ASc. Criminal Justice

This programme has as its focus the criminal justice system and its relationships with individuals (as victims and/or offenders), professionals (prosecutors, police officers, youth workers), and communities. Students will learn about some of the central issues facing the system, why some issues are so controversial, as well as some of the innovative, creative and positive changes which are possible in handing down justice. Thinking critically, communicating effectively and researching in a meaningful way are just some of the skills attained by the end of the two years.

Persons aspiring to work in any field relating to Criminal Justice. Persons who wish to develop skills in order to contribute to community building and problem-solving High school graduates with related subjects desirous of entering the criminal justice profession.
Graduates can work in roles such as:

  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Paralegal
  • Fraud Investigator
  • Bailiff
  • Warden

Additional Programme Information


Applicants must meet the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica (CCCJ) matriculation requirements in order to be accepted in the programme. Either of the following: Standard Matriculation A minimum of five (5) CSEC or GCE O’level including English A and Mathematics. Alternate Matriculation Equivalent qualification(s) as determined by the CCCJ Mature Status as determined by CCCJ.

The Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice is currently offered full-time across four (4) semesters and part-time (evenings) across six (6) semesters. The programme comprises the following courses: General Education Courses Communication I & II Oral Communication Fundamentals of Information Technology Introduction to Psychology Support Courses Introduction to Sociology Statistics for Social Sciences Specialization Courses Introduction to Criminal Justice Criminal Law I & II Ethics in Criminal Justice Police and Community Law and Society Gangs and Organized Crimes Forensic Science Correctional Institutions: Concepts, Systems, and Issues Technology-Based Crimes Seminar on Crime Reduction Strategies Criminal Investigation and Procedures Criminal Justice Practicum

Application forms may be collected from the College’s Admissions Office or downloaded from our website.
Additional information about the programme including information on the tuition structure for the programme can be obtained from our Admissions office : (876) 630-1772

Students may start the programme in September or January of the academic year.

The programme is currently delivered full-time, part-time (evenings) or weekends depending on demand.

To be awarded the Associate of Science Degree in Social Work, a student must have: Completed all credits in the programme Completed all courses in the programme Completed all required hours of Criminal Justice Practicum

Main Campus

Box 233 Waterford P.O.
St. Catherine
Tel.: 630-1770 ext.538-40

Old Harbour Campus

41 East Street Old Harbour P.O.
St. Catherine
Tel.: 745-4702 ext.3226