Explore the Programs at Miami Dade College

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Program Overview

The Associate in Arts with a pathway to a degree in Criminal Justice Administration prepares you with the skills to enter into the field of criminal justice and enhances your ability to be hired in non-sworn, local, state, federal agencies, and private sector entry-level positions. You will also develop a strong educational foundation that enables you to seek upper-division degrees.

In addition to coursework focusing on criminal justice and law, this program includes classes in history, sociology and political science. Pre-law students will find this program suitable, as well as those seeking a bachelor degree in criminal justice.

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Program Details

This is a pathway program. The AA degree pathway is designed to prepare students to transfer to four-year institutions by providing them with the necessary general education credits and elective courses. Earning an Associate of Arts (AA) degree at MDC guarantees admission into one of the state's public universities where students can complete a bachelor's degree. An advisor will work with you to determine which elective courses will lay the best foundation for your selected major and continued studies.

Coursework includes:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminology
  • Corrections
  • American Federal Government
  • Critical Thinking/Ethics

Career Prospects

This program may lead to careers in law enforcement, corrections (including probation and parole), security in private businesses or government, and other areas, such as:

  • Juvenile Justice
  • Private Security
  • Corrections
  • Law Enforcement
  • Probation and Parole
  • Detention Centers
  • Community-based Intervention programs

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