The Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice equips students with a broad grounding in the Liberal Arts, along with foundational knowledge and skills in human relations and Criminal Justice. Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in helping professions. They may also continue their studies to earn the Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice.

Spiritual principles embedded in the program assist students to grow personally and spiritually, and enable students to live out their faith in their chosen profession.

Students enroll in the Criminal Justice program to advance or change careers or to prepare for graduate study.

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The Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice equips students with a broad grounding in the Liberal Arts, along with foundational knowledge and skills in human relations and Criminal Justice. Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in helping professions. They may also continue their studies to earn the Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice.

Spiritual principles embedded in the program assist students to grow personally and spiritually, and enable students to live out their faith in their chosen profession.

Students enroll in the Criminal Justice program to advance or change careers or to prepare for graduate study.

Program Goals

Equip students with essential habits and skills for lifelong learning and success.

  • Students develop a plan that analyzes and capitalizes on their strengths to achieve relational, academic, and professional success.
  • Graduates employ effective study habits and time management skills.
  • Graduates locate and use information resources.
  • Graduates demonstrate basic computer literacy.
  • Graduates read with understanding, think critically, and develop reasoned arguments.
  • Graduates communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Graduates form, maintain, and enjoy healthy relationships with others, including persons from different backgrounds and cultures.
  • Graduates work effectively to accomplish tasks both independently and within teams.

Equip students to apply basic content, principles, and methodologies of the primary areas of knowledge, including the Humanities, Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics.

  • Graduates apply philosophical, literary, and artistic concepts to illuminate cultural artifacts and worldview issues.
  • Graduates apply religious, philosophical, psychological, social, political, economic, and cultural concepts to illuminate human behavior and social trends.
  • Graduates articulate and apply scientific concepts, principles, and methods.
  • Graduates apply mathematical concepts and methods to investigate and solve real-world problems and questions.

Equip students with a foundation in biblical theology and worldview issues.

  • Graduates demonstrate a basic understanding of the content of the Old and New Testaments.
  • Graduates demonstrate a basic understanding of a Christian worldview and the role of believers in the Body of Christ.

Equip students with a basic theoretical foundation for understanding issues in human relations and Criminal Justice.

  • Graduates articulate principles for effective interpersonal interactions, including relationship building, problem solving, and dealing with difficult people.
  • Graduates articulate the powers and civil rights granted by the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.
  • Graduates explain basic concepts of criminal justice and the structure of the American criminal justice system, including the roles of the courts and police.
  • Graduates identify and discuss the impact that societal, psychological, and environmental factors have on criminal behavior and how these may be addressed in the criminal justice system.
  • Graduates identify and discuss the differential effects and treatment of people by and/or within the criminal justice system based on racial, ethnic, gender, and age characteristics.

Point University awards up to 9 hours of transfer credit to those who successfully complete the entire 9-week police academy training course offered by the State of Georgia (the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council 408 Hour Basic Law Enforcement Training Course) or the State of Alabama (the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission 520 Hour Basic Training Curriculum).

POTENTIAL CAREER PATHS
  • Police Officer
  • Corrections Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Judicial Administrator
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