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What will I learn?

Combine your desire to make a difference with your people skills and problem-solving abilities for a fulfilling career in law enforcement, investigations or corrections. This program prepares you to become a criminal justice professional or to transition to a four-year school. There are few careers like criminal justice that give you the satisfaction of knowing you’ve made a difference.

Basic training covers the aspects of law enforcement, behaviors of offenders, and crime profiling and analysis. Explore the structure of the judicial process through discussions of U.S. Supreme Court cases, how the Constitution is interpreted and the significance of the separation of powers doctrine. You will examine the field of corrections, crime prevention and ethical responsibilities.


The Criminal Justice Associate of Arts program takes a practical approach with instruction from faculty who have decades of real-world experience. All of the instructors are or have been criminal justice practitioners in law enforcement, the courts, corrections or investigations. In addition, the faculty regularly bring criminal justice experts into the classroom and schedule tours so you can see career possibilities firsthand. CJ 285, an internship of 12 hours per week for 14 weeks for a total of 168 hours, is a great way to make connections.

Department Chair Frank Galbrecht has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience and nearly 20 years of teaching JCCC students about the field. He serves on the advisory board for Olathe West High School, which houses the 21st Century Public Safety Academy.

Join the JCCC Criminal Justice Club, a student-run organization that helps you make direct connections to criminal justice professionals. Past club members have:

  • Toured the Topeka Correctional Facility for women
  • Participated in shooting and driving simulations at the Johnson County Regional Police Academy
  • Investigated the Johnson County Sheriff's Office County Communications Center and Criminalistics Lab
  • Observed polygraphs being administered by the Overland Park and Olathe police departments

Participate in Public Safety Day, a department-wide event that introduces students to different criminal justice agencies. Students can speak with professionals in corrections, sexual assault investigation, law enforcement and legal prosecution.

Frank Galbrecht, Chair, Criminal Justice
"The department’s Advisory Board consists of Johnson County professionals in law enforcement and criminal justice agencies, the district attorney’s office and victim assistance. Board members provide to the department insight into what they look for in new hires, candidate weaknesses that need to be addressed, and trends and opportunities in the field."
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Law and order isn’t exactly what it looks like on TV; it can be more exciting, challenging and rewarding. And because it’s such an important function in society, communities will always need criminal justice professionals. Depending on your position and location, you could earn in the $50,000 range, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A degree in criminal justice — especially a four-year degree — is increasingly important for securing a job and moving ahead. For instance, to get a highly sought after FBI analyst position, you will need a degree. Candidates also need specialized skills to set them apart from the competition — whether it’s knowing a second language, having another degree in law, accounting or psychology, or experience working in the field.

Download the Criminal Justice Program Outlook (PDF) for employment projections and salary information.

Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

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Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.