Criminal Justice student studying

Criminal Justice

What will I learn?

Studying Criminal Justice gives us a better understanding of the three main parts of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, the judicial system, and corrections. This program focuses closely on criminal behavior, criminal law and constitutional law. Criminal Justice requires a willingness to be understanding of different cultures.

Degree requirements

This program features two completion paths, each with different awards:

Students pursuing the Associate of Arts degree must complete 36 credits of general education requirements and 24 credits of core and elective courses.

Students pursuing the Associate of General Studies degree must complete 39 credits of general education requirements and 21 credits of core requirements.

Please consult the PCC catalog for details about each degree.

Degree transfer

The AA degree transfers to the following Colorado public four-year schools:

  • University of Colorado-Denver (Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice)
  • University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (BA, Criminal Justice)
  • Colorado Mesa University (BA, Criminal Justice; Criminal Justice or Law Enforcement concentrations)
  • Colorado State University-Global Campus (Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice)
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver (BS, Criminal Justice & Criminology)
  • University of Northern Colorado (BA, Criminal Justice)

The AGS degree is designed for students who wish to attend Colorado State University Pueblo. This degree plan transfers directly into CSUP’s Sociology degree with a Criminology emphasis. It, too, is an excellent choice for students considering advanced criminal justice-related careers but who want to complete their bachelor’s degree locally.

Please discuss with your advisor which degree path is better suited to you and your educational and career goals.

Many criminal justice and related agencies require certain standards prospective employees must meet at the application stage. Job applications will ask if you have ever been arrested for any offense, either misdemeanor or felony. If you have, your prospective employer may deny your application. You may also be required to take psychological tests, lie detector tests, medical tests, and physical fitness tests to determine if you are suited to a particular position.

Degree & Certificate Offerings in Criminal Justice:

Program Information

Pueblo Campus
Fremont Campus
Social & Behavioral Science
Course Availability
Program Start
Fall, Spring
Program Length
4 Semesters


Jeffrey Kenney