What is Criminal Justice?
This program prepares the student for entry into the field of police work and related occupations. Criminal justice vocations have evolved from jobs with minimal requirements to jobs requiring complex knowledge and skills. This curriculum gives the student theory, principles, and techniques employed by criminal justice agencies and police units. The study of the law as it relates to criminal justice agencies, human behavior, government, and communications along with specialized course work comprise the curriculum. Graduates from the AAS in Criminal Justice program may seek job opportunities on the federal, state, county, and municipal levels.
With experience, the CJ graduate may move into administrative or supervisory positions in corrections, security and/or law enforcement.
The Computer Forensics certificate develops skills and techniques needed to adequately gather computer forensics information during a criminal investigation and follow chain of custody procedures to insure a successful prosecution.
For additional information please visit our Program Information Sheet.
What are my career choices?
Our Criminal Justice program will prepare you to perform traffic enforcement and 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. There are career opportunities at municipal, county, state, and federal levels of government as a police officer, criminal investigator, court administrator, corrections, parole, or probation officer, security investigator.
|Criminal Justice Career||Median Annual Salary
ⓘ Based on research conducted by KCEWS in 2016 for the state of Kentucky
|Criminal Justice Core||$30,280|
|Security and Loss Prevention||$37,182|
|Advanced Law Enforcement||$52,649|
|Criminal Justice- Criminal Justice Track||$43,866|
|Criminal Justice- Corrections Track||$40,300|
|Criminal Justice- Law Enforcement Track||$62,181|
|Criminal Justice - Security and Loss Prevention Track||$37,182|
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
Degrees and Transfers
- Corrections Track
- Criminal Justice Track
- Law Enforcement Track
- Security and Loss Prevention Track
- Computer Forensics
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.