Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice (AASCJ)


Program of Study

General Education Courses
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
COMM 1110Public Speaking3
KINS 1106Lifetime Wellness2
or PHED 1205 Concepts of Fitness
POLS 1101American Government3
Select any one PEDS course1
HIST 2111U. S. History to 18653
or HIST 2112 U. S. History since 1865
Select one of the following:3-4
Quantitative Skills and Reasoning
Introduction to Mathematical Modeling
College Algebra
Applied Calculus
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
Computer-Assisted Problem Solving
Introduction to Discrete Mathematics
Elementary Statistics
Select one of the following:3-4
Human Origins (no lab)
Descriptive Astronomy: The Solar System
and Descriptive Astronomy Lab (lab optional )
Descriptive Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies
and Descriptive Astronomy Lab
Understanding the Weather
and Understanding the Weather Lab
Introductory Biology (lab included)
Contemporary Issues in Biology Non-Lab (no lab)
Contemporary Issues in Biology with Lab (lab included)
Survey of Chemistry I
and Survey of Chemistry I Lab
Survey of Chemistry II
and Survey of Chemistry II Lab
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Lab
Environmental Studies
and Environmental Studies Laboratory (lab optional)
Sustainability and the Environment
Natural Disasters: Our Hazardous Environment (no lab)
Introductory Geoscience I: Physical Geology
and Introductory Geoscience I: Physical Geology Lab
Introductory Geo-sciences II: Historical Geology
and Introductory Geo-sciences II: Historical Geology Lab
The Fossil Record (lab included)
Introductory Physics I
and Introductory Physics I Lab
Introductory Physics II
and Introductory Physics II Lab
Physics of Color and Sound
and Physics of Color and Sound Lab (lab optional)
Principles of Physics I
and Principles of Physics I Lab
Principles of Physics II
and Principles of Physics II Lab
General Education Courses Total24
Required for the Major
CRJU 1105Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CRJU 2105Criminology3
CRJU 2106Survey of Corrections3
SOCI 1168Social Problems3
Select four of the following:12
Introduction to Sociology
Criminal Law
Criminal Procedure and Evidence
Police Organization and Operation
Global Issues
Elementary Spanish I
Elementary Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
Courses Required for the Major Total24
Major Electives
Select 9 credits from Areas A-E of the core curriculum, at least three of which must be from Area C9
Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics:
World Literature I
World Literature II
Comparative Arts
The Western Intellectual Tradition
Historical Perspectives on the Philosophy of Science and Mathematics
Introduction to Philosophy
Art Appreciation
Introduction to the History of Art I– Prehistoric through Gothic
Music Appreciation
Introduction to the History of Art II– Renaissance through Modern
Theatre Appreciation
Major Electives Total9
General Electives
Select 6 credits6
General Electives Total6
Total Credit Hours63

Program Map

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
ENGL 1101 English Composition I (minimum grade of C) 3
AREA DLab Science (see list) 4
POLS 1101 American Government 3
CRJU 1105 Introduction to Criminal Justice (minimum grade of C) 3
Area B2 ITDS 1779 (2), LEAD 1705 (2), PERS 1506 (1; may be repeated with different topic), PERS 1507 (2) 1 2
 Credit Hours15
ENGL 1102 English Composition II (minimum grade of C) 3
CRJU 2105 Criminology (minimum grade of C) 3
Area B1COMM 1110 Public Speaking or foreign language 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002 3
AREA AMath (ref: Math Placement Test) 2 3
PEDS Physical Education 1
SOCI 1168 Social Problems (minimum grade of C) 3 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Year
HIST 2111
U. S. History to 1865
or U. S. History since 1865
Program Elective 1 (see list in catalog) (minimum grade of C) 3
(recommend SOCI 1101)  
Program Elective 2 (see list in catalog) (minimum grade of C) 3
AREA CHumanities (see list in catalog) 3
KINS 1106
Lifetime Wellness
or Concepts of Fitness
Area EWorld Culture (see list in catalog) 3
 Credit Hours17
CRJU 2106 Survey of Corrections (minimum grade of C) 3
Program Elective 3 (see list in catalog) (minimum grade of C) 3
Area CFine Arts (see list) 3
Program Elective 4 (see list in catalog) (minimum grade of C) 3
Areas A-EGeneral Elective (see catalog) 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours63

B2: Select 2 hours from the following courses:

ITDS 1779 Scholarship Across the Disciplines (2 cr)

LEAD 1705 Introduction to Servant Leadership (2 cr)

PERS 1506 Perspectives (1 cr; may be repeated with a different topic)

PERS 1507 Perspectives (2 cr)


Recommend STAT 1401 Elementary Statistics, or MATH 1001 Quantitative Skills and Reasoning or higher.


If an AASCJ student continues at CSU to pursue a BS degree in Criminal Justice, SOCI 1168 Social Problems will replace CRJU 2106 Survey of Corrections in Area F.

There are no program specific admission requirements.

Additional Program Requirements

Up to 12 hours of credit from professional training academies may be applied toward an associate or bachelor's degree.


Program Learning Outcomes

  • 1. Demonstrate overall knowledge of the principles, concepts, theories, and functions of the Criminal Justice system (police, courts, and corrections).
  • 2. Demonstrate the ability to compare and contrast theories and schools of criminology.