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.

Cost & Financial Aid

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    As a two-year public community and technical college, Century College receives funding from the State of Minnesota, keeping tuition rates significantly lower than private colleges and universities. With affordable tuition rates and financial aid and scholarship opportunities, our students avoid student loan debt.

    Financial Aid

    Century College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and our programs quality for financial aid including grants, loans, and college work-study. Eligibility for financial aid is determined annually based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Century College's Federal School Code is 010546.

    Scholarship Opportunities

    Each year, the Century College Foundation awards more than $300,000 in scholarships to our students. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

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Nate Kruckeberg
Nate Kruckeberg - Criminal Justice Alum

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


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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