2023-2024 Catalog


AS - Criminal Justice

The Associate of Science degree with a major in Criminal Justice includes both criminal justice and liberal arts curricula.

This degree is designed specifically to prepare working adults to enter or to advance in the fields of criminal justice and homeland security.

The courses in the program relate theory to practice.  Each course is a required component of the program.

The curriculum will be completed in the order established by Indiana Wesleyan University. Indiana Wesleyan University reserves the right to modify the curriculum as necessary.

Courses offered both in the classroom setting and online.

The Criminal Justice Program prepares students for an entry-level position or increased responsibility in law enforcement, court services, corrections, or private security. In addition, the program will prepare students wishing to pursue a bachelor degree in criminal justice.

Students graduating from Indiana Wesleyan University with an Associate of Science degree with a major in Criminal Justice degree should be able to:

  • Apply appropriate communication skills across settings, purposes, and audiences of the American Criminal Justice System, including law enforcement, corrections and courts.
  • Apply theories, principles and practices of criminal justice, including constitutional principles, judicial and correctional processes, legal institutions, and law enforcement.
  • Apply criminal law, juvenile law, constitutional law, and procedural law as it relates to a person’s involvement with the Criminal Justice System from first contact until sentence completion in a manner consistent with ethical and biblical standards.
  • Critique criminal justice research and use those findings to support arguments and decisions within the criminal justice context.
  • Critically engage ethical issues in criminal justice, particularly questions of social responsibility, professional decision-making and the impact of cultural diversity on the Criminal Justice system.
  • Integrate biblical perspectives into the decision-making process as it relates to issues involving the Criminal Justice System.

This program provides a fundamental basis for students desiring to continue their education at IWU to complete a bachelor's degree in this discipline. The courses contained in this associate program will satisfy 24 hours out of the 30 general education hours required at the bachelor level and will also apply toward the 120 hour degree requirement.

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements for the associate degree programs are as follows:

  • Proof of standard high school diploma or GED certification.  

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with an associate degree the following requirements must be met:

  • Completion of 60 semester hours.
  • Completion of the core requirements with a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Completion of 24 hours of general education requirements as specified (General Education Requirements).
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.

Criminal Justice (AS) - Program of Study

AS - Foundational Courses

GEN-111Foundations of Lifelong Learning


Total Credit Hours:3

Core Courses

UNV-181Leading Change in the World


CRJ-181Introduction to Criminal Justice


CRJ-268Crisis Intervention


CRJ-202Introduction to Corrections




CRJ-230Introduction to Policing


CRJ-242Modern Police Problems


CRJ-270Homeland Security


CRJ-318Criminal Procedures


CRJ-290Colloquium in Criminal Justice


Total Credit Hours:30





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