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Your Path to Success

Are you passionate about making a difference and seeking a dynamic career in Criminal Justice? An Associate of Science in Criminal Justice degree at Daytona State College is your gateway to a variety of specializations within this vital field.

Our program equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in numerous career paths, including:

  • Law Enforcement Officer (municipal, state, or federal levels)
  • Detective or Investigator
  • Probation or Parole Officer
  • Crime Scene Technician
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Dispatcher
  • Court Clerk
  • Private Investigator
  • Corporate or Private Security
  • Park Ranger
  • Criminology Professor

Comprehensive curriculum
Throughout the Criminal Justice program, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of:

  • The roles and functions of law enforcement, the courts, the correctional system, and the juvenile justice system.
  • Diverse criminological theories of crime, criminal justice policy and procedures, and constitutional law.

Build a strong foundation
Our program is designed to provide you with foundational knowledge, ensuring you're well-prepared for a successful and rewarding career. You’ll learn from experienced professionals and engage in hands-on learning that brings real-world scenarios into the classroom.

With an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice degree from Daytona State College, you'll be prepared for opportunities in supervisory positions or specialized units within the field. Our program is dedicated to your success, helping you to become a leader in criminal justice.

Join us at Daytona State College and start your journey toward an exciting career in Criminal Justice. With our comprehensive program and dedicated faculty, you'll be ready to make a meaningful impact in your community and beyond.

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Additional Information about the Criminal Justice Associate of Science Degree

Criminal Justice FAQs

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  • What is my first step for enrolling in the Criminal Justice Associate of Science Degree program?

    The first step is to be admitted as a student at Daytona State College. This can be done in person by visiting the Admissions Office or it can be done online. Upon completing the admission process, you will be designated as an active student at the college. You can now contact Academic Advising and have an advisor enroll you in the program. Ensure that you are enrolled under program code 2039. You can also register for available courses at the same time.


  • What courses should I take first?

    While enrolling in criminal justice courses sounds like a good idea at first, some students tend to put off enrolling in the required general education courses. If it’s been a while since you’ve been in school, or if you are new to online classes, take one or two criminal justice courses first to get back into the swing of things, then enroll in the required general education courses and get them out of the way. While English composition, literature may not be your strong point, almost every college course you will take requires that you write papers - and write them well. Completing the English and math requirements early will help you in your future courses, making them all a little easier to complete successfully.

  • Is financial aid available?

    Financial aid is available in many forms. Discuss your personal situation with a Financial Aid counselor and decide on the best course of action. If you are working for a public safety agency, check into their educational reimbursement programs.


  • I have credits from other colleges I attended in the past. Can they be credited toward my degree?

    Student Records will help determine what credits can be transferred from other institutions. Each student is handled on a case-by-case basis. Your previous school must  submit an official transcript directly to Student Records for evaluation. Talk to them about the specifics of that process. While you are waiting for a determination on outside credits, you can still register and attend Daytona State College.

  • I would like to transfer to a four-year degree program at Daytona State College - what must I have to enroll?

    Please contact Advising & Admissions for further information.

  • I would like to transfer to another four-year University or College - what type of degree do I need?

    Please contact Advising & Admissions for further information.