Associate in Arts Degree

Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice curriculum is designed for students who plan to transfer to four-year institutions to pursue careers in law enforcement, the courts, corrections, juvenile justice, private security, criminal behavior, and other aspects of crime and criminal justice. KCC also offers a Law Enforcement program. Students should see the criminal justice/law enforcement coordinator to determine which program best suits their needs. Students enrolling in this curriculum are urged to meet with an academic advisor each semester to review course selections and transfer plans.

Learn more: Email advising@kcc.edu or phone 815-802-8500.
Program coordinator: Michael Curtis, email mcurtis@kcc.edu, phone 815-802-8856

Criminal Justice courses
Credit hours: 21

IAI Major (4 courses)

  • LAWF 1513 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • LAWF 2723 - Introduction to Corrections
  • LAWF 2513 - Criminology
  • LAWF 1753 - Juvenile Delinquency

Additional Criminal Justice (3 courses)

  • COSC 1513 - Introduction to Information Processing
  • LAWF 1713 - Basic Criminal Law
      CHOOSE ONE course from the following seven options:
  •   LAWF 1613 - Police Operations and Services
  •   LAWF 1623 - Traffic Administration
  •   LAWF 1723 - Criminal Evidence and Procedures
  •   LAWF 1733 - Criminal Investigation
  •   LAWF 2623 - Organization and Administration
  •   LAWF 2713 - Community-Oriented Policing
  •   LAWF 2733 - Private Security

Communications General Education (3 courses)
Credit hours: 9

A minimum grade of C is required in *ENGL 1613 and *ENGL 1623.

  • * ENGL 1613 - English I
  • * ENGL 1623 - English II
  • * SPCH 1553 - Introductory Speech

Laboratory Science General Education (2 courses)
Credit hours: 8

Choose two IAI courses, one from the life sciences and one from the physical sciences.

Mathematics General Education (1 course)
Credit hours: 3-5

Choose one IAI mathematics courses from the following five options1:

  • * MATH 1704 - Contemporary Mathematics * MATH 1713 - Finite Mathematics
  • * MATH 1713 - Finite Mathematics
  • * MATH 1774 - Statistics
  • * MATH 1833 - Calculus for Business and Social Sciences
  • * MATH 2515 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

Humanities General Education (3 courses)
Credit hours: 9

Choose three IAI humanities courses, with at least one course from general humanities and at least one course from the fine arts or interdisciplinary category.

Social and Behavioral Science General Education (3 courses)
Credit hours: 9

Electives (2-5 courses)
Credit hours: 5

CHOOSE FIVE (5) credit hours of courses from any transfer-level elective area. A maximum of four (4) credit hours can come from physical education activity courses. Consult transfer institution to determine appropriate courses to support degree or minor. Some universities require PHED 1512.

MINIMUM CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR COMPLETION – 64

*Course has prerequisite.

1Consult transfer institution to determine appropriate course.

Criminal Justice A.A.—Suggested course sequence

Fall
LAWF 1513 3 cr. hrs.
* PSYC 1813 3 cr. hrs.
* ENGL 1613 3 cr. hrs.
* Mathematics course 3-5 cr. hrs.
* Laboratory science course 4 cr. hrs.

Spring
LAWF 1713 3 cr. hrs.
* ENGL 1623 3 cr. hrs.
COSC 1513 3 cr. hrs.
Social and Behavioral Science course 3 cr. hrs.
* Laboratory Science course 4 cr. hrs.

Fall
LAWF 2723 3 cr. hrs.
LAWF 2513 3 cr. hrs.
* SPCH 1553 3 cr. hrs.
* SOCY 2513 3 cr. hrs.
* Humanities course 3 cr. hrs.

Spring
LAWF 1753 3 cr. hrs.
LAWF elective 3 cr. hrs.
* Humanities courses 6 cr. hrs.
* Electives 5 cr. hrs.

*Course has prerequisite.

Use The Transfer Guide

To see how your courses transfer, log on to U.Select at http://www.transfer.org/. U.Select is an online tool that will help you view program requirements, course equivalencies, and see how courses you have taken or plan to take transfer to another college or university.