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Are you looking for a fulfilling career in criminal justice? Look no further than our criminal justice program here at Johnson Country Community College. We offer world-class faculty, educational courses, and hands-on experiences to prepare you for a job in the criminal justice field or private security. See what our criminal justice degree has to offer you.

What Will I Learn in JCCC’s Criminal Justice Program?

Combine your desire to make a difference with your people skills and problem-solving abilities for a fulfilling career in law enforcement, private security or corrections. This program prepares you to become a criminal justice professional or to transition to a criminal justice program at 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.

Why JCCC for Criminal Justice?

The Associate of Arts with Emphasis in Criminal Justice program takes a practical approach with instruction from faculty who have decades of real-world experience. All our 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 (a total of 168 hours), is a great way to make connections in the criminal justice field.

Get Involved

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

This department-wide event 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 aren’t exactly what they look like on TV; a real-world criminal justice profession 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 a salary 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 forward in the field. For instance, to get a highly sought-after FBI analyst position, you will need a criminal justice 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.

Money matters, and the cost of going to college can drastically impact your life and ability to succeed. At JCCC, we want you to have the flexibility to be in a program you enjoy, no matter the cost. We are working hard to make tuition affordable for you.

Here’s what we offer:

Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.

With our Academic Counseling and Career Development Center services, you can ensure your studies in Criminal Justice align with your long-term career goals.

You may also decide to transfer your credits to another university. Transferring gives you the opportunity to further your knowledge and studies through various other programs and career paths.