Criminal Justice Department
Robert Dunkley, Ph.D., Program Coordinator/Faculty
Office: Academic Building 250D
Criminal Justice (CRJ)
- Associate of General Studies: Transfer (AGS/CRJ)
- Associate of Applied Science (AAS/CRJ)
- POST Certified Law Enforcement Academy
Career OpportunitiesThe CRJ program prepares students for careers in federal, state, and local adult correctional institutions, juvenile corrections and treatment facilities, law enforcement, forensics, private security, and private investigations.
Program DescriptionThe CRJ program provides an in-depth analysis of the three components of the criminal Justice system (law enforcement, the judicial system. and corrections) with special emphasis on criminology, substantive criminal law, procedural criminal law, and constitutional law. It places a strong emphasis on reading and comprehension skills, written and verbal communication skills, and empathetic awareness of cultural diversity.
Online Course offerings in Criminal Justice for Adult Learners, evening courses. Click here for online course listing.
The AAS degree prepares you for entry level positions in adult and juvenile corrections, police science, and related fields.
The program also offers two Certificates designed as career entry or career enhancement programs.
If you have a prior arrest and/or drug/alcohol history you should discuss this history with a CRJ advisor prior to your admission into a criminal justice program. Neither PCC nor CRJ advisors will he held liable for your decision to continue in the program if you have such a history.
Your entrance into any CRJ course of study, or your subsequent graduation, is no guarantee, explicit or implied, that you are employable in the criminal justice system. Further, if you are cannot be placed and/or remain in the course CRJ 287, Cooperative Education/Internship, after two good-faith attempts at placement, neither PCC nor its employees accept responsibility in respect to your fulfillment of the program.
Many criminal justice and related agencies require certain standards of prospective employees 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.