Criminal Justice at Northwest College offers students an overview of the American criminal justice system and a survey of the theories, procedures, laws, and elements that guide our justice system. Students acquire a general knowledge of the origins and methods of the police, courts, and correctional systems in America, as well as their design structure and operation. An Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice provides a solid foundation of coursework for students interested in pursuing a baccalaureate degree in criminal justice studies, those wanting to become a practitioner within the field, or professionals already working within the field who need educational upgrading. Students must successfully complete the core courses with a “C-” or better to meet program requirements. Students planning to transfer to a four-year program may need to have additional hours beyond the program requirements of Northwest College in order to transfer in as a junior. These students should consult with their advisor and the appropriate four-year college catalog.