Most Applied Arts and Sciences (AAS) students are practitioners with established careers in criminal justice agencies who seek to advance in their careers with degrees in higher education.
The UHD Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) program provides students with a path to a fully accredited bachelor's degree, especially if they have previous completed course work for technical, applied or military credit, a technical or applied degree from a community or technical college, and/or a desire to develop multiple areas of expertise.
The BAAS Degree requires a minimum of 120 hours. At least 25% of the semester credit hours must be earned through instruction offered by UHD. A minimum of 18 hours must reflect approved upper-level courses. The final 30 semester credit hours must be taken at UHD.
Additionally, students must earn a minimum of 24 upper-level criminal justice hours earned at UHD, maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all major upper-level hours, and keep an overall minimum grade point average of 2.0 for graduation.
Employment prospects for graduates are projected to rise during the next decade. According to the
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), "Employment of police and detectives is expected to grow by 7 percent from 2010 to 2020..." Potential
employers include government agencies on a local, state and national level, nonprofit and non-government work, academia, for-profit corporations, etc.