Criminal Justice

Criminal Investigator median salary for 2016 in kentucky is $41,704. Employment numbers in kentucky were 700


Program Advisors

 Advising Plans
Criminal Justice with Tracks (61 credit hours)
Criminal Justice Track
Law Enforcement Track
Corrections Track
Security and Loss Prevention Track
Criminal Justice Core
(15 credit hours)
Corrections (15 credit hours)
Law Enforcement
(15 credit hours)

Security and Loss Prevention
(15 credit hours)

Computer Forensics (21 credit hours)

Brandi Copenhaver, Associate Professor/Program Coordinator
(606) 451-6762

Teresa Hinkle, Instructor
(606) 878-4749


Program offered online with some classes available in-person. Please contact the program coordinator for more information.

Program Details

The criminal justice system has evolved greatly in recent years. No longer can applicants with minimal job skills expect to be hired. Today’s successful candidates must understand and demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the profession and pass measurable performance standards. Students in the Somerset Community College Criminal Justice program receive this advanced instruction as part of their required course work.

The Criminal Justice (CRJ) degree curriculum offers students a strong academic program which includes courses relating to human behavior, government, communications, theories in policing, corrections, and issues and ethical considerations pertaining to practitioners within the criminal justice system.

Graduates of the program will be qualified to seek job opportunities at the municipal, county, state, and federal levels. Those completing the degree requirements are not restricted to government work. Many industries and other private companies now employ qualified professionals who are skilled in security and loss prevention.

Download available Pathway Tracks (pdf)
Download Program Overview (pdf)
To learn how to apply, see the Admissions Checklist

Transfer Opportunities

Thinking about transferring after you get your degree here at SCC? Check out the partnerships we have with the colleges below for Criminal Justice.



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