Customs and Border Protections Homeland Security

A.A. - Transfer Degree

The homeland security construct has become a large, complex, and dynamic enterprise consisting of multiple professions, skill sets, and expertise. The degree in homeland security is to assist the individual officer in understanding the constant innovation and unrelenting evolution of homeland security as well as the threats facing the nation. The degree will also assist the individual in their professional endeavors in their chosen field.

Program Purpose

The purpose of the program is to meet the needs of the United States Department of Homeland Security (Customs and Border Protection). It is to encourage federal law enforcement officers to seek a degree in their field which will assist them in pursuing promotional opportunities within the Department of Homeland Security.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be introduced and demonstrate the conventions of formal academic writing versus informal writing.
  • Students demonstrate the ability to describe and identify an aspect in the criminal justice system which can be improved (solution to a problem); make decisions and support views.
  • Students will design and describe a five year professional plan outlining educational and career goals.

Program Map

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
AJS 101 Introduction to Administration of Justice 3 Major Requirement
AJS 225 Criminology 3 Major Requirement
AJS/HLS 18 credits awarded for Border Patrol Academy Certificate 18 Major Requirement

ENG 101 or ENG 107

Freshman Composition 1/GE

GE- Composition

Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
AJS 201 Crime Control Policies and Procedures 3 Major Requirement
ENG 102 Freshman Composition 2/GE 3 GE- Composition
MAT 142 College Mathematics with Applications or higher level approved math 3 GE- Mathematics
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (recommended) 3 GE- Social/Behavioral Sciences

Third Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
AJS 123 Ethics & Criminal Justice 3 Major Requirement
ARH 141 or ARH 142 Survey of World Art (recommended) 3 GE-Arts/Humanities
CIS 120 Introduction to Computer Information Systems (recommended) 3 GE-Additional Courses
GPH 171 Introduction to Meteorology (recommended) 4 GE-Physical/Biological Science

Fourth Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
GPH 213 Introduction to Climate Science (recommended) 4 GE-Physical/Biological Science
POS 110 American Politics (recommended) 3 GE-Social/Behavioral Sciences
SPC 215 Public Speaking (recommended) 3 GE-Additional Courses


Open the program map above to view the recommended classes to complete the program. You can also print the program map using the button above.

Transfer Information

Arizona State University BS, BA Criminology & Criminal Justice, Justice Studies (multiple program options) None
Northern Arizona University BS Criminology & Criminal Justice, Justice Studies (multiple program options) None
University of Arizona  BS, BAS Criminal Justice Studiees, Administration of Justice (multiple program options) 2nd Proficiency

Transfer Tools

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AZTransfer will provide you with more information and tools on how to transfer to ASU, NAU, and UofA.

Need help with transferring?  The AWC Transfer Services office can provide you with individualized help to explore degree pathways and specific university requirements.  Visit their website or schedule an appointment with a transfer specialist.

Additional Information

Check the Administration of Justice and Homeland Security program page for additional information about this degree.