Whether you are an experienced officer looking to upgrade your skills, or someone looking to start a career in criminal justice, L&C’s program has a path for you.

As a Criminal Justice student, you’ll study the causes of crime, the workings of the police, courts and correctional systems, and the law in society. You’ll also share current criminal justice-related news and discuss dispute resolution, drugs and crime, child abuse and neglect, gangs, policing, crime theory and private security.

Most of these courses can be completed online.

Upon finishing the program, graduates can go right to work in law enforcement, corrections, security, etc., or pursue higher education through one of L&C’s transfer agreements at a number of different colleges & universities in Illinois and Missouri, including SIUE, Missouri Baptist, UMSL, Greenville University, and more.

Officers looking to pursue a degree or certificate to move up the ranks can earn credit for knowledge and skills earned on the job through a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) and accelerate their progress in the program. Anyone who holds an associate degree or higher may also earn an AAS in Criminal Justice in just 10 major-concentrated courses with our 30 and Out option.


  • Criminal Justice | AAS degree
  • 30 and Out option
  • Criminal Justice | Certificate of Proficiency

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*This is only meant as a guide. Please see an advisor when planning your courses.

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Transfer Agreements

  • Missouri Baptist University - Transfer Agreement for Administration of Justice
  • Eastern Illinois University - 2 + 2 Agreement for Criminal Justice AAS to Criminology and Criminal Justice B.A.
  • Lindenwood University St. Charles - Transfer Guide for St. Charles Campus in Criminal Justice
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville - 2 + 2 in Criminal Justice
  • University of Illinois Springfield - Transfer Agreement for Criminal Justice
  • University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL) - 2 + 2 in Criminal Justice for A B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • Robert Morris - Transfer Guide in Law Enforcement
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You can pursue this degree as a student of the L&C Honors College. Learn more at https://www.lc.edu/honorscollege