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What is Criminal Justice?

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.

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.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Advising Plans

AAS Degree

Semester One:

Class Credits
crj 100 - iNTRO TO cRIMINAL jUSTICE 3
crj 102 - Intro to Corrections OR 3
CRJ 110 - Principles of Asset Protection OR 3
crj 215 - iNTRODUCTION TO lAW eNFORCEMENT  3
eng 101 - wRITING 101 3
cit 105 - iNTRO TO cOMPUTERS 3
mat 110 or mat 116 or mat 145 3

Total: 15 credit hours

Semester Two:

Class Credits
CRJ 204 - Criminal Investigations 3
CRJ 201 OR 203 OR 208 or 210 or 220 OR 279 OR 299 3
COM 252 - Interpersonal Communications 3
ENG 102 - Writing II
HIS 108 OR 109, or ART 100, OR MUS 100 3

Total: 15 credit hours

Third Semester:

Class Credits
CRJ 216 - Criminal Law 3
CRJ 217 - Criminal Procedures 3
GLY 110 or Bio 112 3
POL 101 - American Government 3
PSY 110 - General Psychology 3

Total: 15 credit hours

Fourth Semester:

Class Credits
CRJ 202 - Issues and Ethics of CRJ 3
CRJ 201 or 203 or 208 or 210 or 220 or 279 OR 299 3
CRJ 295 - Capstone in Criminal Justice 1
SOC 101 - Intro to Sociology 3
CRJ 230 - Courtroom Procedures 3
REL 130 - Intro to Comparative Religion 3

Total: 16 credit hours

Total credits for program: 61

Semester One:

Class Credits
CRJ 100 - INTRO TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE 3
CRJ 215 - INTRODUCTION TO LAW ENFORCEMENT 3
ENG 101 - WRITING 101 3
CIT 105 - INTRO TO COMPUTERS 3
MAT 110 OR MAT 116 OR MAT 145 3

Total: 15 credit hours

Semester Two:

Class Credits
CRJ 204 - CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS 3
CRJ 201 OR 208 OR 218 OR 220 OR 279 OR 299 3
COM 252 - INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS 3
ENG 102 - WRITING II
HIS 108 OR 109, OR ART 100, OR MUS 100 3

Total: 15 credit hours

Third Semester:

Class Credits
CRJ 216 - CRIMINAL LAW 3
CRJ 217 - CRIMINAL PROCEDURES 3
GLY 110 OR BIO 112 3
POL 101 - AMERICAN GOVERNMENT 3
PSY 110 - GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY 3

Total: 15 credit hours

Fourth Semester:

Class Credits
CRJ 202 - ISSUES AND ETHICS OF CRJ 3
CRJ 201 OR 203 OR 208 OR 210 OR 220 OR 279 OR 299 3
CRJ 295 - CAPSTONE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE 1
SOC 101 - INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY 3
CRJ 230 - COURTROOM PROCEDURES 3
REL 130 - INTRO TO COMPARATIVE RELIGION 3

Total: 16 credit hours

Total credits for program: 61

Semester One:

Class Credits
CRJ 100 - INTRO TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE 3
CRJ 102 - Intro to Corrections 3
ENG 101 - WRITING 101 3
CIT 105 - INTRO TO COMPUTERS 3
MAT 110 OR MAT 116 OR MAT 145 3

Total: 15 credit hours

Semester Two:

Class Credits
CRJ 204 - CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS 3
CRJ 203 or CRJ 208 OR 299 3
COM 252 - INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS 3
ENG 102 - WRITING II
HIS 108 OR 109, OR ART 100, OR MUS 100 3

Total: 15 credit hours

Third Semester:

Class Credits
CRJ 216 - CRIMINAL LAW 3
CRJ 217 - CRIMINAL PROCEDURES 3
GLY 110 OR BIO 112 3
POL 101 - AMERICAN GOVERNMENT 3
PSY 110 - GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY 3

Total: 15 credit hours

Fourth Semester:

Class Credits
CRJ 202 - ISSUES AND ETHICS OF CRJ 3
CRJ 203 OR 208 OR 299 3
CRJ 295 - CAPSTONE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE 1
SOC 101 - INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY 3
CRJ 230 - COURTROOM PROCEDURES 3
REL 130 - INTRO TO COMPARATIVE RELIGION 3

Total: 16 credit hours

 

Total credits for program: 61

Semester One:

Class Credits
CRJ 100 - INTRO TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE 3
CRJ 110 - Principles of Asset Protection 3
ENG 101 - WRITING 101 3
CIT 105 - INTRO TO COMPUTERS 3
MAT 110 OR MAT 116 OR MAT 145 3

Total: 15 credit hours

Semester Two:

Class Credits
CRJ 204 - CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS 3
CRJ 210 - Physical Security Technology & Systems 3
COM 252 - INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS 3
ENG 102 - WRITING II
HIS 108 OR 109, OR ART 100, OR MUS 100 3

Total: 15 credit hours

Third Semester:

Class Credits
CRJ 216 - CRIMINAL LAW 3
CRJ 217 - CRIMINAL PROCEDURES 3
GLY 110 OR BIO 112 3
POL 101 - AMERICAN GOVERNMENT 3
PSY 110 - GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY 3

Total: 15 credit hours

Fourth Semester:

Class Credits
CRJ 202 - ISSUES AND ETHICS OF CRJ 3
CRJ 220 - INtro to Computer Forensics 3
CRJ 295 - CAPSTONE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE 1
SOC 101 - INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY 3
CRJ 230 - COURTROOM PROCEDURES 3
REL 130 - INTRO TO COMPARATIVE RELIGION 3

 

Total: 16 credit hours

Total credits for program: 61

  • Criminal Justice Core (15 credit hours)
  • Corrections (15 credit hours)
  • Law Enforcement (15 credit hours)
  • Security and Loss Prevention (15 credit hours)
  • Computer Forensics (23 credit hours)

Download the Criminal Justice Plan Checklist
Download the Criminal Justice Certificates Checklist
Download the Program Overview

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.

EKU   http://cjregional.eku.edu/somerset
Union http://www.unionky.edu/departments/department-social-behavioral-sciences
Cumberland  http://www.ucumberlands.edu/academics/criminal-justice/
Campbellsville https://www.campbellsville.edu/academics/programs/criminal-justice-administration/

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

Teresa Hinkle

Criminal Justice

Program Coordinator

606.878.4749

teresa.hinkle@kctcs.edu