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 Rapid City 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 (800) 209-0490 or visit the Rapid City campus page.
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- Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary
- First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers
- First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives
- 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.
“I change lives. I help people realize their dream of an education and that it is never too late to go back. My role is to build the relationship with them and be the first part of their journey. My position is generally a student’s first impression of the school, and I love being able to answer their questions and represent NAU in a positive manner to our students and the community."
Zea Powell - Enrollment and Completion Advisor (staff and student)
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About Rapid City
National American University’s Rapid City campus is conveniently located on the south side of Rapid City, S.Dak. The Rapid City campus has been serving students in the western South Dakota area since 1941 and is considered National American University's home campus. In addition to its strong business and information technology curriculum, the Rapid City campus offers excellent degree programs in nursing, veterinary technology, and paralegal and pre-law studies. The Rapid City campus is easily accessible from just about anywhere in the Rapid City area, and is convenient to Highway 16 and Highway 79.