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Criminal Justice Degree

The criminal justice curriculum is designed to provide students with a foundation in the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for employment in the criminal justice field. Students may pursue either the Associate of Arts-transfer degree or the Associate of Applied Science degree with Certificate. Students who earn the Associate of Applied Science or Certificate of Criminal Justice are prepared for applying for entry-level employment in policing, courts, and corrections, along with entry-level positions in private security.

Program graduates may obtain immediate employment with public or private agencies concerned with public safety, crime prevention, security, or the apprehension and rehabilitation of criminals. A person convicted of a crime may have limited job opportunities in some criminal justice careers.

Many program graduates choose to continue their education in the area of Criminal Justice by transferring to a four-year academic institution or university. NIACC’s articulation agreements facilitate the transfer of NIACC credits to many institutions. A person considering employment with a public agency should check to determine the necessity of successfully passing psychological examinations as well as meeting standards related to physical fitness and eyesight capabilities, as a prerequisite to such employment. The College assume no responsibility for paying such examinations.

Career Opportunities

Successful graduates can find job opportunities in the following occupational areas:

    • Police Departments
    • Sheriff’s Offices
    • Corrections
    • Highway Patrols
    • Private Investigation Services
    • Industrial Security
    • Loss Prevention

Upon successful completion of the Criminal Justice curriculum with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or higher, the student is awarded an Associate in Applied Science Degree.


Tuition is based on the number of credit hours and legal residence and is subject to change or modification. To see the current cost per semester hour click here.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Financial assistance is available in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and part-time employment (work study). Students apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information on Financial Aid click here.

First Year - First Term

ENG-105 Composition I 3 s.h.
Mathematics elective 3 s.h.
SOC-110 Introduction to Sociology 3 s.h.
CRJ-100 Intro to Criminal Justice 3 s.h.
CRJ-111 Police and Society 3 s.h.
15 s.h.
Second Term
ENG-106 Composition II* 3 s.h.
POL-111 American National Government
OR POL-112 American State/Local Government
3 s.h.
(3 s.h.)
CRJ-120 Intro to Corrections** 3 s.h.
CRJ-130 Criminal Law 3 s.h.
BIO-152 Health & Nutrition 3 s.h.
15 s.h.
Second Year - Third Term
PSY-111 Intro to Psychology 3 s.h.
CRJ-201 Juvenile Delinquency** 3 s.h.
CRJ-230 Evidence 3 s.h.
CRJ-295 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice*** 3 s.h.
PHI-105 Introduction to Ethics 3 s.h.
15 s.h.
Fourth Term
SPC-112 Public Speaking 3 s.h.
CRJ-107 Survey of Criminal Justice Agencies 3 s.h.
CRJ-208 Introduction to Private Security 3 s.h.
Electives 6 s.h.
15 s.h.
Total Program Hours 60 s.h.

*Prerequisite: ENG-105 Composition I or ENG-102 Composition and Speech I with a grade of C or higher
**Prerequisite: CRJ-100 Introduction to Criminal Justice.
***Prerequisites: CRJ Introduction to Criminal Justice, CRJ-111 Police and Society, and CRJ-120
Introduction to Corrections

Recommended Electives
BCA-215 Computer Business Applications 3 s.h.
BUS-161 Human Relations 3 s.h.
BUS-162 Workplace Professionalism 3 s.h.
CRJ-949A-C Special Topics in Criminal Justice 1-3 s.h.
ECN-120 Macroeconomics 3 s.h.
HIS-254 American Indian History 3 s.h.
PEH-140 First Aid 1 s.h.
SDV-210A-E Cooperative Internship* 1-5 s.h.
SOC-120 Marriage & Family 3 s.h.
Suggested Math Course
MAT-156 Intro to Statistics** 3 s.h.

* All student who meet the admission standards set by the college and the following criteria are eligible to participate in the Cooperative Education Internship Program: (1) Students must have clearly stated set of career goals or a high interest in exploring a possible career related to the potential internship experience; (2) Students must have their proposed experience approved by the Office of Cooperative Education before they may begin; and (3) To register, students must be interviewed and approved by the Office of Cooperative Education.
** Prerequisite: MAT-092 Intermediate Algebra with a grade of C or higher, or an ALEKS score of at least 38.