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The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Criminal Justice is considered appropriate for persons preparing for employment in many municipal, state, and private police agencies as well as persons considering employment in local, state, federal, and private correctional facilities. The associate degree also is a stepping stone for those students who plan to go on for a bachelor's degree. The associate degree in Criminal Justice has three tracks:

  • law enforcement track
  • corrections track
  • loss prevention/assets protection track

The program requires 60 semester hours:

  • 34 hours in general degree requirements
  • 18 hours in Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences core courses
  • 8 hours in the selected track

The Associate of Applied Science degree can be completed in four semesters if students average 15 hours per semester.

Transfer students must take at least 20 hours of YSU courses. Sixteen (16) semester hours of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences course work must be taken at Youngstown State University.

The associate degree is built upon core/track concept with emphasis (track) areas in:

  • law enforcement
  • corrections
  • loss prevention/assets protection

Core courses for an associate degree are:

CJFS 2601Policing3
CJFS 2602Criminal Courts3
CJFS 2603Corrections3
CJFS 3735Crime and Delinquency3
CJFS 3719Criminal Law3

Students choose an additional 12 credit hours from one of the emphasis areas. See department for course options.

General Education Requirements
Core Competencies
ENGL 1550Writing 13
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
HAHS 1500Introduction to the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services2
SOC 1500Introduction to Sociology3
Arts and Humanities3
PSYC 1560General Psychology3
PHIL 2625Introduction to Professional Ethics3
Natural Sciences (with lab)4
Major Requirements
CJFS 1500Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJFS 2601Policing3
CJFS 2602Criminal Courts3
CJFS 2603Corrections3
CJFS 3719Criminal Law3
CJFS 3735Crime and Delinquency3
Corrections Track
Select 12 s.h. from the following:12
Correctional Strategies
and Correctional Strategies Laboratory
Criminal Justice Management Concepts
Criminal Victimization
Criminal Justice Information Systems
Human Relations
Correctional Case Management and Treatment
Total Semester Hours60

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students can discriminate the influence of the CJ system at the subsystem levels (policing, courts, and corrections).
  2. Students can apply CJ theories.
  3. Students can analyze legal situations.