Department ChairRich Keilholtz, J.D. Davis Academic Building, 250D 719-549-3426 Richard.Keilholtz@pueblocc.edu
The Criminal Justice Department is very proud to incorporate the teaching
expertise of experienced police, corrections, and criminal justice experts
whenever possible. These experts provide dozens of years of relevant career
experience and they assist the Department in sourcing and filling valuable
internship positions in our communities, where available.
Program Start Term: Fall, Spring
Award: AA, AGS
Program Length: 60 Credits, 4 Semesters
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Course Availability: Day, Evening, Online
Course Locations: Pueblo, Fremont, Online
Career InformationCareer paths for Criminal Justice degree holders lead to a variety of federal, state, and local criminal justice agencies. These include correctional institutions, juvenile corrections and varied treatment facilities, law enforcement agencies, courts, private security, and forensic investigation work.
For more information on the many career paths for students with a criminal justice degree, see: http://www.criminaljustice.com/careers/.
What Will I LearnThe study of Criminal Justice provides an in-depth analysis of the three main components of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, the judicial system, and corrections. The program focuses closely on criminology, substantive criminal law, and constitutional law. Criminal Justice courses place a strong emphasis on reading and comprehension skills, written and verbal communication skills, and empathic awareness of cultural diversity.
Note: This program features two completion paths, each with
Consult the Academic Catalog for full
details on these options and their course requirements.
Degree TransferThe AA degree transfers to the following Colorado Public
Four-Year institutions of higher education:
The AGS degree is designed for students who wish to
attend Colorado State University-Pueblo. This degree plan transfers directly
into CSU-P’s Sociology degree with a Criminology emphasis. It too is an
excellent choice for students considering advanced criminal justice-related
careers, but who desire to complete their bachelor’s degree locally.
Please discuss with your advisor which degree path
is better suited to you and your educational and career goals.
DisclaimerIf you have any
prior arrests and/or drug/alcohol history, you should discuss this history with
a criminal justice advisor prior to beginning courses toward this degree.
Neither PCC nor the Criminal Justice Department or advisors will be held liable
for your decision to continue in pursuit of the degree if you have such a
history. Many criminal justice employers will not hire students with a past
history of arrests or convictions regardless of typology of offense.
Your entrance into
any criminal justice course of study, or your subsequent graduation, is no
guarantee, explicit or implied, that you are employable in the criminal justice
field. Further, if you cannot be placed and/or remain in the course CRJ 280,
Cooperative Education Internship, after two good-faith attempts at placement,
neither PCC nor its employees accept responsibility in respect to your
inability to complete or meet fulfillment requirements of the degree.
justice and related agencies require certain standards prospective employees
must meet at the application stage. Job applications will ask if you have ever
been arrested for any offense, either misdemeanor or felony. If you have, your
prospective employer may deny your application. You may also be required to
take psychological tests, lie detector tests, medical tests, and physical
fitness tests to determine if you are suited to a particular position.
The Associate of Arts degree with designation in Criminal Justice is part of a statewide transfer articulation agreement. Graduates of this program will be considered a junior and are guaranteed to be eligible to complete a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree at any Colorado public four-year college or university that offers that bachelor’s degree program.