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Criminal Justice (A.S.) +

About the Degree
Career Information
General Education Requirements 
Program Requirements 

The Criminal Justice program will prepare you for careers in law enforcement, investigation, corrections, courts, private security, juvenile justice, or related opportunities in the legal field. You will gain an understanding of our American legal and justice system, including the interrelationship of the police, courts, the correctional system, and the role the Constitution plays in the criminal justice system.

+This program can be completed fully online.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Criminal Justice program will be able to:

  • describe methods social scientists use to research, analyze, interpret and report data in the field of criminal justice;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the interrelationship of the police, courts and correctional system, and the role the Constitution plans in the criminal justice system;
  • exhibit professional conduct in a criminal justice organization including legal and ethical responsibilities, roles and boundaries;
  • demonstrate academic skills required of all CCV graduates, including competency in writing, information literacy, oral communication, and quantitative reasoning; and
  • explore pathways for educational and career development in the student’s field of study.

The Criminal Justice program is great for you if:

  • you care about making a difference for others and serving your community;
  • you are interested in working with diverse groups of people and helping others who are experiencing difficult situations;
  • you are prepared for a rigorous career and can effectively manage stressful situations;
  • you are willing to work unusual shift hours and overtime on a regular basis; and
  • you are willing to undergo criminal background checks, and sometimes both physical and psychological testing, when applying for some positions in this field.

Key information and advice for students in the Criminal Justice program:

  • Entry-level jobs in corrections and police work increasingly require an associate’s degree.
  • Many employers require at least a bachelor’s degree for job promotion.
  • Popular options for bachelor’s programs include psychology, sociology, business, professional studies, and foreign language.
  • Private sector security and investigative jobs require the same education levels and unusual hours as government agencies.
  • All police and corrections agencies send officers to their academies for one to six months of further training to learn details of the job.
  • A felony conviction may prevent employment in a criminal justice job. Some agencies will accept a misdemeanor conviction. Students should check with the agency they want to work with for its policy on prior convictions.

The Criminal Justice program prepares you for careers such as:

  • Municipal Police Officer
  • County Deputy Sherriff
  • Corrections Officer
  • Victim Advocate
  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal (additional training required)
  • Private Industry Loss Prevention

Job outlook in Criminal Justice in the state of Vermont:

Projected Growth
(10 Yrs)
Police Officer or Deputy Sheriff $42,000 6%
Corrections Officer $39,000 stable
Legal Assistants or Paralegals $39,600 26%


Transfer Options:

For more information about special transfer agreements between CCV and other colleges, visit our transfer page.

Visit www.vtcolleges.org to learn about additional bachelor degree options in Vermont.

General Education Requirements

All associate degrees include completion of general education requirements which, together with program requirements, constitute a minimum of 60 credits. In some cases program requirements also fulfill general education requirements. You may not use a single course to meet two general education requirements.

Core Competencies

Complete at least one course in each of the following:

Areas of Inquiry

Complete at least one course in each of the following:

Integrative Approaches

Complete at least one course in each of the following:

Electives: 9 credits


* You may use a course to meet both a program requirement and a general education requirement; however, you may not use a single course to meet two general education requirements.

Minimum Total Credits in Degree: 60