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Criminal Justice - NC Online

You'll exceed the minimum education requirements for the Chicago Police Department and Illinois State Police with the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice.

Combine your interest in the criminal justice system, your passion for serving your community, and making the world a better place with a degree in Criminal Justice from Northwestern College. Our Associate in Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice prepares and qualifies you for careers in county and local law enforcement.

Criminal Justice Program Overview

  • Identify potentially hazardous situations, promote safety awareness, and appropriately intervene in and manage crisis and conflict situations
  • Work within the dynamics and culture of the legal system
  • Enforce the rights of individuals, recognize legal limitations, and exercise discretionary authority
  • Exhibit professional behavior and meet high ethical standards
  • Identify issues that impact impressions of objectivity, impartiality, fairness, and justice

Usually, 12 to 14 weeks of additional training at a police academy is required for police officer and sheriff's deputy positions. Other occupations in the field may require additional training, licensing, and/or education.

Criminal Justice Program Goals

Upon completion of the program, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • Identify and analyze issues relative to protection of life, liberty, and property
  • Evaluate the dynamics and cultures of working within the legal system
  • Critically evaluate the legal rights of individuals, recognition of legal limitations, and use of discretionary authority
  • Exhibit professional behavior and high ethical standards
  • Demonstrate effective oral, written, and non-verbal communication skills as expected in criminal justice professions


Criminal Justice - NC Online: Northwestern College

Criminal Justice - NC Online - Northwestern College