Criminal Justice

About the Program

Challenging. Demanding. Exciting. Those words appropriately describe the field of law enforcement, and if it’s a field that interests you, Iowa Western's Criminal Justice program is the perfect choice. In two years, you can earn an Associate of Arts degree and become a probation officer or state trooper, or you can choose to transfer to a four-year institution to work toward a bachelor’s degree.

Iowa Western instructors have work-related experience in criminal justice, so you’ll gain first-hand knowledge of what’s involved in this field. Guest speakers and tours of correctional facilities also help prepare you for entry into law enforcement.

Day, night, and online classes are available, giving you flexibility with your personal schedule. Upon request, job placement help is offered. Who is hiring? To name a few: the Omaha Police Department, the State Patrol, the Border Patrol, U.S. Capitol Police, and private security companies.

Career Information

This program is designed for students intending to transfer on to a four-year institution upon completion of this two-year degree. However, jobs are available for students who earn an associate’s degree and want to directly enter the work force. Graduates of this program are prepared for careers such as police officers, child protective services workers, correctional specialists, drug enforcement agents, criminal justice administrators, and investigators.

Salary Information

Salary: Regional
Entry Level: $13 to $20/hour

* Salary information from the Iowa Western Program Chair.

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Length: 2 Years
Award: A.A.
Number of Majors: 275
Average Class Size: 18
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day, Evening, Online
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus,  Clarinda Center