Criminal Justice

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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:

CRJ 100 - Intro to Criminal Justice | 3 credit hours


CRJ 102 - Intro to Corrections | 3 credit hours
OR
CRJ 110 - Principles of Asset Protection | 3 credit hours
OR
CRJ 215 - Introduction to Law Enforcement | 3 credit hours


ENG 101 - Writing 101 | 3 credit hours
CIT 105 - Intro to Computers | 3 credit hours
MAT 110 or MAT 116 or MAT 145 

Total: 15 credit hours

Semester Two:

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

Total: 15 credit hours

Third Semester:

CRJ 216 - Criminal Law | 3 credit hours
CRJ 217 - Criminal Procedures | 3 credit hours
GLY 110 or BIO 112 | 3 credit hours
POL 101 - American Government | 3 credit hours
PSY 110 - General Psychology | 4 credit hours

Total: 15 credit hours

Fourth Semester:

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

Total: 16 credit hours

 

Total credits for program: 61

Semester One:

CRJ 100 - Intro to Criminal Justice | 3 credit hours
CRJ 215 - Introduction to Law Enforcement | 3 credit hours
ENG 101 - Writing 101 | 3 credit hours
CIT 105 - Intro to Computers | 3 credit hours
MAT 110 or MAT 116 or MAT 145 

Total: 15 credit hours

Semester Two:

CRJ 204 - Criminal Investigations | 3 credit hours
CRJ 201 or 208 or 218 or 220 or 279 | 3 credit hours
COM 252 - Interpersonal Communications | 3 credit hours
ENG 102 - Writing II
HIS 108 or 109or ART 100or MUS 100 | 3 credit hours

Total: 15 credit hours

Third Semester:

CRJ 216 - Criminal Law | 3 credit hours
CRJ 217 - Criminal Procedures | 3 credit hours
GLY 110 or BIO 112 | 3 credit hours
POL 101 - American Government | 3 credit hours
PSY 110 - General Psychology | 4 credit hours

Total: 15 credit hours

Fourth Semester:

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

Total: 16 credit hours

 

Total credits for program: 61

Semester One:

CRJ 100 - Intro to Criminal Justice | 3 credit hours
CRJ 102 - Intro to Corrections | 3 credit hours
ENG 101 - Writing 101 | 3 credit hours
CIT 105 - Intro to Computers | 3 credit hours
MAT 110 or MAT 116 or MAT 145 

Total: 15 credit hours

Semester Two:

CRJ 204 - Criminal Investigations | 3 credit hours
CRJ 203 or CRJ 208 | 3 credit hours
COM 252 - Interpersonal Communications | 3 credit hours
ENG 102 - Writing II
HIS 108 or 109, or ART 100, or MUS 100 | 3 credit hours

Total: 15 credit hours

Third Semester:

CRJ 216 - Criminal Law | 3 credit hours
CRJ 217 - Criminal Procedures | 3 credit hours
GLY 110 or BIO 112 | 3 credit hours
POL 101 - American Government | 3 credit hours
PSY 110 - General Psychology | 4 credit hours

Total: 15 credit hours

Fourth Semester:

CRJ 202 - Issues and Ethics of CRJ | 3 credit hours
CRJ 203 or 208 | 3 credit hours
CRJ 295 - Capstone in Criminal Justice | 1 credit hours
SOC 101 - Intro to Sociology | 3 credit hours
CRJ 230 - Courtroom Procedures | 3 credit hours
REL 130 - Intro to Comparative Religion | 3 credit hours

Total: 16 credit hours

 

Total credits for program: 61

Semester One:

CRJ 100 - Intro to Criminal Justice | 3 credit hours
CRJ 110 - Principles of Asset Protection | 3 credit hours
ENG 101 - Writing 101 | 3 credit hours
CIT 105 - Intro to Computers | 3 credit hours
MAT 110 or MAT 116 or MAT 145 

Total: 15 credit hours

Semester Two:

CRJ 204 - Criminal Investigations | 3 credit hours
CRJ 210 - Physical Security Technology & Systems | 3 credit hours
COM 252 - Interpersonal Communications | 3 credit hours
ENG 102 - Writing II
HIS 108 or 109, or ART 100, or MUS 100 | 3 credit hours

Total: 15 credit hours

Third Semester:

CRJ 216 - Criminal Law | 3 credit hours
CRJ 217 - Criminal Procedures | 3 credit hours
GLY 110 or BIO 112 | 3 credit hours
POL 101 - American Government | 3 credit hours
PSY 110 - General Psychology | 4 credit hours

Total: 15 credit hours

Fourth Semester:

CRJ 220 - Intro to Computer Forensics | 3 credit hours
CRJ 202 - Issues and Ethics | 3 credit hours
CRJ 295 - Capstone in Criminal Justice | 1 credit hours
SOC 101 - Intro to Sociology | 3 credit hours
CRJ 230 - Courtroom Procedures | 3 credit hours
REL 130 - Intro to Comparative Religion | 3 credit hours

Total: 16 credit hours

 

Total credits for program: 61

Certificates

  • 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

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.

Gainful Employment Information

 

Program Contact

Brandi Thomas
Criminal Justice
Professor/Program Coordinator
606.451.6762
brandi.copenhaver@kctcs.edu

Teresa Hinkle
Criminal Justice
Assistant Professor
606.878.4749
teresa.hinkle@kctcs.edu