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Criminal Justice

Serve your community while promoting public safety. Our degree and certificate programs prepare for you for police, corrections, or security careers.

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What is 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.

What are my career choices?

Careers in Criminal Justice include local or state police, vehicle enforcement, institutional corrections, correctional supervision, and court administration.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Degrees and Transfers


Other Important Information

Most potential employers will require that graduates have a criminal background check and security clearance. A felony conviction or a bad driving record could keep you from gaining employment. Also, keep in mind that some agencies will usually have physical fitness requirements.

Additional Information

Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

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.


Program Contact

Sheri Chapel

Criminal Justice

Program Coordinator