Associate in Science in Criminal Justice (ACJ)

The Associate in Science in Criminal Justice (ACJ) Program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions within the criminal justice system. The curriculum focuses on the critical areas within the discipline, as well as relevant liberal arts courses, to provide students with the skills necessary to function within the profession. All credits earned from this degree are acceptable and apply towards the Hodges University Baccalaureate Degree in Criminal Justice.

On Campus and Online
The Associate in Science in Criminal Justice degree program is offered in the traditional on campus format as well as online.

ACJ Students Learn Foundation Skills In:


  • Criminology
  • Law Enforcement
  • Corrections
  • Courts and Criminal Procedure
  • Forensics
  • Crime and Delinquency

Why Criminal Justice?

Is the Associate in Criminal Justice a Good Fit For Me?

Hodges University’s Criminal Justice Program emphasizes essential knowledge for the criminal justice practitioner, as well as additional courses to prepare individuals for service in unique and innovative areas within the criminal justice system. The criminal justice major prepares students for a wide range of careers in federal, state, and local law enforcement, as well as private and corporate security.

Criminal justice is a diverse field providing employment in law enforcement, law and the courts, corrections, forensic science, private investigation and corporate and private security. This two-year degree program offers a diverse assortment of classes that will benefit both the new student and the practitioner returning for additional training. Whether starting out or looking to advance up the employment ladder, our broad-based curriculum will ensure the graduate is ready to face the challenges of criminal justice in the 21st century and beyond.

Our curriculum is structured to provide a logical sequence of courses for students to successfully obtain their associate degree and to provide a smooth transition, if the student wishes, to the bachelor’s degree program. Additionally, this degree can be used as preparation for future academic study in criminal justice, law, public administration, or social work.

If you are just getting started and are interested in the wide array of careers available in Criminal Justice, the ACJ program might be a good fit for you!


Career Outlook for Criminal Justice Jobs*

The career outlook for various criminal justice careers is good. The Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook shows that employment for the following occupational categories is expected to grow anywhere from 5-19% from 2010 to 2020.

  • Corrections 5%
  • Police & Detectives 9%
  • Security Officers and Gaming Surveillance Officers 19%
  • Probation and Correction Treatment Specialist 18%

Criminal Justice Careers

  • Police or Sheriff's Officer
  • Criminal Investigator
  • Juvenile Justice Caseworker
  • Detective
  • Bailiff
  • US Customs/Marshalls/FBI/ATF
  • Litigation Manager
  • Clerk of Court
  • Lawyer's Investigator
  • Witness Protection Worker
  • Victim Advocate
  • Guardian ad Litum
  • Probation Officer
  • Jailer/Corrections Officer
  • Warden
  • Corrections Facilities Manager
  • Risk Management
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Evidence Collection Specialist
  • Coroner
  • Criminologist
  • Forensic Photographer
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Casino Gaming Surveillance Officer
  • Body Guard
  • Corporate Security
  • Loss Prevention Specialist
  • Private Security
  • Child Protective Services
  • Social Worker
  • Media Criminologist
  • Teacher/College Professor
  • Community Service Coordinator
  • Discrimination Investigator
  • Non-Profit Organization Advocate


What Will I Learn?

You may enter the Associate in Science in Criminal Justice program during any semester. A full time student, 12 semester hour credits per term or typically 3 courses per term, can complete this program in approximately 5 terms or approximately 1 year and 8 months.

Hover over the course names below to view course descriptions.

Area I. Criminal Justice Component Semester Hour Credit
CCJ1400 Introduction to Criminal Justice

CCJ1400 - Introduction to Criminal Justice - 4 Credits

Systems The course represents an introductory level of study in the areas of criminal justice. The course will provide an overview of police, courts, and corrections, both from the historic and contemporary perspective. The study will include local, state, and federal systems, legal basis, and jurisdiction. This course is a prerequisite to all upper level CCJ courses.

