Associate of Applied Science - AAS
Criminal justice covers a range of occupations in corrections, courts and law enforcement. All require the ability to handle stress, potentially dangerous situations, and a workload that can change by the minute. This Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Criminal Justice is designed to prepare students for a career upon completion. If you are planning to transfer to a university for a four-year degree, you should pursue the AS in Criminal Justice.
The two-year Criminal Justice program is designed to provide students with a variety of career opportunities. Careers available include: state and local law enforcement, school resource officers, park ranger, sheriff's deputies, corrections officers, federal agencies such as U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Marshalls, U.S. Secret Service, Transportation Security Administration, and other U.S. Department of Homeland Security jobs (some of these agencies require a four-year degree).
Most police and corrections officers must graduate from their agency’s training academy before completing a period of on-the-job training. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, usually at least 21 years old, and able to meet rigorous physical and personal qualifications.
The AAS program is specifically for students who plan to enter the workforce after graduation. Students who plan to pursue a Bachelor's degree should follow the Tennessee Transfer Pathway in Criminal Justice.