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Criminal Justice
AAS = Associate of Applied Science
AS = Associate of Science
TC = Technical Certificate
CP = Certificate of Proficiency

Criminal Justice AAS = Associate of Applied Science<br>AS = Associate of Science<br>TC = Technical Certificate<br>CP = Certificate of Proficiency
ASU-Beebe offers two-year Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science degrees in criminal justice. In addition to those degrees, Technical certificates and certificates of proficiency are available in four areas: law enforcement, community policing, criminal investigation science and wildlife enforcement. These programs provide students with a broad review of the relationships between society and law, including examining the functions, operations, and interrelationships of the various components within the criminal justice system.  

In cooperation with the Criminal Justice Institute, an Associate of Applied Science in crime scene investigation and law enforcement administration is also offered. These programs are open only to licensed law enforcement officers. 
Campuses Offered At
= Beebe
Offered Online

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts and issues concerning the three components of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, courts, and corrections. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the key stages of the criminal justice system and identify the core institutions involved and the roles performed by them. 
  • Demonstrate proficiency in summarizing and differentiating major criminological theories and applying theories to analyze contemporary injustice issues. 
  • Analyze the individual and social impact of criminal justice policies for persons based on socioeconomic status, race, gender, age and other members of marginalized demographics. 
  • Recognize how perception through different social forces can affect laws and the pursuit of justice. 
  • Recognize the importance of due process and the legal foundations of the criminal justice system.

Credentials for Current Sworn Law Enforcement Officers

ASU-Beebe partners with the Criminal Justice Institute (CJI) of the University of Arkansas, ensuring that current sworn law enforcement officers can earn college credit through CJI and ASU-Beebe, leading toward the following credentials: 
  • Associate of Applied Science – Crime Scene Investigation 
  • Associate of Applied Science – Law Enforcement Administration 
  • Technical Certificate of Crime Scene Investigation 
  • Technical Certificate in Crime Investigation 
  • Certificate of Proficiency in Crime Investigation 
  • Certificate of Crime Scene Investigation 

Related Careers

  • Community policing 
  • Correctional treatment specialist 
  • Criminal investigator 
  • Forensic science technician 
  • Homeland security 
  • Law enforcement 
  • Law enforcement administration 
  • Probation & parole officer 
  • Victims advocate 
  • Wildlife enforcement 

Transfer Options

A baccalaureate program in criminal justice is available on the Beebe campus through ASU-Jonesboro. ASU-Beebe has 2+2 transfer agreements with several four-year institutions in the state: 

  • Arkansas State University-Jonesboro
  • Arkansas Technical University
  • Harding University
  • University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
  • University of Arkansas - Little Rock
  • University of Central Arkansas
  • University of Arkansas - Monticello


Kenneth Ray | Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice
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