Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Associate of Applied Science Degree

National American University’s (NAU) Associate of Applied Science Criminal Justice degree program prepares students to evaluate analytically, synthesize information, and use critical-thinking skills to develop appropriate solutions for important criminal justice issues. The program is designed to help students understand the coercive nature of criminal justice decision-making and the need to use logic, ethics, and critical-thinking skills in order to use authority appropriately. NAU offers classes online and on-campus for its Criminal Justice degree program. This degree prepares students for entry-level employment in various criminal justice positions such as police officers, court clerks, court bailiffs, correctional officers, probation officers, parole officers, and other federal law enforcement positions. Policing and institutional corrections employment may also require the completion of a training academy.

To learn more about program goals, learning outcomes and course descriptions, view the undergraduate catalog.

NAU offers courses online, on-campus, or a combination of both, depending on program and availability.

* For more information about NAU’s graduation rates, the median debt of students who complete the program and other important information, please visit www.national.edu/disclosures.

State certification agencies and individual police departments will have additional criteria that must be meet before a candidate can become a certified or licensed law enforcement officer. Please review the criteria with the 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 of Science/Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice degree programs.

State certification agencies and individual police departments will have additional criteria that must be meet before a candidate can become a certified or licensed law enforcement officer. Please review the criteria with the agency or department of interest.