Department ChairRich Keilholtz, J.D. Davis Academic Building, 250D 719-549-3426 Richard.Keilholtz@pueblocc.edu
Fremont CampusEric Ingmire 719-296-6105 Eric.Ingmire@pueblocc.edu
The Social Science -Criminal Justice department is one of the most comprehensive on campus. We offer Associate of Arts Degrees (AA) with Designation in History, Criminal Justice, and Psychology. Additionally, PCC offers a Degree with Emphasis in Social Work.
Program Start Term: Every Semester
Award: AA, AAS, AGS, CERT
Average Class Size: 17
Program Length: 4 Semesters
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Course Availability: Day, Evening, Online
Program Locations: Pueblo & Fremont
Career InformationThe criminal justice program prepares students to transfer as juniors to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Graduates can seek a career in federal, state, and local criminal justice agencies. This includes correctional institutions, juvenile corrections and varied treatment facilities, law enforcement agencies, courts, private security, and forensic investigation work.
What Will I LearnCourses in criminal justice provide an in-depth analysis of the three main components of the criminal justice system, law enforcement, the judicial system, and corrections, with special emphasis on criminology, substantive criminal law, and constitutional law. It places a strong emphasis on reading and comprehension skills, written and verbal communication skills, and empathic awareness of cultural diversity.
Our Experienced FacultyOur Full-time faculty alone have over 63 years of teaching experience.
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.
Many criminal 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.