Criminal Justice A.A.S. Degree

Criminal Justice A.A.S. Degree

Career Description

A criminal justice degree is part of the Professional Peace Officer Education Program requirement for Minnesota Peace Officer licensing standards. All course work is certified by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training and meets the Board’s learning objectives. The degree applies for those interested in other areas of the justice system.

Program Information

Finish your Criminal Justice A.A.S. Degree in just two years with these challenging, hands-on courses. Students will get a first-hand look into the current industry technologies, methods and law enforcement practices. A fleet of new, state-of-the-art squad cars gives students a driver’s seat view into law enforcement. Because of a close partnership between area law enforcement and the college, students have a wide selection of choices for internships. With this A.A.S degree, you can pursue law enforcement careers in areas such as police officer, deputy, state patrol, conservation officer, or corrections officer.

Program Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of structure, process and relationships between law enforcement, the courts and correctional systems;
  • Apply tactical skills, weapon safety, defense and arrest tactics, vehicle operation, crisis management and force options;
  • Process crime scenes from preliminary stage through disposition;
  • Function in a multicultural society as a mature, adaptable citizen, while meeting the needs and challenges of clients and communities;
  • Interpret and apply theory, law, policy and practice as it relates to juvenile delinquency and deviant behavior;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the roles of the legislative, judicial and executive branches and how they relate to criminal law;
  • Apply knowledge of criminal law, constitutional law and Minnesota traffic code;
  • Demonstrate strong and effective written and oral communication skills;
  • Understand the importance of ethics and ethical behavior in law enforcement.

Special Program Requirements

In addition to the program requirements, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:

  1. Students must achieve a grade of “C” or higher in all courses required in the program;
  2. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0;
  3. College Technical Core GPA Requirement: cumulative GPA of credits attempted and completed towards the technical core of the diploma or degree must be at least 2.0;
  4. Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% of their credits at Central Lakes College;
  5. Courses required for Minnesota P.O.S.T. licensing must be completed within three (3) years of starting the certificate;
  6. Students must have a valid Emergency Medical Responder certification (or higher) at the time of the Post Board Exam.


  • Students must complete and pass a background check and Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) with a psychologist approved by the Program Coordinator prior to being officially admitted into the program. The background check and MMPI will be completed during the first week of classes.

Please see the Criminal Justice Coordinator for further information.

Transfer Opportunities

Central Lakes College has an Articulation Agreement with St. Cloud State University for transfer of Criminal Justice courses. Other colleges and universities conduct a student-by-student evaluation regarding transfer of courses and degree.

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Program Course Requirements

CRJU 1101  Criminal Justice, 3 cr
CRJU 1104  Juvenile Justice, 3 cr
CRJU 2101** Criminal Law, 3 cr
CRJU 2102* Criminal Procedures, 4 cr
CRJU 2108  Criminal Investigations, 3 cr
CRJU 2114** Traffic Law, 3 cr
CRJU 2124  General Evidence and Identification Preparation, 4 cr
CRJU 2126 Racial and Ethnic Awareness for Law Enforcement, 4 cr
CRJU 2140  Law Enforcement & Behavioral Science, 3 cr

Law Enforcement Pathway
Students must choose a minimum of 26 credits from the following list:
CRJU 1106  Corrections & Probation, 3 cr
CRJU 1109  Report Writing, 3 cr
CRJU 1112  Police and the Community, 3 cr
CRJU 2106**  Fitness for Law Enforcement, 2 cr
CRJU 2116* Science of Fingerprints, 4 cr
CRJU 2118  Criminal Justice Photography, 4 cr
CRJU 2135  Internship, 4-8 cr
CRJU 2160  Use of Force, 2 cr
CRJU 2162  Firearms, 3 cr
CRJU 2164  Patrol Practicals, 5 cr
CRJU 2166  Tactical Communications/Relations, 2 cr
CRJU 2311  Basic Firearms, 1 cr
CRJU 2315  Post Prep, 1 cr

Criminal Justice Pathway
Students must choose a minimum of 30 credits from the following list:
CRJU 1106  Corrections & Probation, 3 cr
CRJU 1108  Community Corrections, 3 cr
CRJU 1109  Report Writing, 3 cr
CRJU 1112  Police and the Community, 3 cr
CRJU 1125  Personal Protection Awareness, 2 cr
CRJU 2106** Fitness for Law Enforcement, 2 cr
CRJU 2112  Ballistic and Firearms Identification, 4 cr
CRJU 2116* Science of Fingerprints, 4 cr
CRJU 2118 Criminal Justice Photography, 4 crCRJU 2135 Internship, 4-8 cr
CRJU 2311 Basic Firearms, 1 cr
CRJU 2315 Post Prep, 1 cr
CRJU 1125 Personal Protection Awareness, 2 cr

COMM 2420  Intercultural Communications, 3 cr
ENGL 1410  Composition I, 4 cr
PSYC 2441   Social Psychology, 3 cr
SOCL 2405  Criminology, 3 cr
SOCL 2481  Race, Ethnicity & Oppression, 3 cr

*These courses required for Minnesota P.O.S.T. licensing must be completed within 3 years of starting the degree.
**These courses must be completed prior to or within the first semester of SKILLS.

Program Instructors

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