Criminal Justice: Prelaw

The three Associate of Arts degree majors—law enforcement, corrections, and prelaw—assist students in preparing for careers in criminal justice. Specialization in a major begins in the second year of study. There is a broad range of courses allowing the second-year student wide latitude in career planning.

Students are urged to obtain specific information regarding the requirements and recommendations of the institution to which they plan to transfer if they will be seeking a bachelor’s degree.

A minimum of 64 credit hours is required for each of these three specialties, including the courses listed below.

The goal of the criminal justice program is to graduate students who will be assertive, bold, ethical, and positive practitioners in the future, guided by balance, self-control, common sense, curiosity, sensitivity, education, and open, effective communication skills.

The foundation for these practitioners will be their integrity, desire to seek continued personal growth as a criminal justice employee and citizen, and ability to work cooperatively and loyally with cohorts, subordinates, superiors, and the public.

Graduates should be prepared to offer leadership services to the community in return for the community’s invested trust in them as criminal justice employees.


Criminal justice study at the bachelor’s degree level is a popular base for prelaw students and provides a thorough understanding of the system they may be practicing in during their careers.

Students in prelaw should select a broad base of courses at the undergraduate level. The practice of law normally requires a bachelor’s degree, three years in graduate law school, and successful completion of the bar exam of the jurisdiction in which the law school graduate wishes to practice.

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