The AS in Criminal Justice prepares students for an exciting career in this field, or positions graduates for career advancement.
Northark offers an AS in Criminal Justice partnership with Arkansas State University (Jonesboro) to offer students a seamless transfer option into a bachelor’s degree program.
2014-2015 Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice
AJ 1003 Introduction to Criminal Justice
The course includes organization and jurisdiction of local, state, and federal regulatory and law enforcement agencies, organization of state and federal court systems, the philosophy and history of law enforcement, and constitutional limitations of law enforcement. It also presents an overview of crime and organized crime, police problems, and police terminology and ethics, with a survey of professional career opportunities and qualifications requirements.
AJ 1053 Criminology
Introduces students to the various components that comprise the scientific study of crime and criminal offenders in the American criminal justice system. The focus is on the order and disorder within American society. Featured topics include criminological theory, types of crimes, and an analytical examination of the criminal justice system including police, courts, and correctional systems. Prereq: AJ 1003 Intro to Criminal Justice.
AJ 2033 Juvenile Delinquency
This course introduces students to the various components of the American juvenile justice system. Featured topics include historical perspectives, causation, environmental influences, juvenile justice processes, definition and extent of delinquency, and prevention/treatment methodologies. Prereq: AJ 1003 Intro to Criminal Justice.
AJ 2043 Community Relations in Law Enforcement
This course covers the various components of human relations utilized in law enforcement and the way those relationships interact and collide with public expectations and sentiment about law enforcement. Focuses on the dynamic nature of police relationships with citizens, other police officers, and how those relationships are crucial to maintaining professional policing in America. Prereq: AJ 1003 Intro to Criminal Justice.
AJ 2253 Criminal Investigation
Examines the fundamentals and various methods used in criminal investigations, procedures incorporated at crime scenes, collection and presentation of physical evidence, and methods used by police services laboratories. Introduces students to practical criminal investigations and the various components thereof. Focuses on the systematic examination and interpretations of crime scenes and their relationship pertaining to crime and people who commit criminal acts. Prereq: AJ 1003 Intro to Criminal Justice.
AJ 2263 Criminal Evidence and Procedure
Provides an in depth look at the rules of evidence and procedures used within the operational level of law enforcement and other legal professions. Examines criminal procedures, professional conduct of witnesses, and the importance of safeguarding personal constitutional liberties. Introduces students to the various aspects of criminal procedures. It is mostly concerned with United States court decisions and their relevance to arrests, searches/seizures, interrogations, sentencing practices, and civil liabilities. Analyzes legal safeguards and impediments facing legal professionals and how they affect the performance of their duties. Prereq: AJ 1003 Intro to Criminal Justice.
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The Associate of Science in Criminal Justice is a transfer degree for the student who plans to major in a criminal justice related field. Northark has an agreement with Arkansas State University (Jonesboro) to offer students a seamless option for transfer into the Bachelors program in Criminology. Students planning to transfer to ASUJ or another transfer institution should work closely with a Northark advisor to follow the prescribed selection of courses, and other requirements, needed for transfer into a bachelor’s program.