2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jun 13, 2024  
2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook [Archived Catalog]

Criminal Justice, A.A.S.

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Program and Career Description

The Associate of Applied Science in criminal justice is a two-year degree program. Students who successfully complete the AAS usually seek employment in law enforcement, corrections, probation/parole, court officers, investigation, and counseling-oriented professions. Below are a few examples of career salaries.

Career Median Salary with BS degree Experienced Salary Median
Municipal Police Officer $41,910 $60,000
Correction Officer $25,920 $32,000
Court Officers $26,010 $30,700
Investigators $39,670 $91,390
Probation/Parole $37,590 $65,330
Counseling - Positions $37,590 $65,330

Career and salary information taken from www.bls.gov. Check out this web site for additional information about education requirements and preferred work styles and abilities for these careers. Salaries are not guaranteed.

Transfer Options

This degree program is in compliance with the Common Course Curriculum Library for the A.A.S. in Criminal Justice program as delivered by Tennessee Board of Regents community colleges.

This degree program is not designed for transfer to a four year college or university. However, some agreements are in place that will allow credit to be given for a portion or the entirety of this degree path. Please check with the transfer institution or your advisor for specific details.

Articulation agreements exist between other private and non-TN public institutions. These agreements are available at www.columbiastate.edu/admissions/transfer-information.

Program Requirements

Students may be required to take additional Learning Support courses

Social/Behavioral Sciences

Take one course

Program Electives

Take 23-24 hours from the following: (Do not duplicate courses)

Requirements for Graduation Include:

  • earning 25% of total program credits in residence at Columbia State.
  • earn a GPA of at least 2.0 in program courses.
  • earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • taking the Exit Exam.

If you have completed TN eCampus courses, run a degree audit from the student tab in myChargerNet to determine how these courses apply to this program.

Criminal Justice, A.A.S. Sample Academic Plan - Total Credit Hours: 61

First Year - Fall Semester - Total Credit Hours: 16

First Year - Spring Semester - Total Credit Hours: 15-16

Second Year - Fall Semester - Total Credit Hours: 15

Second Year - Spring Semester - Total Credit Hours: 15


For more information contact:
Frank Miceli at
fmiceli@columbiastate.edu or 931.540.2758 or
Text 606-627-2991
Science, Technology and Math Division office
at 931.540.2710

Columbia State Community College, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educational institution.
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