Associate of Arts – Criminal Justice

Overview

The Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice degree from the University of the Virgin Islands will provide you with the crucial criminal justice knowledge needed to enter the Criminal Justice field.

  • WHAT WILL I LEARN IN THE ASSOCIATE OF ARTS – CRIMINAL JUSTICE ONLINE PROGRAM?
    At the completion of the Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice degree program , you will have a fundamental understanding of what is needed to be successful in the criminal justice field. You will be able to exhibit applicable knowledge in investigations, juvenile justice, law enforcement and corrections.
  • WHAT CAREERS CAN I PURSUE WITH AN ONLINE ASSOCIATE OF ARTS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE DEGREE?
    Careers in loss prevention and security are applicable when obtaining your associate’s degree in criminal justice. Depending on your experience you could also become a supervisor, Sergeant or higher member of the police force.
  • HOW LONG IS THE ASSOCIATE OF ARTS – CRIMINAL JUSTICE  ONLINE DEGREE PROGRAM?
    The Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice online degree program from start to finish is designed to be completed within 24 months. However , it could take less time depending on how much transfer credit you receive and how many classes you take every term. The total program credit hours are 61.
  • HOW MUCH WILL THE ONLINE ASSOCIATE OF ARTS – CRIMINAL JUSTICE DEGREE PROGRAM COST?
    The undergraduate rate is $434 per credit hour with no additional institutional fees. UVI also offers scholarships and financial aid for those who qualify.

When Can I Start?

Courses begin monthly, so we’re ready when you are. Contact us at online@uvi.edu to learn more about our accredited degree programs, financial assistance opportunities or enrollment process.

Associate of Arts – Criminal Justice Online Program Outcomes

After successfully completing UVI’s 100% online Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice program, you will be able to:

  • Explain the various causes of crime using criminal justice theories, practices and processes to a multicultural population
  • Compare and contrast historical and contemporary police functions, issues and responses to crime
  • Describe the nature and function of corrections, its services, practices and institutions
  • Apply fundamental concepts of the administration of justice

curriculum

PROGRAM CORE:

UVI Online Course No : Course Name : Credits :
CJU1100 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJU1100 Introduction to Criminal Justice – Presents a broad view of the criminal justice system. The course focuses on decision points and administrative practices in police and other criminal justice agencies, as well as basic criminal procedures. A realistic description of the American criminal justice system is presented and how it works – police, courts, and corrections. Topics include: what is criminal justice, the crime picture and the search for its causes, criminal law, policing history and structure, police management and legal aspects, adjudication including the courts and sentencing, corrections involving probation, parole, community corrections, prisons and jails, prison life, juvenile justice, drugs and crime, multinational criminal justice, and the future of criminal justice.
CJU1120 Introduction to Criminology 3
CJU3110 Police Systems & Practices – The course provides an overview of police issues; integrating the history, social context, and theoretical understanding of policing in America. The student examines the relationships between communities, individuals, and police organizations. The “big picture” approach is used to illustrate an integrated understanding of policing.
CJU 3110 Police Systems & Practices 3
CJU3110 Police Systems & Practices – The course provides an overview of police issues; integrating the history, social context, and theoretical understanding of policing in America. The student examines the relationships between communities, individuals, and police organizations. The “big picture” approach is used to illustrate an integrated understanding of policing.
CJU 3130 Correction Systems & Practices 3
CJU3130 Correction Systems & Practices – Contemporary correctional systems and practices are analyzed and evaluated through a historical perspective with emphasis on community and institutional corrections. This course balances current and past research, theories and applications, and practical examples and issues. Topics included historical perspectives, the court process, alternatives to imprisonment, correctional systems, corrections functions, institutional clients, rights of correctional clients, reintegration systems, and finally a link to the future.
CJU 2250 Juvenile Justice I 3
CJU2250 Juvenile Justice I – The juvenile justice system is examined with an emphasis on its difference from the judicial system for adults. This course tracks the historical development of the system and examines the different approaches followed by the court and correctional authorities of various jurisdictions.
Total Program Core 15
Total Program Electives 3
Open Electives 12
General Education
SSS 1000 Student Success 1
SSS1000 Student Success – This course provides introduction and orientation to the nature of University education, functions and resources. Topics assist students obtain the necessary skills to attain their educational objectives. Emphasis is on Group process. 1 credit
COM 1200 Introduction to Public Speaking 3
COM 1200 Introduction to Public Speaking – This introductory course provides students with a broad overview of public speaking, including such topics as audience analysis, idea generation and development, speech organization, and speech delivery. Students learn how to outline speeches, create effective introductions and conclusions, use appropriate language, and control nervousness. In addition, students examine guidelines for and practice delivering informative and persuasive speeches.
ENG1200 English Composition I 3
ENG 1200 English Composition I – The writing course that develops critical thinking, investigative research and coherent ideas through the writing of analytical, literary and critical essays and the intense text readings.
ENG2020 Technical Writing 3
ENG2020 Technical Writing – This course develops written communication skills with emphasis on understanding the writing process. Students will analyze readings and practice writing for personal and professional applications. This course satisfies the General Education requirement.
GEN2990 General Education Capstone 3
GEN2990 General Education Capstone – This is the capstone coursework for the Virgin Islands general education program, and it serves a dual purpose. First, this course helps students to bridge the gap between broad-based learning and discipline-specific education. Second, the course highlights and incorporates specific skills and knowledge attained through general studies and may assist students achieve a greater awareness of how knowledge is intertwined. Furthermore, students may better comprehend how to draw and apply information from experience thus leading them to become more actively engaged and socially aware citizens of various communities.
Humanities 6
Social Science Electives 6
Math Electives (Math 1 and Math 2) 6

Program Snap Shot

Total Program Core Credits 15
Total General Education Credits 13
Total Electives 33
Program total 61

career outlook

Earn a criminal justice degree and pursue a career in detection, apprehension, detention and other police-related career opportunities.

Potential career paths and positions include:

The median wage in 2016 for Loss Prevention Managers was  $104,970.1

The median wage in 2016 for First Line supervisors of Police and Detectives was $84,840.2

The median wage in 2016 for Security Managers was  $104,970. 3

1 https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/11-9199.08#WagesEmployment

2 https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/33-1012.00#WagesEmployment

3 https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/11-9199.07#WagesEmployment

Employers can include:

  • Corporate Security Manager
  • Director Security Management
  • Market Asset Protection Manager
  • Loss Prevention Manager
  • Front-Line Supervisor (Police and Detectives)