What is Criminal Justice?
The Criminal Justice Program prepares the student for entry level work in the fields of law enforcement, corrections, court systems, loss safety and prevention, and other related occupations. The Criminal Justice vocations have evolved from jobs with minimal requirements to employment positions that require complex knowledge and skills. The Criminal Justice Program Curriculum provides the student with a foundation of theory, principles, and techniques employed by the criminal justice agencies. Graduates who complete an AAS Criminal Justice Degree may seek job opportunities on the federal, state, county, municipal levels of government, and private sectors of the criminal justice field.
Progression in the Criminal Justice program is contingent upon the achievement of a grade of C or better in each CRJ course and maintenance of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or better (on a 4.0 scale).
Graduation of an AAS Criminal Justice Degree or program certificate(s) is contingent on the completion of the approved post exit exam as identified by the Criminal Justice KCTCS Curriculum Committee. Failure to complete the identified and approved post exit exam will result in the failure to complete required Criminal Justice Program requirements (as identified by the Criminal Justice KCTCS Curriculum Committee), and graduation of the AAS Criminal Justice Degree or program certificate(s) will not be issued to the student. See program worksheet for more information.
What are my career choices?
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 option 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.
|Criminal Justice Career||Median Annual
SalaryⓘBased on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (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?
A program plan describes the degree requirements (courses) and the sequence for completing the courses. Students are required to schedule an appointment with their assigned academic advisor to ensure achievement of their academic goals.
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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.