Criminal Justice - AS

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

About This Degree

Criminal Justice offers students a wide variety of career paths in such areas as law enforcement, courts, criminalistics (crime labs and investigations), law, juvenile law and corrections.

The degree requires students have a substantial understanding of the criminal justice system in general. It reflects the realities and concerns of society and draws from a wide variety of academic disciplines such as political science, psychology, history and sociology.

The Criminal Justice program is not within its own department but is a part of the Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology department.


At a Glance

College: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department: Sociology and Anthropology Department

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Program Requirements

Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

This degree will qualify you for employment in the following areas:

  • Police Officer
  • Correctional Officer
  • Law Clerk
  • Paralegal
  • Juvenile Detention
  • Park Ranger
  • Evidence Technician
  • Juvenile Probation officer
  • Parole Officer

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We will build on your goals and experiences while working together to design an individualized semester-by-semester plan. Your personalized plan will help you see a path from where you are now on to graduation. Even if you are unsure of the major you would like to pursue, we can help with resources and ideas.

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USU Locations


*This degree is available at various USU locations.

**This degree is 100% available online. USU is a SARA-approved institution offering fully online programs nationwide; please visit USU's state authorizations for details.


Program Requirements

USU Eastern is an open admission campus and only requires that a new student have a high school diploma or GED.

The AS degree requires completion of the four core courses and three CJ electives for a total of 21 credit hours. These are in conjunction with the normal general education requirements of USU for a total of 60 credit hours.                                                                                                                                                  

Students are also held to the minimal GPA require for graduation set by USU.

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