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Criminal Justice, Associate of Science

Criminal Justice, Legal Studies and Homeland Security


The Associate Degree in Criminal Justice is uniquely designed as the first step towards earning the Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice. It satisfies the education requirements of the New York Police Department and many other police departments.

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Undergraduate admission is based on many factors, including previous academic performance, satisfactory achievement on standardized tests, personal recommendations, and other indications of an applicant's interests, motivation, and potential.

For more information about admission to this and other acclaimed undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please visit Undergraduate Admission online. Or contact us directly at the campus of your choice:

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Candidates for the Associate program in Criminal Justice are required to complete 60 credits of a prescribed program of study. A minimum cumulative quality point index of 2.0 on a scale of 4.0 is required for all courses, and also for courses in the major area.

Graduates of the New York City Police Department may be awarded credit for field training.

Major Area Requirements
18 credit hours

  • CRJ        2000      An Introduction to the Criminal Justice System   3
  • CRJ        2001      Theories of Crime           3
  • CRJ        2002      The Police and the Community  3
  • CRJ        2003      American Judicial System            3
  • CRJ        2004      American Correctional System   3
  • 3 credits may also be chosen from the additional Criminal Justice offerings.