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Prepare for a criminal justice career at Columbia College
An associate degree in criminal justice administration prepares graduates for jobs in industries that rely on security professionals. Graduates may enter fields such as asset or loss prevention and security. Many students continue their studies with the bachelor's degree in criminal justice administration.
Some possible paths include:
- Asset protection
- Loss control / prevention
- Law enforcement
- Public health and safety
- Security experience
Explore criminal justice administration
The Associate in Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College serves as a comprehensive program designed to allow specialization within the field. Study corrections, the judicial process and criminal law while integrating interdisciplinary perspectives of sociology and psychology. Students may also opt to learn more about management of criminal justice agencies, criminal evidence and juvenile delinquency.
Opportunities to learn:
- Legal studies
- Juvenile justice studies
- Crime scene investigation
- Forensic science
Associate vs. Bachelor: What's the difference?
Associate degree programs focus primarily on general education and can typically be completed in two years. Graduates are prepared to either enter the workforce or transition into a bachelor's program. Bachelor's degree programs provide advanced study in a specific subject area and can increase career opportunities.
"[Students will] know how to write and express themselves verbally. They’ll know how to think critically about issues. They’ll be aware of what’s going on currently in the field."Read about Barry
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Available program formats
- General education requirements 21 credit hours
- Core requirements 24 credit hours
- Electives 15 credit hours
- Total degree requirements 60 credit hours
Some courses you may take
Comprehensive examination of the interaction between drug abuse and the criminal justice system. Examines drug pharmacology, drug laws, public policy, and the roles of the police. Prerequisite: CJAD 101.
Analysis of why certain testimony, objects and materials should be admitted or rejected as evidence in criminal trials. Prerequisite: ENGL-133W, junior standing.
Overview and analysis of law enforcement history, development, purposes and roles in a democratic society. Material is presented from a theoretical standpoint and examines critical issues and advances in crime control. Prerequisites: CJAD 101 and ENGL 133W.
Introduction to the field of psychology and the major sub-areas including the biological basis of behavior, sensation, perception, learning, memory, motivation, emotion, personality, stress, as well as abnormal, developmental and social psychology. Students majoring in Psychology must earn a grade of C or higher. G.E.
July 24, 2018
"[The Criminal Justice program at Columbia College] showed me some of the potential I had. It showed me that I was interested in law."
— Landon Miller '18
August 3, 2020
Flexibility the focus of CC’s latest educational innovation
Value Colleges listed Columbia College as the No. 2 school in Missouri for online programs in 2020.
April 9, 2018