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Criminal Justice

What is taught in Criminal Justice?

Students will dive deep into the Criminal Justice System while specialized classes focus on careers, corrections, and criminal law. The courses will give students an opportunity to meet with professionals and introduce them to a vast amount of job opportunities beyond being a police officer or an attorney. Students will also gain knowledge and skills that will jump-start their journey in college and may even lead them towards internships with local, state, and federal organizations.


What is concurrent enrollment?

Salt Lake Community College allows students to receive college credit hours while taking high school classes. A student who successfully completes all four available classes will earn 12 college credits, including credits (CJ 1010) which are accepted to any general education program.

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Pathway Information


Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security Pathways

Protective Services


Skills Taught

  • Legal Knowledge and Procedures
  • Law Enforcement Skills
  • Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Criminal Psychology and Behavior
  • Criminal Justice Ethics and Professionalism
  • Security and Homeland Security
  • Criminal Justice Technology
  • Communication Skills
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation
  • Public Speaking and Presentation Skills

Careers in Criminal Justice?

  • Local, State, and Federal level law enforcement agencies:
    • S.W.A.T.
    • K-9 Handler
    • Narcotics
    • Drug Interdiction
    • Dive Team
    • Motor Squad
    • Bomb Squad
    • Community Outreach
    • Undercover/Investigations
    • Accident Reconstruction
    • Bureau of Land Management
    • Wildlife Resource Officer, etc.
  • Cyber Crimes
  • Forensics I or II
  • Psychology
  • Attorney
  • Correctional Officer
  • Medical Examiner
  • Criminologist