Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Science Degree

National American University’s (NAU) Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice degree program prepares students to evaluate analytically, synthesize information, and use critical-thinking skills to develop appropriate solutions for important law enforcement issues. Both the traditional and online Criminal Justice degree programs are designed to build upon an associate degree in criminal justice and help students understand the coercive nature of criminal justice and law enforcement decision-making and the need to use logic, ethics, and critical-thinking skills in order to use their authority appropriately. The Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice degree also prepares graduates for employment in law enforcement careers, such as a court clerk, court bailiff, corrections officer, probation officer, parole officer, and other federal law enforcement jobs such as border patrol. Policing and institutional corrections employment may also require the completion of a training academy.

NAU recognizes the value of life experience; we offer large block transfers and open electives to students with prior experience or training. This can also help students customize their degree to their criminal justice interests and career aspirations.

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.

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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.