Degree Overview

The Criminal Justice, Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree offers a coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare students to work as criminal justice practitioners, supervisors, and managers in law enforcement agencies and other related workforces. The program also provides supplemental training for people previously or currently employed in these occupations (SOC 33-1012).

A student must successfully complete a Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) Basic Recruit Program to work as a law enforcement officer, pursuant to Chapter 943, Florida Statutes.

Included Certificates:

Program Manager

Gregory Bridgeman
Email: BridgemG@LSSC.EDU

Gregory Bridgeman (MA in Administration of Justice/Management) joined LSSC in 2018. He started work in law enforcement in 1974 as a deputy sheriff in Texas. He served 12 years in the United States Army and another 8 years in the Army Reserve. He has taught criminal justice in the community college system for over 20 years. He retired as a deputy sheriff after 21 years of service in 2017. Greg currently serves as the National Vice President of the American Criminal Justice Association.

Degree Snapshot

  • Total Program Credit Hours: 60
  • Offered Fully Online: Yes
  • Offered Partially Online: Yes
  • Program Base Camp: Leesburg and South Lake
  • Typical Starting Positions: Police Officer, Deputy Sheriff, Corrections Officer
  • Starting Salary: $15.83/hr. Data Source
  • Job Growth in Area through 2026: 7.2% Data Source