Criminal Justice Degree
Criminal Justice Degree
Available at these Campuses: Chicago Bridgeview NC Online
The criminal justice system is a complex, many layered environment that can be difficult to break into even at the entry level. With so many employment requirements and heavy competition for top jobs, finding your place isn’t always easy.
That’s where a criminal justice degree can make all the difference.
The criminal justice program we offer here at Northwestern College is an Associate in Applied Science degree. By drawing from the top experts in our faculty and administrative teams, we’ve been able to devise an education program that not only looks good on paper—but also makes you a valuable part of any law enforcement team.
Criminal Justice Careers that Matter
A criminal justice degree from Northwestern College provides a solid base of education and skills development, whether you choose to enter a career in law enforcement or a related field. You’ll be placed on a path to success right from the start.
Students of our criminal justice college learn to:
- Identify potentially hazardous situations
- Promote safety awareness
- Manage crisis and conflict situations
- Work within the dynamics and culture of the legal system
- Recognize legal limitations
- Exercise discretionary authority
- Critically evaluate the legal rights of individuals
It’s up to you to decide what happens next. Because our criminal justice program is meant to provide a solid educational base, those who wish to continue on to study at a police academy or other law enforcement position may apply to do so, provided they meet the other physical and personal requirements.
Regardless of what you choose, one of the best features of our criminal justice degree is that you’ll not only meet the minimum education requirements for the Chicago Police Department and Illinois State Police—you’ll exceed them. We are also a member of the American Criminal Justice Association, Lambda Alpha Epsilon. Our chapter, Zeta Sigma Alpha, has participated in competitions at the national and regional conferences.
Criminal Justice Training that Fits Your Life
Almost as important as the training we provide is the flexibility you have to take advantage of it. Our criminal justice degree program offers some of the most options in class times and schedules. Day or evening classes, even an online degree option—all of these make it easy for you to work toward your future.
In as little as two years, you can walk away with an AAS in criminal justice that prepares and qualifies you for careers in county and local law enforcement. Your future is secure with Northwestern College—and our community will be more secure to have you in it.
Upon completion of the program, it is expected that students will be able to:
- Identify and analyze issues relative to protection of life, liberty, and property
- Understand the dynamics and cultures of working within the legal system
- Critically evaluate the legal rights of individuals, recognition of legal limitations, and use of discretionary authority
- Exhibit professional behavior and high ethical standards
- Demonstrate effective oral, written, and non-verbal communication skills as expected in criminal justice professions
As a criminal justice student, you will enjoy classes such as:
An introduction to the aspects of policing as a functional component of the criminal justice system. Students will learn law enforcement history, police practices, and related issues and concepts of contemporary law enforcement.
Crisis and Conflict Intervention
This course presents the social and psychological factors found in crisis situations such as family violence, homicide, chemical and sexual abuse, suicide, physical illness, injuries, and other forms of interpersonal conflicts and violence. Students will develop strategies for professional assessment, intervention, and follow-up in these situations.
This course covers the fundamentals and procedures of investigations, applications of deductive and inductive reasoning in the investigative process, collection, marking and preservation of evidence, and the techniques and procedures of follow-up investigations.
Accreditations and Approvals
Northwestern College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, (312) 263-0456, www.hlcommission.org.
Northwestern College is approved for veterans training under the G.I. Bill for Veterans Educational Assistance.
Making College Affordable
At Northwestern College, we help our students understand their college costs and how to pay for them. We also, understand that applying for financial aid can seem a little confusing and overwhelming, and want to make the process of applying for financial aid as easy as possible. That’s why our Financial Assistance Representatives are available to meet with you to help you understand financial aid and help you navigate through the application process.
Northwestern College participates in several different types of financial aid programs to enable our Financial Assistant Department to offer you the best possible combination of aid awards. We participate in both the Federal Student Aid Programs and Illinois State MAP Program, along with other miscellaneous financial aid programs from various sources (including Veterans Programs).
Most of our students receive some form of financial assistance. We work hard to help you find the money you need to finance your education, guiding you through the financial aid process and helping you explore different financial aid options. Grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study will assist you in paying for a college education. Read on to learn more about these opportunities.
Remember, you can always contact the Financial Assistant Department at any time and speak with one of our Financial Assistance Representatives if you have any questions regarding the financial aid process. We look forward to helping you!
Grants are need-based awards funded by the federal or state government. Grants are funds that do not require repayment. Learn More
For many students and parents, loans represents an important resource to help finance educational expenses. Northwestern College participates in the federal student loan program which allows students and their parents to borrow money to help meet their educational costs. A loan is a borrowed money that is expected to be paid back with interest. When you take out a student loan, you are making a legal obligation to repay the loan, so carefully consider the amount you borrow. Be a responsible borrower and borrow only what you need. Learn More
The internal scholarships and tuition discounts that we offer are sums of money that do not require repayment. Last year, we made more than $4 million in scholarships available to students just like you. See which ones you qualify for.
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