Criminal Justice, A.A. 

A woman sits in a dark office looking at a laptop.

Launch a meaningful career in public service with an associate degree in criminal justice from Vermont State University. In our broad-based program, you’ll study law enforcement, corrections, criminology, the court system, and ethics. Electives let you customize the curriculum to suit your interests and add relevant skills for your chosen career path. Your degree will open doors for jobs in law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice, victim advocacy, and more. Or, seamlessly continue your studies by completing our B.A. in Criminal Justice.

Reach out with Questions

Joe Zeitler

Assistant Director of Admissions


Send Email

Pat Brougham

Assistant Professor

Send Email

Why Study Criminal Justice at Vermont State?

  • Job Readiness: Graduate ready to start your career. Possible jobs with an associate degree in criminal justice include evidence technician, crime scene technician, victim advocate, probation officer, police officer, insurance investigator, and paralegal. Graduates of our bachelor’s program have launched their careers with the U.S. Secret Service, Interpol, the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, court systems, social justice nonprofits, and law enforcement agencies. 
  • Flexible Curriculum: Enjoy the freedom to strategically customize your curriculum. You’ll choose five electives, spanning courses focused on aspects of the criminal justice system, like Juvenile Justice, to those that will let you add in-demand skills for the workplace, like GIS Applications in Criminal Justice. 
  • Foundation for Further Studies: Through our rigorous and broad curriculum, you’ll receive an ideal preparation to continue your studies with a B.A. If you pursue your B.A. at Vermont State, you’ll have many of the requirements out of the way, clearing a path to an affordable and efficient completion of a bachelor’s degree.  
  • Experienced Faculty: Learn about criminal justice and law enforcement from faculty with extensive industry experience for valuable insights to enhance your career preparation.   

Request Information


Sample Courses

  • Law Enforcement in America 
  • Community and Restorative Justice 
  • Environmental Justice 
  • Crime Scene Investigation 

Meet Our Faculty

Assistant Professor

  • Castleton Campus

Ready to Take the Next Step?