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  • Criminal Justice
  • Contact Us

    Department Chair
    Rich Keilholtz, J.D.
    Davis Academic Building, 250D

    Fremont Campus
    Eric Ingmire

  • Did You Know?

    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.

  • Fast Facts

    Program Start Term: Fall, Spring

    Award: AA, AGS, CERT

    Program Length: 9-60 Credits, 1-4 Semesters

    Part-Time or Full-Time: Both

    Course Availability: Day, Evening, Online

    Course Locations: Pueblo, Fremont, Online

  • Career Information
    Career 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 Learn
      The 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 different awards:


      1. Students pursuing the AA degree in Criminal Justice must complete 36 credits of General Education requirements and 24 credits of core and elective courses.

      2. Students pursuing the AGS degree in Criminal Justice must complete 39 credits of General Education requirements and 21 credits of core requirements.


      Consult the Academic Catalog for full details on these options and their course requirements.

      Degree Transfer
      The AA degree transfers to the following Colorado Public Four-Year institutions of higher education:


      • University of Colorado, Denver (B.A. Criminal Justice)
      • University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (B.A. Criminal Justice)
      • Colorado Mesa University (B.A. Criminal Justice; Criminal Justice or Law Enforcement concentrations)
      • Metropolitan State University of Denver (B.S. Criminal Justice & Criminology)
      • University of Northern Colorado (B.A. Criminal Justice)


      If 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.