CCJ1800 Introduction to Corrections

CCJ1800 - Introduction to Corrections - 4 Credits

In this introductory course, the student will examine the United States correctional system from the perspectives of both the corrections worker and the offender. Career-based material, actual cases, and the ever changing philosophies on offender treatment and sanctions will be explored.

Prerequisite: CCJ1400

CCJ2001 Introduction to Law Enforcement

CCJ2001 - Introduction to Law Enforcement - 4 Credits

Philosophy and history of law enforcement; limitations imposed on law enforcement in a democratic society in accordance with the Constitution; agencies of law enforcement; role and place of law enforcement in the total justice process.

Prerequisite: CCJ1400

CCJ2101 Criminology

CCJ2101 - Criminology - 4 Credits

A study of the nature and extent of crime and delinquency, the cause and explanation of criminal behavior, and the rationale of crime-centered treatment.

Prerequisite: CCJ1400

CCJ2200 Courts and Criminal Procedure

CCJ2200 - Courts and Criminal Procedure - 4 Credits

An exploration of the authority and limitations of the various American court systems, while focusing on the landmark court decisions of the United States Supreme Court that form the foundation of our criminal justice system. The constant interaction between the justice system and the legal system shall be critically analyzed with an emphasis in letting the student develop a practical understanding of the entire Criminal Justice System through current legal issues.

Prerequisite: CCJ1400

CCJ2800 Survey of Forensic Science

CCJ2800 - Survey of Forensic Science - 4 Credits

Survey of Forensic Science is an introductory course that focuses on the fundamental elements of forensic activity and its relationship with criminal investigations. Historical and contemporary forensic practices will be reviewed. Foundational exposure to science and scientific principles will be presented in order for the student to proceed to crime scene processing. Numerous, specific examples of forensic science applications will be explored.

Prerequisite: CCJ1400

CCJ3131 Crime and Delinquency

CCJ3131 - Crime and Delinquency - 4 Credits

A study of such pertinent issues as social movements, drug abuse, interpersonal violence, sexual deviance, and poverty, with particular reference to the juvenile population.

Prerequisites: CCJ1400 and permission of the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean

CCJ2999 Comprehensive Exam

CCJ2999 - Comprehensive Exam - 0 Credits

This is a comprehensive exam covering the core criminal justice courses studied in the Associate in Science in Criminal Justice program. Students must take this exam during their last semester at Hodges University in order to graduate.


Total Criminal Justice Core

Area II.

Liberal Arts Component

CAP1000 Computer Applications

CAP1000 - Computer Applications - 4 Credits

This course helps students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to use a computer effectively as a tool for productivity, communication, collaboration and problem-solving. The course coverage includes: knowledge of computer operations and file management, the use of email, navigating the Internet to search for information and resources, online safety, security and privacy, as well as the ability to use the current Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint at a level of basic proficiency.

IDS1001 Foundations for College Success

IDS1001 - Foundations for College Success - 2 Credit

This course provides students with an overview of the five educational outcomes expected of all Hodges University graduates: Critical Thinking, Effective Communication, Initiative, Leadership Ability, and Research Ability. Students will be introduced to the Blackboard Learning SystemTM, library resources, APA format, as well as the Academic Honesty Policy and the Writing and Oral Communication requirements of the University. All students are required to take this course their first semester with the University. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

PSY1102 Strategic Thinking

PSY1102 - Strategic Thinking - 2 Credits

This course focusses on the process by which attitudes are developed, evaluated, and changed. Students will focus on applying critical thinking skills to understand current issues, belief systems and ethical positions.

ENG1101 English Composition

ENG1101 - English Composition - 4 Credits

This course is designed to encourage students to evaluate their own writing practices, learn strategies to make their writing more effective, and then apply their understanding to expository and research writing. Students must pass this course with a grade of C or better.

