Criminal Justice, Associate of Science

A public service career that makes a real difference.

Are you interested in a public service career that makes a real difference? The Ancilla College Criminal Justice program will provide you with the background and skills needed to succeed in local, state, and federal law enforcement, security, and related careers. An associate degree in Criminal Justice can be a first step to a bachelor’s degree in related areas like political science, psychology and even law school.

An Ancilla associate degree is a career builder for those interested in or currently working in the criminal justice or law enforcement fields. Your criminal justice degree can launch a career as a probation officer, correctional specialist, private detective, paralegal, legal assistant or security professional.

A Word From A Criminal Justice Alumnus

Suggested Schedule of Classes

First Semester

  • Intro to American Criminal Justice
  • Intro to Corrections
  • Computer Literacy
  • Writing I
  • Freshman Seminar
  • Intro to Sociology

Second Semester

  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Writing II
  • Concentration Elective
  • General Psychology
  • College Algebra or higher

Suggested third semester courses

  • Public Speaking
  • World Literature I
  • Ethics
  • History of Art
  • Criminal Law & Procedure

Suggested fourth semester courses

  • Criminology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Social Problems
  • Criminal Justice Internship

Concentration Total:  18 credit hours

General Education Requirements:  44 credit hours

ASSOCIATE DEGREE TOTAL:  62 credit hours


The Indiana Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship is available to qualified students who are committed to pursuing an education and career in the law enforcement field.

Criminal Justice Certificate

Ancilla College offers a certificate in Criminal Justice. This program, complemented by a general education core of liberal arts courses, is intended as a preparation for those pursuing a career in Criminal Justice or seeking employment in the Criminal Justice system.

The primary goals of the Criminal Justice Program are to recognize and apply significant historical, contemporary, political, and cultural concepts that shape society relative to the American Criminal Justice System; to develop a greater familiarity and efficiency in reading and writing in reference to Criminal Justice; to prepare students for future roles whether a career in, employment with, or further study of the Criminal Justice System.

Suggested classes for Criminal Justice Certificate Semester I

  • Intro to American Criminal Justice
  • Intro to Corrections
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Criminal Law & Procedure
  • Intro to American Law Enforcement

Suggested classes for Criminal Justice Certificate Semester II

  • Writing I
  • Public Speaking
  • Intro to Sociology
  • General Psychology
  • Prin of Biology I

Total Credits Required for Certificate    30-31 credits

What are my career options with this program?

Probation Officer

Correctional Specialist

Private Detective


Legal Assistant

Security Professional