Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice

General

Program Description

Criminal Justice at Northwest College offers students an overview of the American criminal justice system and a survey of the theories, procedures, laws, and elements that guide our justice system. Students acquire a general knowledge of the origins and methods of the police, courts, and correctional systems in America, as well as their design structure and operation. An Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice provides a solid foundation of coursework for students interested in pursuing a baccalaureate degree in criminal justice studies, those wanting to become a practitioner within the field, or professionals already working within the field who need educational upgrading. Students must successfully complete the core courses with a “C-” or better to meet program requirements. Students planning to transfer to a four-year program may need to have additional hours beyond the program requirements of Northwest College in order to transfer in as a junior. These students should consult with their advisor and the appropriate four-year college catalog.

Total General Education Requirements: 36-42 Credits

Two semesters of foreign language (Spanish) could satisfy both Humanities and Comparative Cultural Awareness NWC general education requirements. Students transferring to UW in Criminal Justice Studies must have two semesters of a foreign language that could be acquired at Northwest College.

Core Courses

  • CRMJ 1101 - Criminal Justice First Year Seminar (3)
  • CRMJ 2120 - Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
  • CRMJ 2210 - Criminal Law (3)
  • CRMJ 2400 - Criminology (3)
  • CRMJ 2230 - Law of Evidence (3) (Capstone Course)

Total Core Courses: 15 Credits

Core Electives

Students must complete six credits from the following list of approved courses.

  • CRMJ 1020 - Introduction to Policing (3)
  • CRMJ 2130 - Criminal Investigations (3)
  • CRMJ 2350 - Introduction to Corrections (3)

Total Core Electives: 6 Credits

General Electives

General Electives selected in consultation with advisor.

Total General Electives: 1-7 Credits

Minimum Credits for Degree = 61

Miscellaneous

Scholarships: New international students are able to apply for $500/year scholarships once they arrive on campus. Students may apply for larger scholarships their second year of attendance

Last updated Dec 2017

About the School

Northwest College opened in 1946 with nearly 100 full- and part-time students and three instructors who met in classrooms borrowed from the public school district.

Northwest College opened in 1946 with nearly 100 full- and part-time students and three instructors who met in classrooms borrowed from the public school district. Read less