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2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice AA / LT

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The Criminal Justice Program is designed for both the high school graduate who wishes to prepare for a career in the criminal justice system and the practitioner who wants to upgrade his or her criminal justice knowledge and professional credentials.

This two-year degree is based on the best practices in criminal justice education and provides the knowledge content deemed important to criminal justice programs and is designed for graduates to transfer to a four-year institution to complete a baccalaureate degree.

Degree of Associate of Arts Louisiana Transfer

The Associate of Arts Louisiana Transfer (AA/LT) degree is designed to provide students with an opportunity to complete the first 60 hours of work toward a baccalaureate degree at a two-year or community college. Students who successfully complete a designated transfer associate degree program are eligible to enter a four-year public university as a junior, with all 60 hours (non-developmental) credits transferring to the receiving four-year university.

The AA/LT degree consists of a 39-hour general education block and a 21-hour block of additional coursework. Students who enter a four-year public university with this degree in hand will have met the university’s general education requirements and will be granted upper division (junior) status. This guarantee applies to those who successfully complete the degree with a grade of “C” or better in each course.

In the AA/LT degree program, students can focus upon a business, criminal justice, fine arts, humanities, or social sciences concentration. Upon deciding on a prospective concentration, it is important that students do some research and seek advice from their faculty advisor regarding the program’s prerequisite courses so that they may be completed as a part of the AA/LT degree.

In summary, the Louisiana Transfer Associate Degree guarantees (with grade requirement met):

  • Admission to a 4-year public university;
  • Junior-level standing;
  • Transfer of all 60 hours;
  • Completion of General Education block requirements at any Louisiana public university;
  • Equal opportunity to compete against ‘native’ students for admission to limited access programs.

The Louisiana Transfer Associate Degree does not guarantee:

  • Admission to every university or degree program: student must meet institutional or degree program admission requirements (e.g., GPA, specific course completions, etc);
  • That the courses taken for the transfer degree will meet specified course requirements of the major.

Check specific university transfer and program admission information at the articulation web site.

60 Hour Core

Natural Sciences (9 Hours Gen Ed)

Humanities (12-21 Hours = 9 Gen Ed + 3-12)

  • General Education Literature Cr.: 3 (required)
  • General Education Speaking/Interpersonal Communication Cr.: 3 (required)
  • General Education History Cr.: 3-6 (required)
  • Humanities Elective Cr.: 0-9 (foreign language recommended)

Social/Behavioral Sciences (15-24 Hours = 6 Gen Ed + 9-18)

Fine Arts (3 Hours Gen Ed)

  • Approved Elective Cr.: 3 (required)


AA/LT graduates completing the Stateside Criminal Justice Curriculum have met, in full, all lower division general education requirements for a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at any public university in Louisiana.

Students should consult with their expected transfer institution for specific course recommendations to best prepare for the major.

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