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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:

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

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

YSU 1500Success Seminar1-2
or SS 1500 Strong Start Success Seminar
or HONR 1500 Intro to Honors
General Education Requirements
ENGL 1550Writing 13-4
or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
Arts and Humanities
PHIL 2625Introduction to Professional Ethics3
One additional Arts and Humanities course3
Social Science6
SOC 1500Introduction to Sociology3
PSYC 1560General Psychology3
Natural Sciences (2 courses; one with lab)7
Social and Personal Awareness6
Major Requirements
CRJS 1500Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CRJS 2601Policing3
CRJS 2602Criminal Courts3
CRJS 2603Corrections3
CRJS 3719Criminal Law3
CRJS 3735Crime and Delinquency3
Corrections Track
Select 12 s.h. from the following:12
Correctional Strategies
and Correctional Strategies Practicum
Criminal Justice Management Concepts
Criminal Victimization
Criminal Justice Information Systems
Human Relations
Correctional Case Management and Treatment
Total Semester Hours74-76

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.