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Criminal Justice: Bachelor of Science Degree

For students whose goal is to pursue a career in the field of criminal justice, National American University offers the criminal justice bachelor of science degree. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities for the career fields of criminal justice. Graduates of the criminal justice bachelor of science degree program are prepared to apply for entry-level employment in policing, courts or corrections and also to advance from entry-level employment to the supervisory and administrative levels of these career fields once they have attained the requisite entry-level experience. Policing and institutional corrections employment also will require the completion of a training academy. The criminal justice degree serves as a foundation for career positions such as police officer, deputy sheriff, state highway patrol officer, court clerk, court bailiff, correctional officer, probation officer, parole officer, as well as various federal law enforcement positions. Many criminal justice agencies today require applicants to have, at a minimum, an associate degree, if not a bachelor’s degree for entry-level employment. In addition to the bachelor’s degree being a requirement for entry-level employment in various criminal justice agencies, it is often criteria for higher skilled employment and higher pay scales. In some agencies, the bachelor’s degree can be a requirement or weighted factor in the promotion process. Promotional advancement may be attained earlier with the bachelor’s degree.

Students entering the criminal justice program should be aware that 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.

The Bachelor Degree of Science in Criminal Justice is also offered in the Intensive Format. If you have an Associate’s Degree, you may qualify to enroll in a program that will allow you to complete your Bachelor’s of Science degree within 12 to 18 months.

Student Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities for entry-level employment in policing, courts or corrections, and also to advance from entry-level employment to the supervisory and administrative levels of these career fields once they have attained the requisite entry-level experience. Policing and institutional corrections employment also will require the completion of a training academy. This degree serves as a foundation for career positions such as police officer, deputy sheriff, state highway patrol officer, court clerk, court bailiff, correctional officer, probation officer, parole officer, as well as various federal law enforcement positions. In addition to the bachelor’s degree being a requirement for entry-level employment in various criminal justice agencies, it is often criteria for higher skilled employment and higher pay scales.

Graduates of the program will:

  • 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.
  • Utilize management and leadership skills to achieve organizational objectives.
  • Communicate orally and in writing in a law enforcement environment.
  • Integrate and apply substantive knowledge and analytical skills to criminal justice operations and issues.

Disclaimer:

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.