Prerequisite: A score of 60 or better, or its equivalent on the language skills section of the CPAt test, a score of 65 or better on the language section of the COMPASS test, a score of 48 or better on the language section of the Online Entrance test, or ENG0991 and/or ENG0992 with at least a grade of C.

MAC1132 College Mathematics

MAC1132 - College Mathematics - 4 Credits

This course will provide the student with a firm understanding of college level mathematics as it relates to the contemporary world. Topics include critical thinking, set theory, logic, number systems, and an introduction to probability. Other topics include an introduction to Algebra and Geometry, solving linear equations, ratios, proportions, variation, percents and interest, measurement, and the metric system. Modern applications are emphasized with the above topics. All students must earn a C or better in this course.

Prerequisite: A score of 60 or better, or its equivalent on the mathematics section of the CPAt test, a score of a 50 or better on the mathematics section of the COMPASS Test, a score of a 18 or better on the mathematics section of the Online Entrance Test, or a grade of C or better in MAT0998

COM3015 Professional Communication

COM3015 - Professional Communication - 4 Credits

This course provides students with methods of subject development, research, and organization for oral presentation of information. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of skills in a professional setting. Students are required to use presentation software.

Prerequisite: ENG1101 or permission of the Dean of Liberal Arts

PHI3601/3301 Ethics or Philosophy

PHI3301 - Philosophy - 4 Credits

This course acquaints the student with the most significant directions of philosophical thought to the end that the student may have the ability to formulate questions, arrive at reasonable answers, and evaluate those of others.

Prerequisite: ENG1101 and 30 semester hours

PHI3601 - Ethics - 4 Credits

Ethics is a branch of philosophy that explores both the theory and application of virtues and vices in all areas of our lives. The course investigates current issues and events in the light of various moral principles that justify, clarify, explain, and direct our actions and attitudes.

Prerequisite: ENG1101 and 30 semester hours


Total Liberal Arts Component

Area III.

Approved Elective Component

Approved Elective Component

Credit for courses taken under the Approved Elective Component may be granted through either advanced standing credit (transfer credits), or classes taken at Hodges University as approved in consultation with the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean.


Total Elective Component

Total Semester Hours for Graduation Requirement



How is Hodges' Criminal Justice Program Different?

Our Contemporary Program

The program draws upon the expertise of law enforcement officers, judges, probation and parole officers, corrections personnel and practicing attorneys. As society changes, so too, will our criminal justice system. Hodges University is committed to ensuring that its Criminal Justice Program remains contemporary so that graduates of the program will be prepared to serve the communities in which they serve.

Our Professors

The professors in the Criminal Justice Program possess the appropriate academic preparation as well as the practical experience in the real world application of their craft.

Our Learning Environment

The learning environment of the class is further enhanced by the interaction of the various criminal justice students already working in the field. This blend of practical experience from both the professors and the students provides a real value to the graduates of this program.

Flexible Schedule

The Associate in Science in Criminal Justice is offered on campus and online. Courses may also be offered during day, evening, and weekends.

More Information

For more information about our program or Hodges policies and procedures review our Student Handbook and our Current Catalog.


What Will the Program Cost?

Hodges University tuition continues to be one of the lowest among private institutions in the state of Florida. Basic tuition for all undergraduate credit hour courses is $530.00 per credit hour.

Additional fees may apply. Books and supplies are not included in tuition. For a complete schedule of Tuition and Fees, see the current Catalog or Graduate Bulletin.

How Does Hodges Help?

Hodges University holds several fundraising events every year that benefit institutional scholarship funds. We also directly contribute an average of approximately two million dollars per year in loan offsetting funds to assist students in achieving their educational goals. Remember that tuition may be reduced by scholarships and grants and financial aid is available.

"I chose Hodges University because the schedule works best with my job and family. I continue to attend because of the tremendous support and aid given by the Hodges University staff" - Oscar Basora Jr. Criminal Justice Graduate 2011

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