Criminal Justice, AAS-T

Explore the criminal justice system through an interdisciplinary social science approach. You’ll study all components of the criminal justice system, such as law enforcement, courts, and corrections. This degree prepares students for immediate employment with career pathways with the Washington State Patrol, municipal, county, and federal agencies, law practices, corrections, security, and others. You can also choose to transfer to a bachelor of applied science program.

Course Maps

A course map is a quick guide to help students figure out which courses to take each quarter. Course maps were written by BC faculty, who have used their expertise to recommend specific courses students can take to achieve their academic or career goals. Students should meet with an advisor to learn more.

Courses & Requirements

The course catalog is a great place to find detailed information on this program.

Sample Courses

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Criminal Law
  • American Corrections
  • Principles of Criminal Investigation

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Points of Pride

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Top-Tier Ranking

Rated second in Washington State for online criminal justice programs, behind #2 nationally-ranked Washington State University.

  • Portrait of Charlene Freyburg.

    Charlene Freyberg

    • Program Chair

    A former federal investigator and corrections officer, Charlene Freyberg received her B.A. in Political Science, Pre-Law, and Criminal Justice from Washington State University. She earned her M.S. in Criminal Justice from Weber State University. Her published writings have focused on corrections programming, parenting in prison, death penalty issues, and human trafficking in Washington.

  • Portrait of Kelli Callahan.

    Kelli Callahan, Ph. D.

    • Faculty

    Dr. Callahan holds a Ph.D. in Psychology with research emphasis, a Master’s degree in Forensic Science, a B.A. in Anthropology, and a B.S. in Psychology – with forensic emphasis in both undergraduate areas. She is a P.O.S.T.-certified academy instructor, a published author, and a member of several professional forensic science and criminal justice organizations.

  • Portrait of Jabril Hassen.

    Jabril Hassen

    • Adjunct Faculty in the Criminal Justice, Political Science and Cultural and Ethnic Studies programs

    Jabril Hassen holds a B.A. in Criminology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and M.A. in Criminal Justice from Seattle University. His primary research interests include: community based studies, juvenile recidivism and ex-offender reentry.

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The Criminal Justice Club is Open to All BC Students

All BC students are welcome to join the “Criminal Justice Club” to further explore topics and issues in the criminal justice field. The club provides career information, tours of criminal justice facilities, as well as discussion, campus activities and films within the criminal justice world. More information is available by contacting the club advisor, Charlene Freyberg (