Program Details

Program specifics about earning a Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement A.A.S. Degree at Northland.

The Criminal Justice program prepares students for careers with city, state, federal, private, and other criminal justice agencies. While the Northland 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.


Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Criminal Justice program is certified by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).

Program Learner Outcomes

  1. Student will describe the various municipal, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies, and the modern principles of police organization and administration that govern them.
  2. Student will demonstrate an understanding of theory, law, policy, and practice as it relates to juvenile delinquency and deviant behavior.
  3. Student will conduct criminal investigations from the preliminary stage through disposition utilizing proper interview and interrogation techniques according to industry standards.
  4. Student will demonstrate technical skills in communication, observation, investigation, evaluation, and basic safety assistance in various law enforcement situations.
  5. Student will demonstrate tactical skills, weapon safety, defensive and arrest tactics, vehicle operation, crisis management and force options in various law enforcement scenarios.
  6. Student will write accurate and complete police reports using appropriate grammar, punctuation, and spelling according to industry standards.
  7. Student will demonstrate an understanding of the principles, authority and Constitutional limitations and laws of the federal and state governments which apply to arrest, search and seizure.

Articulation Agreements

Additional Program Resources

  • 2018-19 Criminal Justice-AS
  • 2017-18 Criminal Justice-AS
  • 2011-17 Criminal Justice-AS
  • 2010-11 Criminal Justice-AS — May
  • 2010-11 Criminal Justice-AS — Feb