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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?

AAS Degree Tracks

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

Certificates

Criminal Justice Core Certificate
Class Credit
Hours
CRJ 100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 202 - Issues and Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 204 - Criminal Investigations 3
CRJ 216 - Criminal Law 3
CRJ 217 - Criminal Procedures 3
CRJ Elective - Criminal Justice Elective 3
Total 18
Corrections Certificate
Class Credit
Hours
CRJ 102 - Introduction to Corrections 3
CRJ 100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 202 - Issues and Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
CRJ Elective 3
CRJ Elective  3
CRJ Elective  3
Total 18
Law Enforcement Certificate
Class Credit
Hours
CRJ 215 - Introduction to Law Enforcement 3
CRJ 100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 202 - Issue and Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 204 - Criminal Investigation 3
CRJ Elective 3
CRJ Elective 3
Total 18
Security and Loss Prevention Certificate
Class Credit
Hours
CRJ 110 - Principles of Asset Protection 3
CRJ 100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 210 - Physical Security Technology & Systems 3
CRJ 211 - Liability and Legal Issues 3
CRJ 240 - Introduction to Corporate Security 3
CRJ 220 - Introduction to Computer Forensics 3
Total 18

Designed for students that have complete additional professional hours at an accredited law enforcement academy.

Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate
Class Credit
Hours
CRJ 107 - Introduction to Firearms 3
CRJ 108 - Advanced Firearms and Less Than Lethal Weapons 3
CRJ 204 - Criminal Investigation 3
CRJ 215 - Introduction to Law Enforcement 3
CRJ 219 - Police Recruit Defensive Tactics 4
CRJ 224 - Basic Traffic Collision Investigation 4
CRJ 225 - Driving and Traffic Enforcement for Law Enforcement 4
Total 23
Computer Forensics Certificate
Class Credit
Hours 
CRJ 100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice OR 3
CRJ 204 - Criminal Investigation (3)
CRJ 220 - Introduction to Computer Forensics for Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 230 - Criminal Justice Courtroom Procedures 3
CIT 105 - Introduction to Computers 3
CIT 111 - Computer Hardware & Software 4
CIT 160 - Introduction to Networking Concepts OR 4
CIT 161 - Network Fundamentals (4)
CIT 180 - Security Fundamentals 3
Total 23
Criminal Behavior Certificate
Class Credit
Hours
CRJ  100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJ  277 - Introduction to Criminology 3
CRJ  280 - Drugs, Crime, and Society 3
CRJ 296 - Criminal Psychology 3
PSY 110 - General Psychology 3
PSY 250 - Forensic Psychology 3
Total 18
Community Reentry Specialist Certificate
Class Credit
Hours
CRJ  100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJ  202 - Issues and Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
CRJ  208 - Delinquency and the Juvenile Justice System 3
CRJ 278 - Victimology 3
CRJ 255 - Correctional Intervention Strategies 3
HMS 210 - Drugs, Society, and Human Behavior 3
Total 18
Advanced Technologies in Criminal Justice Certificate
Class Credit
Hours
CRJ 228 - Unmanned CRJ Technology Applications 3
CRJ 217 - Criminal Procedures 3
CRJ 204 - Criminal Investigations 3
CRJ 220 - Computer Forensics 3
CRJ 201 - Criminalistics 3
CIT 105 - Introduction to Computers 3
Total 18
Safety and Security Certificate
Class Credit
Hours

ISX 100 - Industrial Safety

3

ISX 101 - Introduction to Industrial Safety

3

CRJ 110 - Principles of Asset Protection

3

CRJ 210 - Physical Security Technology and Systems

3

CRJ  211 - Legal and Liability Issues (OR)

(3)

CRJ  245 - Introduction to Business and Industrial Fraud

(3)

CRJ  240 - Introduction to Corporate and Industrial Security

3

Total

18

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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