Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement

  • Credits: 68
  • Degree Type: A.A.S.
  • Campus: Thief River Falls

Program Description

The Criminal Justice program prepares students for careers with city, state, federal, private, and other criminal justice agencies. While the NCTC program is designed primarily for entry-level law enforcement, many students choose courses that lead to careers in other areas of the Criminal Justice system, such as public safety communications, corrections, and probation work.

While the program provides pre-employment education for students who want to enter the field of criminal justice at the end of two years with an Associate in Applied Science degree, Northland also provides an Associate of Arts degree that transfers to a four-year institution.

The Criminal Justice program is certified by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). After completing the skills training (also offered on the Northland campus) and completing a degree, students are eligible to take the state POST exam.


Graduates are finding employment with Federal Law Enforcement agencies, State Patrol, State Conservation, County Sheriffs' departments, City Police departments, Dispatchers, Correctional Officers, and Security Guards.

According to CAREERwise, the median hourly pay as a Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in the state of Minnesota is $29.78 per hour. The employment outlook through 2024 is expected to grow approximately 2.5%, a high-growth career.

Program Course Listings

View semester order by campus: Thief River Falls

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
CRJU 1102 Law Enf & Human Behavior 3
CRJU 1103 Juvenile Justice 3
CRJU 1106 Corrections/Probation 3
CRJU 1107 Law Enf & Community 3
CRJU 1126 L.E. Fitness I 1
CRJU 2126 L.E. Fitness II 1
CRJU 2200 Minnesota Statutes 3
CRJU 2206 Criminal Investigations 3
CRJU 2209 Law Enforcement Skills I 6
CRJU 2210 Criminal Procedures 3
CRJU 2219 Law Enforcement Skills II 6
HPER 2244 First Responder 3
ENGL 1111 Composition I 3
PHIL 1102 Intro to Ethics 3
PSYC 1105 Intro to Psychology 3
SOCI 1107 Intro Criminal Justice 3
  G3:Natural Sci or G4:Math 3
  G1: Communication Elec ( *See Elective Options Listed Below ) 3
  G2: Critical Think Elec ( *See Elective Options Listed Below ) 3
  MN Transfer Curriculum Electives 9

Program Elective Course Options

For this particular pathway, NCTC recommends a student explore further coursework in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum areas listed below. Need help? Schedule an appointment with a Northland Academic Advisor for assistance in selecting courses.

Course # Course Name Credits
CRJU 2295 Internship 3
G1: Communications Electives
SPCH 1101 Intro to Public Speaking 3
SPCH 1103 Interpersonal Communicati 3
G2: Critical Thinking Electives
ENGL 1112 Composition II 3
ENGL 2207 Technical Writing 3

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