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Associates Of Arts In Criminal Justice

Program Details

Bismarck State College offers an Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. This program prepares students to transfer into a four-year school by providing a basic understanding of criminal justice. Concentration options include law enforcement, courts, corrections and security. This program will provide students with knowledge of various structures and systems within the criminal justice field. Students will also take sociology and psychology courses to aid in their understanding of human behavior.

Students who are considering applying for this major should possess excellent self-esteem, initiative, discretion, curiosity, objectivity, communication skill, ability to handle stress, and desire to interact with people in good and bad situations. They should also be aware that many employment opportunities within this field will require extensive background checks include drug screening, polygraph testing, and physical and psychological examination.

This program is comprised of 60 credit hours and is designed to be completed in two years. Students will take required criminal justice courses as well as general education courses. Faculty members will use an interactive approach to learning to help all students develop critical thinking and decision-making skills. There are often guest speakers who are experts in their field who will come to classes and share their experiences.

Completion of the program will prepare students for entry into a four-year institution or the job force. Possible career opportunities include Police Officer, Corrections Officer, Detective,Security Officer, Youth Bureau Officer, Narcotics Investigator, Parole/Probation Officer, County Sheriff, Highway Patrolman, Industrial Security Chief.


Requires from 60-61 credits for completion. Application requirements: official transcripts.

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission