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Associate of Applied Science
63 credit hours

The Police Science Associate of Applied Science is designed to equip certified police officers with a comprehensive knowledge of the governmental structures, limitations, and theoretical underpinnings of the American criminal justice system. This curriculum is intended as a terminal occupational degree program for students who are incumbents in governmental police agencies at the local, state or national level. The balanced liberal arts emphasis of this degree, which includes the study of law, criminal justice, social sciences, humanities, behavioral sciences, natural sciences and general education courses, will provide graduates a broader understanding of the criminal justice system than is currently practical within the confines of police certification or licensure programs. police science image

Upon program completion students will be able to:

  • Describe the historical development, roles, interrelationships, and criminal justice system functions of agencies, actors, structures, and operations of criminal justice agencies.
  • Identify and describe major national measures of crime and major theories on causes of criminality.
  • Explain functions of criminal laws, Constitutional limitations on laws, and application of laws in criminal courts.
  • Identify current trends in crime, police techniques, offender sentencing, corrections practices, and offender reintegration.



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Police Science AAS
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