Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement

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

Program Overview

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 of 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 Courses

View semester schedule by campus: Thief River Falls

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
CRJU 1104 Juvenile Justice & Delinq 3 credits
CRJU 1109 Behavioral Sciences 3 credits
CRJU 2201 Criminal Law 3 credits
CRJU 2202 Criminal Procedures 3 credits
CRJU 2208 Criminal Investigations 3 credits
CRJU 2215 Traffic Law 2 credits
CRJU 2221 Law Enforcement Skills I 6 credits
CRJU 2223 Law Enforcement Skills II 6 credits
HPER 2244 First Responder 3 credits
SOCI 1106 Intro Criminal Justice 3 credits
ENGL 1111 Composition I 3 credits
  G1: Communications Elec 3 credits
  G6: Human/Fine Arts Elec 3 credits
  MNTC Goal 7, 8, 9, 10 3 credits
  G3:Natural Sci or G4:Math 3 credits
  G2: Critical Think Elec ( *See Elective Options Listed Below ) 3 credits
  MN Transfer Curriculum Electives 9 credits
  Area of Interest Electives ( *See Elective Course Options Listed Below ) 6 credits

Area of Interest 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 1106 Corrections/Probation 3 credits
CRJU 1117 Special Topics 3 credits
CRJU 2235 Internship (4-8 cr) 4 credits
HPER 1125 Fitness & Conditioning 1 credits
G2: Critical Thinking Electives
ENGL 1112 Composition II 3 credits
ENGL 2207 Technical Writing 3 credits

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