Associate of Applied Science
in Criminal Justice

The Associate of Applied Science degree program in Criminal Justice is a great fit for students preparing for employment in many municipal, state and private police agencies as well as those considering employment in local, state, federal, and private correctional facilities. While the Associate degree may be a stepping stone for those students who plan to go on for a bachelor's degree, it is designed as a standalone two year terminal degree program. The objective of the degree program is to provide students with an understanding of the process by which justice is distributed in our society, the function and operation of the criminal justice system (law enforcement, criminal courts and corrections) role of individuals in the allocation of justice.

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice has four tracks:

  • law enforcement
  • prevention and corrections
  • forensic sciences 
  • child advocacy

You may choose one of the four tracks as an area of emphasis by selecting the appropriate certificate.

Criminal Justice Institute
Under a Memorandum of Understanding, active duty law enforcement personnel may obtain Certificates and/or an AAS degree in Crime Scene Investigation or Law Enforcement Administration by obtaining Criminal Justice hours through the Criminal Justice Institute and general education hours through NorthWest Arkansas Community College.

Formats and Locations
Due to the nature of this program, classes are offered only in a face-to-face setting at NWACC's campus in Bentonville.  Some classes may be offered online.


For more information regarding the Criminal Justice program, contact Jerry Rose at 479.619.4344 or jrose@nwacc.edu