Criminal Justice

In the Criminal Justice program, you will take in-depth criminal justice and law enforcement courses as well as writing, psychology, communications, government, sociology, and other courses to assist you on the job. When you have completed your degree, you will understand the theory, principles, and techniques used by police, court administrators, institutional corrections officers, and community supervision officers. You will know how to perform traffic enforcement, criminal investigations, follow due process and procedures, collect and preserve evidence, arrest and prosecute violators of the law, and supervise professionals in criminal justice fields. This program also provides you a foundation for a pre-law degree.

Available Credentials

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)


For definitions of AAS and Certificates.


Employment Opportunities

Careers in Criminal Justice include local or state police, vehicle enforcement, institutional corrections, correctional supervision, and court administration. Get an associate degree in Criminal Justice or an associate degree with a Law Enforcement track and you can expect starting salaries, depending on the area, ranging from the upper $20,000 to low $30,000 range plus additional benefits such as a vehicle, health and life insurance, needed equipment and an excellent retirement package.

Admission Requirements

This program has no special admission requirements. Please consult HCC's general admission requirements.

Length of Program

If taken fulltime, the AAS degree in Criminal Justice should take you two years to complete.

Opportunities for More Education

You can transfer your two-year degree to other institutions to then receive a bachelor's degree:

  • Austin Peay State University (APSU)


Greg Bridgeman, Program Coordinator
Office: Hopkinsville Campus, Academic Building 113
Phone: (270) 707-3904

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.