Criminal Justice – Associate of Science Degree

Protecting society, for many it's beyond a career... it's a calling.

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Program Summary

  • If you’re interested in keeping your community safe and you want to help prevent crime, then a criminal justice degree is right for you.
  • Students will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as inmate management, private security, criminal investigation, juvenile justice, procedural criminal law, counter-terrorism, community relations and more.
  • At Brookline, we understand that a solid foundation of criminal justice practices and processes can be the difference between a job and your career. Additionally, we recognize the importance of an education in general studies.
  • Our criminal justice program incorporates both the basics of a liberal arts education with the critical elements of a degree in law enforcement and legal studies.

Employment Projections

  • Graduates will be prepared for entry-level positions across a range of civil and law enforcement functions within corrections, private security, juvenile law enforcement and criminal investigation, among many others.
  • 1,610 new criminal justice affiliated jobs will be added in Arizona from 2014-2024.(1)
  • 11% growth in Arizona from 2014-2024 which is faster than the national average for all occupations.(1)
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Employment Options

  • Correctional Officer or Jailers
  • Retail Loss Prevention Specialists
  • Police Officers
  • Immigration and Customs Inspectors
  • Criminal Investigators and Special Agents
  • Private Detectives and Investigators
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Program Spotlight

What classes will I take?

Here are just a few classes you will take during the Criminal Justice Associate Degree program:

  • Corrections
  • Criminology
  • Private Security
  • Procedural Criminal Law

What are typical class hours?

Morning Classes: Start at 8:00 am and end at 12:00 pm. Evening Classes: Start at 6:00 pm and end at 10:00 pm. Breaks are scheduled after 50 minutes of instruction and last for 10 minutes.
Program Description & Outline
What Classes Will I Take?

Here are just a few of the classes you will take during the Criminal Justice Associate Degree Program:

Corrections
Criminology
Private Security
Procedural Criminal Law

Program Outline

60 CREDITS – 915 CONTACT HOURS – 60 WEEKS

Today’s modern law enforcement agencies are requiring more in-depth knowledge and greater skill for their positions. Brookline College’s Associate of Science degree program is an extensive program that prepares students for entry-level positions and a rewarding career in criminal justice. Students will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as inmate management, private security, criminal investigation, juvenile justice, procedural criminal law, counter-terrorism, community relations and more.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the program, graduates will contribute to the areas of:

  • Identify and understand the nature and functions of the criminal justice system.
  • Describe Due Process and its role in our justice system.
  • Explain the major theories of criminal behavior from a historical, sociological, and contemporary perspective.
  • Understand the need for effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills in criminal justice.
  • Demonstrate the techniques used for report writing, the use of force, control procedures, giving testimony and courtroom behavior and crime scene protection.
  • Describe the State and Federal Criminal Court Structure.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of trends, issues, and ethics of criminal justice.

Residential Program Requirements:

Program Concentration – 36 Credits – 540 Contact Hours Credit HrsLecture Hrs Lab HrsPracticum
CJ 100 Criminal Justice System34500
CJ 105 Corrections34500
CJ 112 Criminology34500
CJ 116 Private Security34500
BU 175 Business Communications34500
CJ 126 Criminal Investigations34500
CJ 212 Juvenile Justice34500
CJ 250 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice34500
CJ 260 Procedural Criminal Law 34500
CJ 270 Substantive Criminal Law34500
CJ 282 Ethics in Criminal Justice34500
CJ 290 Terrorism34500
General Education – 15 Credits – 225 Contact HoursCredit HrsLecture Hrs Lab HrsPracticum
Open Science -Science/Bio/A&P34500
Open English34500
Open Math34500
Open Soc Science -Social/Behavioral Science (Psych)34500
Open Soc Science –Social/Behavioral Science (Sociology)34500
Additional Course Requirement – 9 Credits – 150 Contact HoursCredit HrsLecture Hrs Lab HrsPracticum
Open Elective330300
Open Elective34500
Open Elective34500
Total60885300
Tuition & Fees

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Tuition
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  • Tuition: Please call or click Request Info to determine your cost.
  • Program length: 60 weeks.
Paying For School
  • More than 88% of Brookline College students use some form of financial aid(2) to help cover the cost of their education(3). That’s why we offer personalized counseling from a Student Finance Advisor to help make your college experience more affordable.
  • We have also provided The Net Price Calculator that will provide preliminary, non-binding estimates of federal, state, and institutional aid eligibility based on federal methodology.

(2) Student loans, grants and scholarships are available to those who qualify.
(3) Percentage calculated by Brookline College for the 2015-16 school year.

Admissions Process

We want to be sure your career goals are in line with your selected program of study. Our admission process will help you understand our programs and the career expectations in the field.

Five Simple Steps:

  1. Visit the campus. See what Brookline and the Criminal Justice program is all about.
  2. Complete a Visitor Information Form.
  3. Complete a financial aid interview to develop a financial plan.
  4. Complete the Enrollment Agreement with an Admissions Representative to include collecting all necessary documentation.
  5. Meet with the Director of Education, or an appropriate Department Director to discuss any unusual enrollment circumstances or accommodations needed to successfully complete the program.

Once all requirements have been completed, the Director of Admissions, Director of Education, and Campus Director reviews the application for approval. Applicants are notified of their acceptance promptly.

Accreditation

Accreditation is the recognition that an institution maintains the standards required to achieve the credentials for professional practice. It is the status granted to an institution that meets or exceeds specific criteria of educational quality as defined by the accrediting agency.

  • Institutional Accreditation: Brookline College’s Phoenix, Tucson, Tempe, and Albuquerque campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
  • Brookline College has been approved by Arizona to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. For more information, visit: http://nc-sara.org/
  • Programmatic Accreditation: Programmatic accreditation, also known as specialized or professional accreditation, is designed for specialized departments, programs, schools, or colleges within a university or institution that has already received accreditation.

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Our Promise to You
Fixed Tuition

You will know what you’re going to pay right from the beginning and it won’t change during your education. That’s our promise to you.(4)

(4) Students who are required to repeat a course to fulfill graduation requirements are subject to additional expenses.
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You’ll learn from qualified instructors who are committed to your success in the classroom. With small class sizes, you’ll interact closely with your faculty as they teach, coach and mentor you through your time of study.

Job Placement Support

After graduation, we’ll help you with your career search with everything from resume writing help to job search support to interview tips.(5)

(5) Brookline College cannot guarantee employment
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(6) City of Phoenix Head Start Birth to Five Program
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