Criminal Justice

A two-year degree program with two career goal options. Graduates from either option of this program will have fulfilled the majority of the general education requirements applicable to a four-year degree.

Option A - Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement offers the higher education needed to better meet increased demands to perform effectively in complex legal, social, political and economic situations.

  • Must be admitted as a student in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Must contact one of the Criminal Justice Program advisors to declare a major.
  • Students who have certificates in law enforcement from the ISU School of Applied Technology may transfer 12 credits of general electives into the Associate of Arts Criminal Justice degree.
  • Students who have completed the Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Academy may obtain six credits of general electives which may be applied toward the AA degree.
  • Students who do not meet the criterion above must arrange individual field internships or have their internship experience approved by the Criminal Justice Advisor.

Option B - Female Corrections

Female Corrections provides an academic background on correctional approaches for female offenders. This program is based on the premise that correctional workers should be able to provide corrective assistance in mathematics, English and various sciences in addition to fulfilling the more traditional custodial tasks.

  • Must be admitted as a student in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Requires three letters of reference.
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA.
  • Formal interview with Criminal Justice Advisors prior to the declaration of a major.
  • Students who have completed Correctional Officer Standards and Training (COST) Academy may obtain six credits of general electives which may be applied toward the AA degree.
  • Students who do not meet the criterion above must arrange individual field internships or have other internship experience approved by the Criminal Justice Advisors.

For detailed course descriptions see the undergraduate catalog

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Program Director
Teresa Casey, PhD
Office: Kegel Liberal Arts 363
Phone: (208) 282-2576
casetere@isu.edu