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About the Program

This Associate in Science degree provides you with a broad-based liberal arts education to help prepare you for the rigors of the criminal justice profession and advancement of knowledge of the criminal justice system. Program curriculum includes criminal law and procedure, policing, investigation, corrections and juvenile justice. Each course is designed to illustrate the social, legal and ethical issues relevant to the criminal justice profession today. Completion of this Associate in Science degree provides a foundation allowing you to transfer to a four-year academic institution. We also offer certificates in focused areas of the Criminal Justice profession. Students will: 

  • Serve your community as a professional in criminal law, homeland security, corrections, and counter terrorism
  • Apply forensic investigative techniques to process crime scenes, collect evidence, and interrogate suspects
  • Analyze the causes and effects of criminal behavior and delinquency

You are required to complete 80 hours of criminal justice related service learning to complete the AS degree. This requirement will be met upon completion of CJS 2081 & CJS 2085 with a grade of C or higher. You are advised not to enroll in both classes during the same semester.

Century College and Metropolitan State University have partnered to offer a bachelor’s of arts degree in Criminal Justice. This cohort program is a major and degree completion program for Century College students who have been awarded an Associate’s degree in Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice and are ready to earn a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Major courses are offered on the Century College campus evenings or online. For more information, view Metro State Criminal Justice BA Cohort.

Testimonials

Nate Kruckeberg
Nate Kruckeberg - Criminal Justice Alum

"Being at Century College was transformational to me. I love Century with a passion.”

Planning for Your Program

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Potential Job Titles

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  • Corrections Officers
  • Detectives & Criminal Investigators

Salary Data

Corrections Officers
Average Wage: $24.08/hour
Top Earners: $30.11/hour

Detectives & Criminal Investigators
Average Wage: $37.53/hour
Top Earners: $62.61/hour

Information gathered pertains to seven county metro area - careerwise.minnstate.edu