Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Coordinator
Burns Hall 1423
Phone: 479-619-4344


Department Secretary
Burns Hall 1429
Phone: 479-619-4149

The Coordinator for the Criminal Justice Program is Jerry Rose. Jerry has been an attorney for over thirty five years, served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arkansas, and was the City Attorney for the City of Fayetteville for almost twelve years. He teaches a variety of courses in the Criminal Justice program including Introduction to Criminal Justice and Criminology.


The adjunct faculty who teach the majority of the eighteen criminal justice courses offered at NWACC are outstanding professionals in criminal justice or related fields who bring not only academic qualifications to the classroom but years of practical experience as well. They include former and active law enforcement personnel, corporate security experts, child advocacy professionals, city and prosecuting attorneys, probation and parole officers, and forensic scientists.

Associate of Applied Science degree

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice is an instructional program that describes the theories and practices of the American criminal justice system.  It is designed to prepare students for employment and/or further education in law enforcement, corrections, the courts, probation and parole, juvenile justice, child advocacy, or private security.

The Criminal Justice program allows for the opportunity to obtain an AAS degree in Criminal Justice, as well as Certificate programs in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Prevention and Corrections, Forensic Science, and Child Advocacy Studies.  The AAS degree requires a minimum of 60 semester hours and, although it may be used as a stepping stone for students to obtain a bachelor's degree, it is designed as a terminal two year specialty degree in Criminal Justice.
Intro to Criminal Justice
Law Enforcement in Society
Criminal Law & Society
Criminal Procedures
Intro to Criminology
Criminal Investigations
Probation and Parole
Police Administration
Forensic Anthropology
Crime Scene Investigation
Fraud Examination
Crime Scene Photography
Gangs: An individual and Group Perspective
Child Abuse & Neglect: Perspective
Response to Child Maltreatment


Career Potential

There are over 18,000 criminal justice agencies in the United States employing over 2.5 million full time employees. Public and private criminal justice agencies continue to grow each year, providing job opportunities across the nation. Most state and federal positions require a bachelor's degree and it is becoming more important at county and municipal levels to have an associate's degree. Salaries tend to vary based on the type of position, geographic location, and education. Reported salaries ranged from $29,000 to $50,000 annually.  Federal and metropolitan areas tend to have higher salaries.



Career Options


Law Enforcement/ Police Officer
Probation Officer
Parole Officer
Community Correctional Worker
Crime Scene Investigation
Victim/Witness Advocate
Asset Protection
Forensic Scientist
Private Scientist
Law Enforcement Administration
Child Advocacy