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The mission of the Criminal Justice Department is to develop and offer the student an academic preparation for entry level career positions in all areas of the justice system in American Samoa and similar opportunities elsewhere. The program provides an opportunity for the student to develop abilities and skills necessary for a career upgrade and for transfer to other colleges and/or four-year institutions. The program encourages students to be cognizant of the social, ethical, legal, political and cultural perspectives of the American Justice System and its impact on the American Samoa System of Justice as well as those of other Pacific Island nations.

To fulfill this mission, the department offers the following degree and certificate programs:

  1. Associate of Science in Criminal Justice
  2. Associate of Arts in Pre-Law

The Criminal Justice Department offers the following courses.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze fact situations and understand case reasoning and rationale.
  2. Apply acquired knowledge and skills to real life/work situations.
  3. Demonstrate and appreciations of the constitution, statues, and case laws.
  4. Communicate both oral and written skills and to organize, deliver, evaluate information and evidence.
  5. Think critically, analytically, and logically when conducting research, drawing conclusions, and communicating results.
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Peseta Dennis Lutu Fuimaono Rosie Ah Chee-Toeava, Chairperson
Jake Fano Utumoe Alefosio, Faculty
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Latara Ah See