Associate of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice
The Associate of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice opens the door to many career possibilities. Learners will gain an understanding of the criminal justice system, prevailing criminology theories, and national and local policies. The programme is active and involved having strategies such as role play, video scenarios, debates and group projects. This Associate Degree in Criminal Justice is designed to give students skills in writing, mathematics and communication plus core knowledge in psychology, sociology, law, statistics and human services; in addition to access to courses in the fields of management, ethics, and information communication technology to gain employment at the entry level of various institutions.
The programme is designed to produce graduates for career paths and employability skills in the following areas:
Criminal Justice, Crime Scene Investigator, Correctional Services, Coast Guard, Law Enforcement, Psychology, Immigration Officer, Cyber Crime, Forensic Psychologist, Private Investigator, Probation Officer and Protective Services.
Who should apply
Persons with industry experience aspiring for a career in Criminal Justice or to work in any related field.
Persons who wish to develop skills in Criminal Justice in order to contribute to community building through crime prevention and restorative justice.
Persons with industry experience who are law enforcement officers but need formal training.
Persons who want to change their career path
High school graduates with related subjects desirous of entering the profession.
Competencies that graduates of the programme will have:
1. Communicate and write reports based on skills and competencies gained from the programme;
2. Analyze all relevant information and make effective and legally defensible decisions in accordance with ethical and professional standards;
3. Demonstrate ethical behaviour and decision-making;
4. Conduct investigations by collecting, documenting, preserving and presenting admissible evidence;
5. Mitigate risks and maintain order by applying effective strategies in crisis, conflict and emergency situations;
6. Collaborate in the development and implementation of community policing strategies.
To matriculate into the Associated Degree in Criminal Justice programme, applicants must fulfil one of the following:
1. Passes in at least five (5) subjects in CSEC including English Language and Mathematics. (NB: Grade III is accepted after June 1998).
2. Passes in at least five (5) subjects in GCE O’ Level including English Language and Mathematics with grades A, B or C.
3. Mature student Entry. Applicants falling in this category must be over the age of twenty five (25) with a minimum of 2 years experience in the specialized area of the industry.
4. Equivalent qualification as determined by CCCJ.