Criminology/Criminal Justice Option, Liberal Arts A.A.


Are you interested in the law, justice and helping others?

Do you get upset when you see others treated unfairly? Do you enjoy righting wrongs and helping others? If any of these are true about you, consider a career in criminology-criminal justice and be part of the solution to keeping your community safe and productive. Become the leader you were meant to be with the skills you will learn in the criminology-criminal justice program at Gulf Coast State College.

You will learn the scientific study of crime, the lawmaking process, the criminal justice system, and the treatment of offenders. Completion of the Criminology/Criminal Justice option Associate of Arts degree, is the first two years of a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree (a four-year degree). You may complete the remaining two years of the four-year degree in criminology at Florida State University’s Panama City campus or at several of Florida’s major universities.

What careers are possible with a degree in Criminology/Criminal Justice?

Completion of a bachelor's degree will lay the foundation for a wide variety of professions some of which will require additional specialized training.

  • Federal law enforcement (FBI; Drug Enforcement Administration; U.S. Marshall’s Service; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Immigration & Naturalization Service; Internal Revenue Service; U. S. Postal Service and the Central Intelligence Agency),
  • Prosecuting or defense attorneys, judges, court administrators,
  • Probation/parole officers, juvenile court case workers,
  • Criminal analysts, and criminal research scientists.

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Who is eligible for the Criminology/Criminal Justice Option, Liberal Arts A.A. program?

If you are a high school graduate, you can apply to this program.

If you have earned credits from a regionally accredited college or university, you may have a head start at Gulf Coast State College.  


  • You'll get a great education with one of the lowest tuition rates in the state.
  • With small class sizes and professors who care, you'll get the personal attention you deserve.
  • More than 90% of our graduates would recommend Gulf Coast State College to others.

How do I apply to Criminology/Criminal Justice Option, Liberal Arts A.A. program?

To apply, you’ll need to complete the Apply now  Visit the Gulf Coast admissions page to learn more about the application process.

Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog for specific program and course information.


Check out the class registration dates and plan your schedule today.

How do I apply for financial aid and scholarships?

There are many options available to help you pay for college. Find out more about  scholarships and financial aid at Gulf Coast State College.

2022-2023 Catalog Requirements

Communications Area CH
•+*ENC1101, English I 3
+*ENC1102, English II 3
Humanities Area
Visual and Performing Arts See General Education Requirement 3
Philosophy/Religion See General Education Requirement 3
Literature See General Education Requirement 3
Mathematics Area 6
See General Education Requirement
Natural Sciences Area
Physical Science See General Education Requirement 3
Biological Science See General Education Requirement 3
Social Sciences Area
Behavioral Sciences See General Education Requirement 3
History See General Education Requirement 3
Government See General Education Requirement 3
Electives 24
Recommended electives:

CCJ1010, Introduction to Criminology, 3 crs.

CCJ1020, Introduction to Criminal Justice, 3 crs.

CCJ1191, Human Behavior in Criminal Justice, 3 crs.

CJL2100, Criminal Law, 3 crs.

CJC2162, Probation & Parole, 3 crs.

CJJ 2002, Juvenile Justice, 3 crs.

CJL2130, Evidence, 3 crs.

•+SYG2000, Sociology or •PSY2012, Psychology, 3 crs.

•+BSC2085, Anatomy and Physiology or •+BSC1005, Biology, 3 crs.

CGS1570, Microcomputer Applications, 3 crs.

SPN1120, First Year Spanish I, 4 crs.

+SPN1121, First Year Spanish I0I, 4 crs.

SPC1608, Introduction to Public Speaking, 3 crs.

(SPC1608 is a university graduating requirement and not a university entrance requirement.)

• General Education Core. Students must complete at least one identified core course in each area of study—Communications, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences—as part of the general education course requirements.

+ Prerequisites and/or corequisites required. See course descriptions.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.

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Bruce Harber
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