Criminal Justice, AAS

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

  • 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
First Year
Fall Semester
First Semester Total: 16
Spring Semester
Second Semester Total: 16
Second Year
Fall Semester
First Semester Total: 16
Spring Semester
Second Semester Total: 15
Total Credits: 63
+ Indicates courses that must be taken concurrently. RIndicates Related Instruction requirement. * Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed. Check course description.  
Recommended Course Offering:
Students receiving financial aid or veteran's benefits should check with the Financial Aid Office before registering for recommended courses.  
Program Information
  • An internship is optional for this program. Students must apply for internship placements for this program the prior semester. See for more information and application deadlines.
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.
Advising Information:
For more information about this program, contact an advisor.
Academic Advisor Faculty Advisor
Jori Bullemer Mike Skinner, M.S.
LRC 129 BSS 128
(406) 756-3905 (406) 756-3870

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