Associate of Science in Criminal Justice

Learn how to restore justice within neighborhoods and cultures and reconcile communities.

Houghton University's program in Criminal Justice emphasizes human dignity and balancing justice with mercy. In this program, you will investigate the historical roots and responses to criminal behavior in the United States. You will also explore the development of the modern legal system and focus on reconciliation among individuals and within communities.

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Flexible Timeline

Fit your degree around your schedule with full and part-time options. For full-time students, you can complete your degree in as little as 18 months.

Degrees are conferred from Houghton University in Houghton, NY. Most coursework will be completed at the Buffalo extension site located in the King Urban Life Center. Students’ required capstone course will be held on the Houghton, NY campus and emphasize the learning outcomes for the entire program.

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Take the next step in your education without having to commit to a four-year degree. Use this next level of education to further improve your capabilities, gain marketable credentials and increase your earning potential. An associate's degree can also serve as a solid stepping stone toward a more advanced degree, like a Bachelor's.

Cost and Affordability

Houghton will coordinate all your financial aid. This includes all state and federal financial aid as well as scholarships. See what typical students pay for their education in a variety of cost scenarios.

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What Will I Learn?

Through Houghton's A.S. degree in Criminal Justice, you will develop a holistic approach to criminal justice as you:

  • Engage in coursework in psychology, political science, sociology, intercultural studies, and business administration
  • Address the history of, and concerns related to, social justice in the modern legal system
  • Go in-depth in subjects such as criminal law, juvenile justice, environmental crime and justice, and more
  • Receive professional preparation, including processes for civil service exams
  • Learn from dedicated faculty members who recognize the image of God in every person, regardless of what they have done
  • Connect with active practitioners working in law enforcement, corrections, probation, prevention, alternative sentencing programs, and prison ministries

62 Credits


General Education


Elective Courses or Area of Focus

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Documents and Supporting Materials

Official college transcripts are required from all institutions attended. Official high school transcripts are required for admission of students who have not attended college and for enrollment of students who have not taken 60 or more college credits.

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