The Associate in Criminal Justice program is part of BGSU Firelands.   

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Associate of Applied Science in

Criminal Justice

The associate degree in criminal justice provides students with an essential understanding of government, legal systems, people and their cultures to be successful in administering and enforcing laws.

This program allows students to easily transfer into the four-year program offered at BGSU Firelands and at Bowling Green State University. Students who complete the associate degree requirements will be slightly more than half way through the bachelor’s degree curriculum.

Quality classroom experiences

As society becomes more sophisticated and complex, those who are responsible for administering and enforcing laws must be able to not only cope, but to succeed. A well-rounded education based on the social behavioral sciences is a proven asset in obtaining that success in the criminal justice system.

Stand Out in courses like

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Law Enforcement in American Society
  • Investigations: Theory & Practice


The criminal justice associate program has been developed to address the current needs of students entering the career chain and prepares them to grow with the increasing challenges of the profession. Emphasis is placed on superior academic attainment and effective verbal and written communication skills, with a core program concentration providing a thorough exposure to understanding government, law, people and their cultures.

Students gain a greater understanding of the criminal justice environment through community-based learning.

Internships & Careers

Criminal justice careers are available in numerous areas including: law enforcement, courts, probation, parole, juvenile and adult corrections, and case work, as well as the significant and growing need for qualified people in private sector security and investigation.

GO FAR in your career

  • Federal agencies
  • Law enforcement
  • Graduate school
  • Law school
  • Corrections/Probation
  • Victim services