, and Fitness 4 1
Specific Elective 5 3
CIS120 Concepts of Computing 4
CJ130 Corrections an Introduction 4
Health, Wellness, and Fitness 4 1
Specific Elective 5 3
Specific Elective 6 3-4
CJ247 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
Health, Wellness, and Fitness 4 1
Specific Elective 5 3
Specific Elective 6 6-8
 Total Credits96-99

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.