2018-2019 Catalog 
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2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice, A.A.S.

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Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Contact Information:
Office 615-353-3461, Doug Jameson, Coordinator of Online Learning/TN eCampus, doug.jameson@nscc.edu

This program is offered online through TN eCampus.

The Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice provides preparation for individuals seeking employment in the field of criminal justice. Criminal justice covers a range of occupations in corrections, courts and law enforcement. All require the ability to handle stress, potentially dangerous situations, and a workload that can change by the minute.

Career Opportunities

The two-year Criminal Justice Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is for students seeking careers in law enforcement, corrections, probation/parole, private security, juvenile delinquency and other counseling-related fields.

Careers may also be found with federal agencies such as U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Marshalls, U.S. Secret Service, Transportation Security Administration, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security, however, some of these agencies require a four-year degree. Students who plan to pursue a Bachelor’s degree should follow the Tennessee Transfer Pathway Associate of Arts  (A.A.) or Associate of Science  (A.S.) degree in Criminal Justice.


The A.A.S. degree is designed to prepare a student for employment upon graduation. Some universities, at their discretion, accept some technical courses for transfer. A student who plans to transfer to a university should consult his/her advisor and the receiving university about transfer and articulation policies. Failure to do so could result in loss of transfer credits.

Course Requirements

Required: NSCC 1010 First Year Experience - 1 Credit

General Education Courses - 15-16 Credits

Criminal Justice Electives - 15 Credits

Choose five courses from the following list for a total 15 credits of Criminal Justice electives:

Electives - 15 Credits

Choose five courses from the following list for a total 15 credits of electives:

Total Required – Associate Degree: 61-62 Credits


* This course is part of the general education core.

** May take as an elective only if the course is not being used to meet a General Education Requirement elective.

Additional course requirements: The Tennessee Board of Regents requires that students either demonstrate the appropriate skill levels in math, reading, and/or writing before enrolling in college-level courses or enroll in appropriate co-requisite experiences with college-level courses to develop competency in those skills while performing college-level work. ACT/SAT scores, ACCUPLACER test scores, COMPASS test scores, or other relevant information determine whether a student needs to enroll in co-requisite courses in math, reading, and/or writing (English).

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