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If you want to help people while contributing to the safety and overall wellbeing of the country and the global community, you might want to consider one of Anne Arundel Community College’s highly regarded Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice programs. You’ll train under current and former criminal justice professionals, who have expertise ranging from local, state and federal law enforcement to military intelligence analysis. And you’ll be in good company. Law enforcement agencies at all levels—such as the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, Department of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration—have sent their employees to our Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute for training for more than 10 years. Our flexible program also offers opportunities online, during the day, and in the evenings. Through your hard work, determination and desire to contribute to a greater good, you’ll become prepared to make a difference in the workforce or to transfer to a four-year college or university.


Career Degrees

AACC offers the following Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees in this area of study. The state of Maryland refers to the A.A.S. as a career degree, because it's intended to provide you the skills to enter the workforce. In some cases, AACC has entered into agreements allowing this degree to transfer to select colleges. Where that is the case, it's noted with the degree below.

Cybercrime, A.A.S.

You’ll acquire an in-depth knowledge of cybercrime prevention, criminal investigation and evidentiary presentation. You’ll be well prepared to enter the workforce or for additional responsibility and promotion. You’ll also have completed many general education requirements if you wish to transfer to a four-year institution.

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Forensic Police Science, Forensic Studies, A.A.S.

You’ll gain a broad background in the field of criminal justice and forensic science through coursework in forensics, homicide, criminal law and more. You’ll be ready to launch your career right now or to transfer to a four-year institution.

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Forensic Scientist, Forensic Studies, A.A.S.

You’ll gain a broad background in the area of criminal investigation and forensic science. The Forensic Scientist program provides students with an opportunity to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in forensic studies and later pursue a bachelor degree in forensic science at another college or university.

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Juvenile Justice, A.A.S.

You’ll gain the skills needed to assess, treat and manage children and youth offenders in both the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems. You’ll study the legal and therapeutic distinctions between children and adults regarding legal representation and protection, due process, custody, sentencing, residential placements, education and more. You’ll be ready to jump start your career right now or to transfer to a four-year institution.

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Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, A.A.S.

You’ll learn about police operations, counterterrorism, criminal law and so much more. This versatile and flexible degree provides the basic theoretical and technical skills for an entry-level position in the field of criminal justice and helps in-service police officers advance their careers.

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Police Academy, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, A.A.S.

You’ll take a broad selection of general education requirements, while also completing the entrance-level training objectives, excluding firearms training, mandated by the Maryland Police Training Commission. You must meet with the program coordinator for advisement and eligibility approval before enrolling. Please call 410-777-7063 or email Ms. Drema Marks at djmarks@aacc.edu.

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Social Justice, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, A.A.S.

You’ll develop the analytical and organizational skills needed to address and end injustices that occur in the criminal justice, juvenile justice or environmental systems. You’ll learn how to help underprivileged communities and design systems and infrastructure to improve their quality of life. You’ll also acquire skills to correct government structures or corporate operations that have negatively impacted people and communities. By the time you earn your degree, you’ll be well-prepared to start changing the world right now or to transfer to a four-year college or university.

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Credit Certificates

The following certificates prepare students for employment and feeds into the A.A.S. degree, if desired.

Cybercrime

You’ll acquire an in-depth knowledge of cybercrime prevention, criminal investigation and evidentiary presentation. You’ll be well prepared to enter the workforce or for additional responsibility and promotion.

Learn more from our catalog.

Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

You’ll develop skills to work in the criminal justice field, with the ability to specialize in police administration, law enforcement and corrections or juvenile services. You’ll be ready to launch your career or advance it. You’ll also be able to continue your studies on a full- or part-time basis in either a day or evening schedule.

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Police Academy, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

You’ll complete the entrance-level training objectives, excluding firearms training, mandated by the Maryland Police Training Commission. You must meet with the program coordinator for advisement and eligibility approval before enrolling. Please call 410-777-7063 or email Ms. Drema Marks at djmarks@aacc.edu.

Learn more from our catalog.

Interested in Transfer?

If you're interested in earning a four-year degree and want to study this subject, Transfer Studies may be your solution. This distinctive degree is designed to let you choose an area of concentration (or major), while completing your state of Maryland general education requirements.

Transfer Studies, A.A.

The Transfer Studies, A.A. allows you to explore different subjects or concentrate on a specific course plan that will best meet your in-state (and even some out-of-state) transfer goals. If you hope to transfer to a specific program or school, one of our advisors can help structure your AACC studies specifically for that purpose. The result? You get a well-rounded associate degree preparing you for further studies and successful career. 

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What can you do with a degree in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice?

Our respected and well-known Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute will prepare you for a number of careers that can make a real difference. Many of our students pursue positions in law enforcement, as correctional officers, as intelligence analysts, in emergency response, as policy analysts, in law and in juvenile justice, to name just a few of the exciting possibilities. And with AACC’s four-year transfer agreements with dozens of top colleges and universities in Maryland and beyond, a degree has never been a better investment. For outlook information about specific careers, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics), and check out AACC’s Career Coach to discover the perfect career for you.


Related Studies

If our Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice program sounds appealing, but you’d like to compare it to other offerings, see if this area of study is a better fit.