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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?

This program prepares the student for entry into the field of police work and related occupations. Law Enforcement 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 police officers, sheriffs,criminal investigators,corrections officers, corporate security officersand other criminal justice workers.The study of law as it relates to government and communications along with specialized course work, comprise the curriculum. Graduates may seek job opportunities on the local, state and federal levels. Also, many industries and private firms employ technicians skilled in security and protection.

What are my career choices?

This program awards an AAS Degree in Criminal Justice, with options in Law Enforcement, Corrections, Security and Criminal Justice. A student can meet requirements in more than one option. The program also awards certificates in specialized skills.

Many Criminal Justice agencies do not require any degrees beyond the AAS degree. The student can pursue employment or start work on a four year degree. There are job opportunities at the local, state and federal levels. The Security/Protection field is the fastest growing occupation in the U.S.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?


  • Associate in Applied Science - Correction Option
  • Associate in Applied Science - Criminal Justice Option
  • Associate in Applied Science - Law Enforcement Option
  • Associate in Applied Science - Security & Loss Prevention Option


  • Computer Forensic Technology
  • Law Enforcement
  • Security & Loss Prevention
  • Corrections
  • Criminal Justice

Additional Information

Criminal Justice Core: 15 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Security and Loss Prevention: 15 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Corrections: 15 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Advanced Law Enforcement: 23 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Computer Forensics: 23 Total credit hours
Criminal Justice- Criminal Justice Track: 61 - 64 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Criminal Justice- Corrections Track: 61 - 64 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Criminal Justice- Law Enforcement Track: 61 - 64 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Criminal Justice - Security and Loss Prevention Track: 61 -64 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

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.

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Program Contact

Beverly Sharp

Criminal Justice

Program Coordinator