Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

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What is Criminal Justice?

The criminal justice program at West Kentucky Community & Technical College prepares you for entry level positions in policing, corrections, and related occupations within the criminal justice system. The program also prepares criminal justice practitioners for advancement into administrative or supervisory positions in the field. 

average base pay
Based on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
$62,181
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low: $43k med: $62k high: $98k

What are my career choices?

Criminal justice program graduates will be qualified to seek job opportunities at municipal, county, state, and federal levels of government. Some of the job titles include the following:

  • Police officer
  • Criminal investigator
  • Juvenile youth worker
  • Corrections, parole, or probation officer
  • Security investigator or specialist

Opportunities in criminal justice are vast and growing. According to recent Bureau of Justice statistics, federal, state, and local governments spent an estimated $204 billion for law enforcement, corrections, and judicial related activities. Graduates are not restricted to government work. Business and industry now employ qualified professionals who are skilled in safety and security. Locally and nationally, according to recent U. S. Department of Labor figures, earnings for many criminal justice positions are over $45,000.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Associate of Applied Science

Certificates

Technical certificates are embedded within the associate of applied science degrees. However, the program coordinator does not recommend students completing only the certificates because criminal justice agencies prefer applicants with both oral and written communication skills and other well-rounded knowledge gained through general education courses. The embedded technical certificates include:

Length of Program

You must complete 61 hours of credit for an Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice.

Admissions Requirements

There are no special admission requirements for this program. Please consult WKCTC's general admission requirements.

More Information

The criminal justice system has changed significantly over the last two decades. Applicants with minimal job skills can no longer expect to be hired. Criminal justice practitioners can no longer expect to advance without education and training. Today's successful candidates and practitioners must understand and demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the field to meet higher performance standards and higher expectations. The program is designed to help provide that knowledge.

Some of the criminal justice courses offered through WKCTC include the following:

  • Criminal Investigations
  • Criminalistics
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedures
  • Computer Forensics
  • Delinquency and the Juvenile Justice System
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Law Enforcement
  • Introduction to Corrections
  • Issues and Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • Police Supervision

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

Program Contact

Gary Reese
Criminal Justice
Program Coordinator
270.534.3172
garyl.reese@kctcs.edu