Criminal Justice (Associate of Science, A.S.)

The Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice is an option for any student interested in working in the criminal justice system and is searching for a degree that can be obtained in two years. Students who earn an associate degree can use their courses toward a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

Students who choose this associate degree program will have no more than 6 years from admission or subsequent declaration to meet the requirements listed below. If certification, accreditation or statutory requirements change and additional requirements become effective during this time, the new requirements take precedence.

General Studies
Students must complete General Studies courses15-19
Major Requirements
CRJ 100Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CRJ 110Introduction to Juvenile Justice3
CRJ 130Introduction to Policing3
CRJ 190Criminal Investigation3
CRJ 200Introduction to Corrections3
CRJ 260Criminal Law3
LAT 101Introduction to Law3
ENG 108College Writing and Research3
MAT 110Contemporary Problem Solving3-4
or MAT 110E Contemporary Problem Solving
or MAT 111 Introductory Statistics
or MAT 111E Introductory Statistics
or MAT 112 Finite Mathematics
or MAT 116 College Algebra
PSY 101General Psychology3
or SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology
Plus 21 credits from the following:21
Any other CRJ, LAT, POL or SWK class not already used OR
Psychology of Communication
Abnormal Psychology

NOTE: Students must complete a Pre-Post test and Contact Information form prior to graduation.  

Program Graduation Requirements

  1. No more than 2 courses with a grade of D permitted in major coursework.
  2. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.

University Graduation Requirements

  1. Earn a minimum of 62 credit hours (100 level and above, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn 20 of the last 30 credit hours at MWSU in institutional course work (exclusive of credit by examination).
  3. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  4. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  5. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam.