Criminal Justice, Associate of Science

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 99 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 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).

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.

Math and writing placement are unique to each student and are determined during the admissions and intake advising process.  Additional math or writing courses may be required prior to taking the math or writing program requirements in this degree. 

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
BI101 General Biology 2 4
CJ100 Intro to Criminal Justice 4
COMM111Z Public Speaking 1 4
WR121Z Composition I 4
BI102 General Biology 2 4
CJ110 Intro to Policing 4
COMM218Z Interpersonal Communication 1 4
WR122Z Composition II 4
CJ101 Intro to Criminology 4
MTH105Z Math in Society 6 4
HE250 Personal Health 3 3
WR227Z Technical Writing 4
Second Year
ART204 History of Western Art: Introduction to Art History 4 3
CJ220 Introduction to Criminal Law 4
PSY201 General Psychology 3
BA230 Business Law 4
CJ226 Constitutional Law 4
CJ234 Corrections 4
PSY239 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology 3
Elective 7 4
CJ204 Cmty Policing in a Diverse Society 4
CJ247 Ethics in Criminal Justice 4
PSY243 Drugs and Behavior 3
Specific Elective 5 4
 Total Credits91

SP111 or COMM111Z, SP218 or COMM218Z, SP219 or COMM219 will satisfy this requirement.


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


 HE250, PE231 or three (3) credits of PE185 sport/activity courses will satisfy this requirement.


Arts and Letters: Refer to Associate of Science Degree Requirements.


Specific Electives: Any course in CJ, EM, or HD will satisfy this requirement.


MTH105Z (or MTH105) or higher, excluding MTH211.


Students may take any college level course.