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2024-2025 WNCC College Catalog 
2024-2025 WNCC College Catalog

Criminal Justice, AAS

Location(s): Alliance, Scottsbluff, Sidney

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The program in criminal justice provides a broad academic and multi-disciplinary foundation to prepare students for professional careers in law enforcement, the court system, corrections, and victim advocacy, as well as advanced academic studies.

Program Outcomes

At the conclusion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Correctly define, identify, and explain criminal justice terminology.
  • Analyze interaction between the three components of the criminal justice system.
  • Develop an increased awareness of victims’ rights and issues.
  • Be prepared to contribute to the field of criminal justice.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills with other criminal justice professionals.
  • Demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of criminological theory.
  • Be prepared to transfer to a four-year criminal justice program.


  • The field of criminal justice is experiencing growth that requires well-trained employees in law enforcement and corrections.
  • Internships with various organizations are available for advanced students in criminal justice.
  • Individuals considering a degree or employment in the criminal justice profession must be aware of strict qualifications.
  • With an advisor’s permission, students may substitute a criminal justice course(s) for social science course(s) beyond the courses required for the AA or AAS degree.
  • Students who are already certified law enforcement at the time of their enrollment at WNCC may be awarded the following credits upon certification verification and active enrollment:

Associate of Applied Science

AAS.4301A (60-62 credits)

A sample course of study is provided. Students should work closely with their faculty advisor to develop a personal plan of study best suited to their educational goals.

Program Requirements

AAS General Education Core: 15-17 Credits

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  • Written Communication Credits: 3 *
  • Oral Communication Credits: 3
  • Quantitative Reasoning Credits: 3-4 *
  • Social or Lab Science Credits: 3-4
  • Personal Development Credits: 3

*Written Communication and Quantitative Reasoning course selections are dependent on writing and math proficiency based on assessment. Students should consult with their academic advisor about specific general education courses required.

Note: Some general education requirements may be satisfied by program requirements. Please consult with an advisor for details.

Total AAS Requirements: 60-62 Credits

Recommended Plan of Study

1st Semester

Total Semester Credits: 15

2nd Semester

Total Semester Credits: 15-16

3rd Semester

Total Semester Credits: 15-16

4th Semester

Total Semester Credits: 15

Total AAS Credits: 60-62

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