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Criminal Justice Degree Online from Westwood CollegeHave you always had a strong belief in justice? Make a positive impact with a rewarding career in the field of criminal justice. A Westwood College criminal justice degree will prepare you for entry-level careers in a variety of criminal justice areas, including corrections and private security. Through hands-on coursework and preparation, you'll acquire the skills necessary to launch your career in criminal justice.

Program features include:

  • course-based content on the current issues and trends in the field of criminal justice
  • writing and communication courses to enhance reporting skills needed to succeed in the criminal justice profession
  • discussion of high ethical standards that are expected of criminal justice professionals
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  • Course Info

    A Criminal Justice associate degree opens up a world of possibilities. Course topics include:

    • Introduction to Criminal Justice
    • Introduction to Policing
    • Corrections
    • Juvenile Justice
    • Private Investigation and Security
    • Criminal Justice Administration

    Course breakdown

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    Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

    • Compare and contrast the various components of the criminal justice system
    • Explore the impact of contemporary societal issues on the criminal justice system
    • Compare the legal, social, and political parameters within the criminal justice field
    • Analyze information and develop solutions to challenges within the criminal justice system

    Locations offering this degree:*

    California
    Anaheim Campus - Anaheim, CA
    Inland Empire Campus - Upland, CA
    Los Angeles Campus - Los Angeles, CA
    South Bay Campus - Torrance, CA

    Georgia
    Atlanta Midtown Campus - Atlanta, GA
    Atlanta Northlake Campus - Atlanta, GA

    Colorado
    Denver North Campus - Denver, CO
    Denver South Campus - Denver, CO

    Virginia
    Annandale Campus - Annandale, VA
    Arlington Ballston Campus - Arlington, VA

    Online
    Online Campus

    *Not all programs are offered every term. Check with the campus of interest for current program offerings.

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    Did You Know?

    Our fast-track approach can help you earn your associate degree in as little as 17 months or your bachelor's degree in as little as three years.

  • Careers

    Where could your Criminal Justice degree take you?

    Our criminal justice program provides the educational background and hands-on experience necessary to successfully begin a career in criminal justice. Our faculty of professionals with experience in their fields will provide you with the knowledge, training and insight that you’ll use in your career. Take a look at a few of the career fields that may be available to graduates of this program:*

    • Corrections
    • Criminal justice
    • Juvenile justice
    • Security
    *Graduates without experience in the field will likely start in entry-level positions. Westwood College does not guarantee employment or salary.  Please refer to westwood.edu/disclosures for important information about our programs, including salary information, job titles and employers of our graduates, as well as information about median loan debt and potential occupations from the Department of Education. Westwood prepares graduates for certification. Graduates wishing to attain certification must take and pass any applicable test/exams.

    Request More Information

    Our graduates receive hands-on, career-focused training. Don't wait another day; start transforming your life into the one you've always wanted.

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    Did You Know?

    Our fast-track approach can help you earn your associate degree in as little as 17 months or your bachelor's degree in as little as three years.

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  • Graduate Outcomes

    For important information about our programs, including salary information, job titles and employers of our graduates, as well as median loan debt and potential occupations listed by the Department of Education, select the link below related to the campus in which you are interested.

    For recently-added programs where there are no graduates yet, not all data is available  Additional information from those programs will be included in future releases. Data is included for any of the listed campuses where the program has been taught.

    The list of SOC codes is based on Department of Education standards pulled from IPEDS CIP-SOC crosswalk.  While the Department of Education requires all job titles to be listed, Westwood College has not found that our programs prepare graduates for all job titles listed. Actual entry-level jobs for graduates in each program may vary.