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2016-2017 Academic Catalog 
2016-2017 Academic Catalog Archived Catalog

Criminal Justice, AAS

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This program provides a well-rounded general education in criminal justice. The curriculum is designed to assist students in preparation for entry-level positions in the criminal justice field. Upon completion of this program, students will:

  • Define, describe and analyze the various components of the criminal justice system including the courts, law enforcement and corrections;
  • Describe, discuss and identify various causes of crime;
  • Critically examine various sources of crime data and patterns;
  • Describe and assess multicultural communities; and
  • Evaluate, plan and formulate the most effective law enforcement actions to reduce crime.

Required Courses

Total Credits: 64

+ Indicates courses that must be taken concurrently.
* Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed.  Check course description.

Program Information

  • Students enrolled in this program may participate in a Service Learning opportunity, which could qualify them to be eligible to receive an education award. For more information, contact the Service Learning office at (406) 756-3908.
  • An internship is optional for this program. Students must apply for internship placements for this program the prior semester. See Internships  for more information and application deadlines.
  • .22-caliber handgun is required for ACT 285 * (optional course).

Opportunities after Graduation

  • Criminal Justice graduates work as bailiffs, security guards, investigators, border patrol agents, and in positions in law enforcement and corrections. Job opportunities in the criminal justice field are greater in Montana compared to the national average.


Michael Skinner
BSS 128
(406) 756-3870

For general information, contact the Admissions Office: (406) 756-3847.

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