Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

The Associate of Science in Criminal Justice program is designed for high school graduates and adult learners interested preparing for a career in the criminal justice system, as well as professional practitioners seeking to upgrade their criminal justice knowledge and certifications. It presents historical and current criminal justice practices through a social lens, offering students the opportunity to engage in critical thinking and problem-solving processes. An emphasis is placed on three major components of the criminal justice system: police, courts, and corrections, while critically analyzing technical research in these areas. Additionally, students will learn how diversity, equity, and inclusion play a role in the criminal justice system.

This two-year social science curriculum is based on contemporary practices in the expansive criminal justice field using the latest educational strategies for both online and in-person learning platforms. The Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice requires interdisciplinary courses that are transferable to Baccalaureate programs at four-year educational institutions throughout the United States. All LSU Eunice criminal justice courses are taught by nationally recognized leaders in the field. 

The program is part of LSUE Online making it easier to begin or complete a post-secondary education through online degree programs, accelerated learning formats, and prior learning assessment.

Academic Area

Public Protection & Safety

About the Associate of Science in Criminal Justice

What You'll Learn

  • Begin and complete a post-secondary education through online and hybrid degree courses, accelerated learning formats, and prior learning assessments

  • Take a variety of general education and major-specific courses as part of the Criminal Justice Associate degree program

  • Take courses delivered entirely online or with the option of attending select in-person courses in a hybrid format

  • Apply critical-thinking and analytical reasoning that connect criminal justice applications to a diverse society

  • Develop your knowledge and skills relevant to the field of criminal justice and public safety

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to:

  • Obtain Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) certifications in Fundamentals of Emergency Management, National Incident Management System, Emergency Planning, and Community Hurricane Preparedness

  • Investigate and present their academic research on contemporary issues facing local communities and the nation at-large

  • Participate as members of the LSUE Public Protection & Safety Program Advisory Committee

  • Design a security plan for a public service agency in the community

  • Critique an analytic report of criminal intelligence

Degree Requirements - 60 Total Required Credits

For additional detailed information on coursework, please visit the Academic Catalog Curriculum.

Total Credits Required: 60

  • Major Courses: 18

  • Concentration Courses: 15

  • General Education Courses: 27

Major Courses

  • CJ1107 Introduction to Criminal Justice

  • CJ2131 Police Process

  • CJ2132 Judicial Process

  • CJ2133 Correctional Process

  • CJ2153 Criminal and Related Law

  • CJ2220 Juvenile Delinquency

  • EMGT1500 Fundamentals of Emergency Management

  • English Composition (6 hours)

  • Mathematics/Analytical Reasoning (6 hours)

  • Natural Sciences (6 hours)

  • Humanities (3 hours)

  • Social/Behavioral Science (3 hours)

  • Fine Arts (3 hours)


LSUE Online Program

In addition, LSUE partners with LSU Online to offer an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice degree from LSU Eunice Online in as few as two years. The program's coursework includes insider knowledge - both past and present - on the correctional, criminal, and judicial topics to shape your career.

Whether you are looking to strengthen your career knowledge or pursue a baccalaureate degree, the curriculum of the online Associate of Science in Criminal Justice program is ideal for students who wish to fulfill objectives with two years of college coursework. 

Learn more - LSUE Online Associate of Science in Criminal Justice


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