Indiana State Capitol Police, photo c. Schwen, 2008

Take an accelerated path to the professional world that will help you compete for mid-level management positions with our two-year associate of arts in criminal justice and criminology.

You’ll master the ability to comprehend and apply the theories of criminal justice to the real world. You’ll gain the experience to conduct yourself professionally as you interact with peers, educators, members of the community, and criminal justice professionals.

Major Requirements

During your first year in the program, you’ll begin with core criminal justice and criminology coursework. Your second year will encompass 35 credits in more advanced criminal justice and criminology courses, plus electives.

Total Credits



A few of the classes you will take include:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Race, Gender, and Crime
  • Decision Making and Ethics
  • Criminal Law

For a complete list of all the courses you will take and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

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Paying for Your Education

Department Scholarships

On top of the dozens of scholarships the university offers its students, our department gives awards every year to its own students to recognize them for their achievements. Learn more.

Ready to Apply?

Are you interested in pursuing an associate’s degree in criminal justice and criminology? The first step is to apply as an undergraduate student to Ball State University. Begin the journey today.


Do you want to learn more about our program or have questions about the application process or financial aid? We’re here to help! One of the best ways to understand why Ball State is right for you is to schedule a visit through our Office of Undergraduate Admissions to see it for yourself. Or if you’d like to speak directly to someone in our department, please feel free to call or email us.