Department of Behavioral Sciences

Associate of Science in Criminal Justice

The Associate of Science degree program in criminal justice is designed primarily for students interested in police work at levels other than Federal. This degree will provide the basic, foundational, knowledge to supplement the police academy experience.

Completion of the requirement for the associate’s degree will provide the necessary background for those continuing study towards a bachelor’s degree. To qualify for the Associate of Arts in criminal justice, the student must satisfy the associate degree requirements, see "General Education Requirements" of this catalog and complete the following curriculum:


The matrix below is a sample plan for all coursework required for this program.

 1See "General Education Requirements".

MOU Between ATU and NSU

Arkansas Tech University (ATU) and Northwestern State University (NSU) have agreed to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding for a 2+2 program between the two institutions. The 2+2 program will allow students to complete the Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice at ATU and transfer in to the Bachelor of Art Degree in Criminal Justice at NSU. More information may be obtained from the Department of Behavioral Sciences.