Associate of Arts Degree - Criminal Justice

TMCC’s Associate of Arts in criminal justice degree is designed for students wishing to explore or enter a highly rewarding career in the criminal justice system. It is designed as either a stand-alone associate degree in the field of criminal justice or as a university transfer option to UNR. The transfer option allows students to earn their university required lower division courses upon completion of their Associate of Arts.

Students are strongly encouraged to obtain academic advisement at TMCC for courses that are consistent with the UNR-TMCC transfer agreement to ensure a smooth transition in the university transfer process.

Degree Outcomes

Students completing the degree will:

  • Describe the rights and protections granted under the US Constitution, particularly the Bill of Rights, to individuals involved in the criminal justice system.
  • Explain the process of conducting a professional criminal investigation, the process of an arrest and pretrial detention, criminal trial procedures, and possible sanctions after conviction.
  • Describe ethics adhered to by individuals involved in the various professions in the criminal justice system.

Note: In accordance with the TMCC/UNR transfer agreement, students who complete the TMCC Criminal Justice Degree Associate of Arts prior to entering the UNR Bachelor of Arts program fulfill all General Education requirements. Students who plan to transfer without a Degree should consult with an academic advisor at TMCC for important information about transferring general education courses.

AA/AS degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university.  

To earn an AA/AS degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 units within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AA/AS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
English3-6
Including ENG 102 or ENG 114 1
Fine Arts3
Humanities3
Mathematics3
Recommended:
Pre-Calculus I (or higher)
Science6
Social Science3
Recommended:
Select a course that satisfies both Social Science and U.S. and Nevada Constitutions requirement.
Additional Degree Requirements
Diversity 1[3]
Recommended:
History of the Built Environment
Foreign Language 20-14
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 1[3]
Degree Requirements
Core:
CRJ 104Introduction to Administration of Justice3
CRJ 222Criminal Law and Procedure3
Emphasis
Select 9 units from the following:9
Substance Abuse-Fundamental Facts and Insights 2
Introduction to Corrections 2
Legal Careers and Law Schools 2
Legal Research and Methods 2
Legal Writing 2
Police in America: An Introduction 2
Introduction to the Courts and American Legal System
Elective Requirements
Select 7 units of transferable electives:7-24
Recommended:
Critical Thinking and Reasoning 2
Introduction to Statistics 2
Law and Justice
Any other electives of choice.
Total Units60
1

Course may also count toward degree requirements. Please consult with Academic Advisement.

2

For students planning to complete either the general Bachelor of Arts or the Pre-Law specialization Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice at UNR, consult with Academic Advisement. 

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
Humanities/Diversity course 3 3
CRJ 104 Introduction to Administration of Justice (5) 3
Foreign Language 5 4
Social Science/U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 3 3
English 4 3
 Semester Total16
2nd semester
Select 2 Degree courses 4 6
Foreign Language 5 4
ENG 102 Composition II 3
Mathematics 4 3
 Semester Total16
3rd semester
Elective 4 3
Degree course 4 3
CRJ 222 Criminal Law and Procedure 3
Foreign Language 5 3
Science 3 3
 Semester Total15
4th semester
Elective 4 4
Fine Arts 3 3
Foreign Language 5 3
Science 3 3
 Semester Total13
 Total Units60
3

See approved General Education list for the AA/AS Degree.

4

See program recommendations or requirements.

5

 See approved Foreign Language list for the AA Degree.