Associate Degree in Criminal Justice

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About This Program

The Criminal Justice program provides students with the skills and abilities they need to succeed in dynamic and rewarding criminal justice careers. Students will find career opportunities in law enforcement, forensics, corrections, probation/parole, private security and investigations, and juvenile and adult protective services.

The professional expertise of the faculty provides an important blending of academic accomplishment and practical experience. Students benefit from their professors’ real-world expertise in police patrol, investigations, evidence technology/forensics, crime scene reconstruction, drug and selective enforcement, supervision, management/leadership, corrections and criminal prosecution. Career guidance and networking opportunities with criminal justice agencies and practitioners further enhance students’ academic preparation and career success.

Your Degree Courses

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice requires a mix of general education and hands-on courses. The following courses are a sampling of what you might take as a student in this program and are subject to change.

Program Course Sampling

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Laws of Arrest, Search, and Seizure
  • Criminal Justice electives
  • English Composition
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Fine Arts/Humanities, Mathematics, Science, and Social Science electives

Current Major-Specific Courses Available

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Graduation Requirements

Prospective Students

If you are thinking about attending SMCC and are curious what the current program course requirements are to earn your degree, download the current SMCC Course Catalog.

Current Students

If you are a current student, your program requirements may be different than those listed for the current catalog year. To view your specific program requirements or to search and register for courses, log in to MySMCC and visit the MyDegree webpage.

Graduation Outcomes

  • Apply substantive criminal law and the law of criminal procedure as used by practitioners in the criminal justice field.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of substantive and procedural due process as it relates to the criminal justice system.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how practitioners in the criminal justice field use science and technology.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the predominant theories of criminal behavior.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the organizational structure, operation and philosophy of the police, courts and corrections of our criminal justice system.

Estimated Degree Completion Time


62 credit hours are required to complete this program

Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

Program Costs

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SMCC Graduates

92% of SMCC graduates gain employment or continue their education within 9 months of graduation

Transfer Agreements for Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice, BS

Husson University

SMCC Degree Program: Criminal Justice

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Public Administration, BS

University of Maine Augusta

SMCC Degree Program: Criminal Justice

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