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Criminal Justice

Police Officers

Earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Criminal Justice in as little as two years and be ready for a job in law enforcement, security or corrections. 

NWACC's Criminal Justice program provides you with knowledge of the criminal justice system and the various agencies and processes established by government to control crime and impose penalties on those who violate laws. As a program participant, you'll also be able to take advantage of internship opportunities to gain further hands-on experience in the field.

AAS specialization options:

  • Crime Prevention and Corrections
  • Forensic Science
  • Justice Studies
  • Law Enforcement
  • Child Advocacy 

Employment opportunities exist in a variety of local, state and federal law enforcement, corrections and security fields.

Academic Paths

NWACC offers a certificate of proficiency, a technical certificate and an AAS in criminal justice for those who want to quickly enter the workforce. If you'd rather pursue a four-year degree, you can choose from NWACC's transfer plans with partnering institutions. Email to learn more.

Feel free to view the academic paths below to see which courses are required to earn a certificate or degree.

View the courses required to obtain a Certificate of Proficiency in Criminal Justice. You must take these classes before moving on to earning the technical certificate.

View the courses required to obtain a Technical Certificate in Criminal Justice.

View the AAS in Criminal Justice degree plan to see the courses required.