Studying criminal justice is signing up to understand and work with a complex, living system. You’ll come to learn the laws and what happens when they’re broken, sure, but it doesn’t stop there. You’ll need to know about the politics and governments that create that process, and about the people it affects – the psychology, culture, and history of how society has defined (and redefined) criminal behavior and how to respond to it. Our program works to prepare you for all of the above – pulling from every discipline we can get our hands on to prepare you for a future in law enforcement, social work, the legal system, and more…or just to understand a complicated aspect of the world that much better.

Our programs within Criminal Justice are the newest to come onto our roster, but they’ve been offered by other departments at FCC for quite a while. We’re excited to update, expand, and refine from such a strong starting point! To what you see below, we’re planning to add even more sociocultural and psychological investigation, explore historical inequities, give chances to research developing police-community relationships, and even expand into terrorism, extreme crime, and what happens when the justice system and national security apparatus interact. We hope you’ll come join us for the ride.

Our Programs

Criminal Justice Area of Concentration – A.A. in Social Sciences
[A.A., 60 credits, Traditional/Online/Hybrid]

The full 2-year degree – introduces you to the discipline, gets you acquainted with the necessary principles, skills, and procedures to understand various organizations within the justice system…and explores some of the psychosocial, political, and cultural origins of criminal behavior. Good for both career advancement and transfer to 4-year schools!


Corrections Certificate
[Certificate, 27 credits, Traditional/Online/Hybrid]

A special sequence designed for those interested in working with the parts of the criminal justice system that operate once sentencing has occurred – detention centers, prisons, correctional facilities, interacting with the convicted – or helping advance your career if you already work in that area of the field. It’ll line up pretty nicely with the full degree, too, so completing both at once is totally a thing you can do, for resume or academic curiosity purposes.


FCC also has an active Criminal Justice Club! You can check out their Facebook here, or get in touch with the club advisor Dr. Molly Carlson ( to learn more or find out how to join up!