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
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 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 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:
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.
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.