Criminal Justice Online Associate Degree
The Criminal justice online associate degree provides students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to succeed in a criminal justice career and prepares them for entry-level employment in policing, courts, and corrections. The online criminal justice associate degree may also be used to meet a requirement for entry-level employment in various criminal justice agencies or leveraged for higher-skilled employment and higher pay scales. Potential employment opportunities include police patrol officer, court clerk, court bailiff, correctional officer, probation or parole officer and some federal positions with the requisite law enforcement experience. Additional training will be required for policing and institutional corrections employment.
Graduates of the program will:
- Analyze the criminal justice system’s operations and issues.
- Apply legal principles to the police, courts, and correctional components of the criminal justice system.
- Apply ethical decision-making models and professional standards to criminal justice situations.
Graphic images depicting violent crimes are utilized as teaching tools in various courses. Students should be prepared to view these images and to engage in discussions regarding these images as part of their required learning activities.
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. Individual agencies regulate the employment of individuals in the policing, courts, and corrections professions. Persons convicted of certain crimes may not serve in these positions. Please consult with the employer of interest to establish what regulations may exist.
Course Listing (90 Credits)
CJ1000 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJ1500 Criminological Theory
CJ2100 Criminal Law
CJ2150 Professionalism and Ethics in Criminal Justice
CJ2280 Communication for the Criminal Justice Professional
CJ2300 U.S. Courts
CJ2400 U.S. Corrections
CJ CJ Electives
EN1150 Composition I
EN1300 Composition II
EN2100 Speech OR
EN2150 Interpersonal Professional Communication
SC Science Elective
MA2000 Quantitative Reasoning
HU Humanities Elective
Behavioral/Social Science Elective
CS1201 Juggling College, Life, and Career: Set Up for Success!
CS1301 Do the Numbers! Achieving College and Career Success
CS2086 Career Path Planning
Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.