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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    Century College can be extremely affordable through financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

    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.

    Century College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Our programs qualify for federal financial aid including Pell Grants, Federal Direct Loans, and others.

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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