You have a heart for service to the community—and we have the heart to help see you succeed. NAU’s Criminal Justice degree program at its school in Independence provides you with the skills necessary to make insightful decisions in the field and prepare you to join other admirable public servants in your community. With active law enforcement officers and attorneys teaching many of our courses—you will receive the foundation you need coupled with real world experience from the field.
The program’s mission is to equip students with the ability to think critically about the cause and effect of criminal behavior; to approach investigations, corrections, and rehabilitation using current evidence-based practices; to provide students with the ethical guidelines and skills necessary to make insightful decisions in the field; and to prepare students to join the ranks of exemplary public servants in their communities.
To learn more about program goals, learning outcomes, and course descriptions, view the . For more information call (866) 628-1288 or visit the Independence campus page.
- Introduction to Forensics in Criminal Justice
- U.S. Corrections
- Criminal Law
- Cybercrime in Criminal Justice
- Homeland Security and Terrorism
Students in some programs may be required to take online classes and attend classes at different locations.
State certification bodies and individual agencies may have additional criteria that must be met before a candidate can become a certified or licensed law enforcement officer. Please review that criterion with the state, agency, or department of interest.
NAU is not a Minnesota POST Board Certified Professional Peace Officer Education Program. Without reciprocity, students in Minnesota are not eligible to sit for the licensing exam upon completion of an NAU Bachelor Science/Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice degree Programs.
NAU also offers Criminal Justice at the bachelor’s degree level and as a concentration area for the Master of Management degree program.
"Being able to work with different departments and see how you all come together to make each and every one of us successful is one of the reasons that brings me back to work every day. The supporting and caring environment is not only provided for students but also for faculty and staff!"
Latisha Kieso – Financial Aid Advisor (staff)
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National American University’s Independence campus is conveniently located on the busy east side of the Kansas City Metro area. The Independence campus has been serving students in the western Missouri area since 1990, and has long been considered one of NAU’s flagship campus locations. It is one of four NAU campuses in the Kansas City metro area. In addition to its strong business and information technology curriculum, the Independence campus offers excellent degree programs in occupational therapy assistant, medical assisting, healthcare coding, paralegal studies, and healthcare management. The Independence campus is easily accessible from Interstate 70 and Highway 291 just north of the Independence Center. The area is a restaurant and shopping destination due to its proximity to downtown and all suburban areas.