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  • Criminal Justice
  • Fast Facts

    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, Southwest, Online

  • What Will I Learn 
    Studying Criminal Justice gives us a better understanding of the three main parts of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, the judicial system, and corrections. This program focuses closely on criminal behavior, criminal law, and constitutional law. Criminal Justice requires a willingness to be understanding of different cultures. This program introduces students to the study of Criminal Justice and includes courses that are common to all Colorado four-year institutions.

    For more information on the many career paths for students with a criminal justice degree, see:  http://www.criminaljustice.com/careers/.

      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 treatment facilities, law enforcement agencies, courts, private security, and investigation work. The Associate of Arts (AA) degree in Criminal Justice prepares students to complete the second half of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Criminal Justice at a four-year university.

      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)
      • Colorado State University-Global Campus (B.S. Criminal Justice)
      • Metropolitan State University of Denver (B.S. Criminal Justice & Criminology)
      • University of Northern Colorado (B.A. Criminal Justice)

      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.

      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.