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Criminal Justice - AAS

Associate in Applied Sciences - Criminal Justice

Protect and serve with an AAS in Criminal Justice

 

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WHY AN ASSOCIATES?

An associates in criminal justice is designed help students develop communication skills consistent with the needs of the criminal justice system, develop an understanding of ethics and provide students with the foundational knowledge necessary to be a criminal justice professional. Students will learn about criminological theory, sociology and psychology. With the completion of an AAS, students can go directly into a most academies, if interested.

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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Students graduating with a two-year degree in criminal justice are prepared for variety of careers, including those related to law enforcement, crime prevention and corrections.

If a student wants to continue his or her education, enrollment into FinnU’s Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice program is easy and convenient.

MEET YOUR PROFESSOR

Dr. Richard Gee

Dr. Gee is an associate professor who has been with Finlandia since 2012. Dr. Gee’s interests in Criminal Justice include Comparative Criminal Justice, Criminological Theory and Public Policy. He graduated with his B.S. and M.S. from Oklahoma State University earned his  Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia. 

Richard Gee

“My criminal justice degree made dispatching easier because I knew what the officers were thinking, you know, like the who, what, why and where. It just gave me a better insight into what they were looking for.”

Louise Owens ('80)

Associate in Applied Sciences Degree

Progress Sheet

The Classes

Course Offerings

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Communication: Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in written and verbal form in preparation for the written components associated with the criminal justice system.
  • Creative Insight: Demonstrate expertise in Criminology.
  • Analytical and Critical Thinking: Demonstrate the foundational knowledge of sociology and psychology.
  • Personal Perspective: Understand and demonstrate knowledge of ethics.
  • Analytic and Creative Thinking: Students will be able to identify the presence of the US Constitution in
    the Criminal Justice System.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN THE NEWS

Comparative Justice course group photo during summer trip to Finland
Traveling abroad with Finlandia’s criminal justice program

January 13, 2023

Criminal justice majors have the opportunity to travel abroad to learn more about other justice systems from around the world. From Finland to the former Soviet Union, you are introduced to how social justice is viewed in a different context.

Following a recent video release highlighting the criminal justice program’s most recent trip, Dr. Richard Gee sits down with the Finlandia Fridays podcast to talk about what opportunities the group had to experience.

This year’s trip included 14 days of travel […] Read More

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Criminal Justice trip to Europe | 2022 Video Highlights

January 11, 2023

Finlandia students interested in traveling and studying criminal justice have the opportunity to take a trip to Europe each summer. This year’s trip included 14 days of travel with students and faculty from Finlandia, Tampere University, Sheffield Hallam University in the UK, Marquette University, and Appalachia State University. The group traveled to Finland, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, with a final stay in the Åland Islands, a beautifully scenic and frequently traveled archipelago between Finland and Sweden.

Throughout the trip, students spent […] Read More

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Revamped & Refocused: Broadening the scope of a criminal justice program

January 06, 2023

Finlandia Fridays kicks off 2023 in two-part criminal justice series with Dr. Richard Gee

Graduates of the Finlandia University Criminal Justice program are sprinkled throughout all layers of the criminal justice system, pursuing careers in safety and security, social work, law, federal service and the police force.

Ahead of next week’s video release of FinnU’s 2022 Comparative Criminal Justice course trip to Europe, in this episode, Dr. Richard Gee sits down with Finlandia Fridays podcast for part one of […] Read More

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Faculty and Staff

Richard Gee

Associate Professor, Criminal Justice

richard.gee@finlandia.edu

Cassandra Hill, Ph.D.

Dean & Associate Professor of Communication

Cassandra.Hill@finlandia.edu

Mariana Nakashima

Administrative Assistant ISB - SCAS

Mariana.Nakashima@finlandia.edu
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