CIP Code:


CIP Name:

Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


A program that focuses on the criminal justice system, its organizational components and processes, and its legal and public policy contexts. Includes instruction in criminal law and policy, police and correctional systems organization, the administration of justice and the judiciary, and public attitudes regarding criminal justice issues.



CIP Code:


CIP Name:

Criminal Justice/Police Science


A program that prepares individuals to perform the duties of police and public security officers, including patrol and investigative activities, traffic control, crowd control and public relations, witness interviewing, evidence collection and management, basic crime prevention methods, weapon and equipment operation and maintenance, report preparation and other routine law enforcement responsibilities.



Approval Status

The Criminal Justice/Police Science Alignment was approved by the Kansas Board of Regents on December 15, 2011.  Colleges are granted one year from the approval date to implement the alignment.

State Business and Industry Committee recommendation

The committee requested that community colleges focus their curriculum on general education courses tailored to law enforcement.  Specifically they highlighted the need for:  reading comprehension, problem-solving, oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, leadership skills, critical thinking, ethics, constitutional law, keyboarding, and observational skills.

Alignment Map:     Click here (pdf)

Common Courses  (24 credit hours)

Common Courses serve as potential articulation and transfer of coursework between secondary and postsecondary partners.  These courses shall have the same title, credit hour allocation, and competencies.  Institutions may add additional competencies based on local demand.  The sequencing of common courses is determined by the institution.

Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 credit hours (pdf)
Criminal Investigations 3 credit hours (pdf)
Criminal Law         3 credit hours (pdf)
Agency Administration 3 credit hours (pdf)
Juvenile Delinquency and Justice 3 credit hours (pdf)
Law Enforcement Operations and Procedures 3 credit hours (pdf)
Criminal Procedures         3 credit hours (pdf)
Criminal Justice Interview and Report Writing 3 credit hours (pdf)

Support Courses  (3 credit hours)

Institutions may utilize existing like courses which adhere to the agreed upon course lengths and competencies.

Professional Responsibility in Criminal Justice 3 credit hours

To learn where this program is available in Kansas, visit the Kansas Career Technical Education Program Search.