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Criminal Justice

Campus Location: Calmar, Peosta, Online

Program Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Award: Associate of Arts


The AA degree in Criminal Justice provides a course of study which will readily transfer to most four-year colleges and universities. College courses permit completion of the equivalent of the first two years of a bachelor’s degree at many four-year colleges. You will work toward the Criminal Justice concentration and take courses in science, communication, math, humanities, social science and required criminal justice subject areas.

The degree’s general education courses are useful to you whether you continue your formal education at a four-year college or enter the workforce. The AA in Criminal Justice is a useful beginning if you want to get a start in law enforcement, criminal and juvenile justice systems, corrections or security.

If you are planning to transfer to a four-year college, select courses that satisfy requirements of the specific institution to which you intend to transfer. Consult your advisor there anytime you have questions about course selection.

Criminal Justice

Admissions Requirements:

  • Submission of your official high school transcript with ACT score.
  • Submission of transcript from any college or university previously attended.
  • Completion of ACCUPLACER assessment if necessary.

Criminal Justice

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Credits: 65

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Completion of Associate of Arts degree requirements AND

CRJ:100 Intro to Criminal Justice 3.0
CRJ:111 Police and Society 3.0
CRJ:120 Intro to Corrections 3.0
CRJ:131 Criminal Law and Procedure 3.0
CRJ:200 Criminology OR 3.0
CRJ:124 Deviance and Crime 3.0
PHI:105 Intro to Ethics 3.0
POL:111 American National Government 3.0
PSY:111 Intro to Psychology 3.0
SOC:110 Intro to Sociology 3.0
SOC:115 Social Problems OR 3.0
PSY:112 Psychology of Human Relations 3.0
* Computer Elective 3.0
  Foreign Language (recommended) 4.0
* Technical Elective 3.0


Computer Electives: BCA:112, BCA:212
Technical Electives: CRJ:141, CRJ:201, CRJ:230, CRJ:249

Criminal Justice

Employment Information:

The AA in Criminal Justice is a useful beginning if you want to get a start in law enforcement, criminal and juvenile justice systems, corrections or security. This program also prepares you for transfer to a four-year college or university to obtain a baccalaureate degree in an area of interest such as criminal justice or sociology.

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Salary

  • $32,433 - $43,916 - Statewide: Correctional Officers & Jailers
  • $35,641 - $49,619 - Region 1: Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
  • $48,603  - $65,864 - Statewide: Probation Officers & Correctional Treatment Specialists*

*Requires continued education/bachelor's degree.

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Annual Openings (Statewide)


Employers of NICC Alumni

Anamosa State Penitentiary, Anamosa, IA
City of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA
Diamond Jo Casino, Dubuque, IA
Dubuque Community Schools, Dubuque, IA
Dubuque Police Department, Dubuque, IA
Hempstead HIgh School, Dubuque, IA
Holy Family Schools, Dubuque, IA
Loras College, Dbuque, IA
Sabula Polic Department, Sabula, IA

Sample Job Titles

Correctional Officer
Police Officer
Security Officer


Criminal Justice

Additional Information:


Douglas Binsfeld
Dean of Arts & Sciences, Peosta
800.728.7367, ext 207