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UAS Sitka's Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Law Enforcement is designed to offer you a core education of justice theory and enforcement practices, balanced with analyses of current issues and challenges, in the context of Alaskan communities and environments.

The slate of general education and law enforcement courses can be completed in as little as two years. The A.A.S. degree is suitable preparation for a wide variety of enforcement and justice jobs.

Whether you're interested in sworn police work (persons with powers to arrest and carry firearms) or a non-sworn affiliated role in the justice field, our program provides courses in:

  • Policing in communities
  • Criminal procedures
  • Criminal investigations
  • Rural Justice
  • Ethics for law enforcement, and more 

Explore more than 40 potential job titles in the enforcement and justice professions

If you're already employed in the law enforcement or justice field, consider these potential benefits following completion of an A.A.S. degree: 

  • Qualify to apply for an Intermediate Certificate through Alaska Police Standards Council
  • Qualify for a salary increase depending on your employer practices
  • Increase your qualifications and competitiveness for promotion opportunities

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

The A.A.S. in Law Enforcement requires 64 credits, 3 of which are the Practicum (JUST S294), which may be completed in the student’s home town upon approval of the practicum placement by an appropriate agency. A minimum grade of C (2.00) is required in all JUST courses.

Students must consult with a Sitka Student Success Center Advisor before registering for courses.

Minimum Credit Hours61
General Education Requirements31-32
Major Requirements33

General Education Requirements

Written Communication Skills

ENGLS111Methods of Written Communication3
ENGLS212Technical Report Writing3

Oral Communication Skills

Select two from the following (6 credits):

COMMS111Fundamentals of Oral Communication*3
COMMS237Interpersonal Communication*3
COMMS241Public Speaking*3
* Grade of C (2.00) or better

Computation Skills

Select one from the following (3-4 credits):

MATHS113Concepts and Contemporary Applications3
MATHS151College Algebra for Calculus (or higher)4
STATS107Survey of Statistics (or higher)4

Social Sciences

PSYS101Introduction to Psychology3
SOCS201Social Problems3

Fine Arts and Humanities

___S___Advisor-approved Fine Arts or Humanities GER3


___S___Advisor-approved Lab Science GER4

Major Requirements

JUSTS110Introduction to Law Enforcement3
JUSTS121Policing in the Community3
JUSTS125Introduction to Addictions3
JUSTS131Rural Justice in Alaska3
JUSTS202Criminal Investigation and Interviewing3
JUSTS212Criminal Procedures3
JUSTS222Research Methodology3
JUSTS252Criminal Law3
JUSTS261Ethics in Criminal Justice3
JUSTS294Law Enforcement Practicum3

The Associate of Applied Science in Law Enforcement requires completion of English S111 and Math S113.

Placement test scores determine where students start in Math and English courses.

We recommend you take your placement tests in advance to assess your abilities. Knowing your English and Math skill levels is an important part of selecting the right courses for your choice of study.

For detailed information on specific requirements for this program, please refer to the most current UAS academic catalog.

Law Enforcement
Sitka Campus 
1332 Seward Avenue
Sitka, Alaska

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