Criminal Justice

 

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What is Criminal Justice?

The public's fascination with criminal law and crime is at an all-time high, and the popularity on television and film is a signal of this fact. It seems that nothing matches the ability of criminal justice heroes to awe and inspire all of us. Today, there are no greater role models that exist than those who have dedicated their lives to law enforcement. Today's crimes are most often solved by a system that focuses on teamwork, advanced investigative skills and the ability to process a crime scene properly by identifying, collecting and preserving all relevant physical evidence and information. Let Southeast help you solve the mystery of your future!

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?

Our Criminal Justice program will prepare you to perform traffic enforcement and criminal investigations, follow due process and procedures, collect and preserve evidence, arrest and prosecute violators of the law, and supervise professionals in criminal justice fields. There are career opportunities at municipal, county, state, and federal levels of government as a police officer, criminal investigator, court administrator, corrections, parole, or probation officer, security investigator.

Criminal Justice Career Median Annual
SalaryBased on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
Criminal Justice Core $30,280
Security and Loss Prevention $37,182
Corrections $40,300
Advanced Law Enforcement $52,649
Computer Forensics $81,062
Criminal Justice- Criminal Justice Track $43,866
Criminal Justice- Corrections Track $40,300
Criminal Justice- Law Enforcement Track $62,181
Criminal Justice - Security and Loss Prevention Track $37,182

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Degrees and Transfers

  • Criminal Justice
  • Law Enforcement
  • Corrections
  • Security and Loss Prevention

Certificates

  • Criminal Justice Core
  • Corrections
  • Law Enforcement
  • Security & Loss Prevention

How do I start?

  • Provide Southeast with your ACT scores
  • Complete an Application for Admission Start Here
  • Send high school/GED transcripts to Southeast
  • Meet with Criminal Justice faculty

Additional Information

Criminal Justice Core: 15 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Security and Loss Prevention: 15 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Corrections: 15 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Advanced Law Enforcement: 23 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Computer Forensics: 23 Total credit hours
Criminal Justice- Criminal Justice Track: 61 - 64 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Criminal Justice- Corrections Track: 61 - 64 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Criminal Justice- Law Enforcement Track: 61 - 64 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Criminal Justice - Security and Loss Prevention Track: 61 -64 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

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

Brian Fields, MS
Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice Coordinator
606.589.3354
bfields0003@kctcs.edu