Criminal Justice

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Criminal Justice

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Examine issues relating to crime, law, and justice. You’ll learn to analyze situations and events in a logical way, organize the parts of a problem effectively, appreciate diversity, work with a wide cross-section of the community, and believe in your abilities and judgment – all while recognizing your personal limitations and developmental needs.

Go straight into the workforce to begin your career in this exciting field after graduation, or if you're interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to continue your studies, take a look at our Liberal Arts degree in Criminal Justice.

How to ApplyProgram Details Program Costs

Kirkwood offers more than $3 million in scholarships for students each year, and there are many specifically for students enrolled in the Criminal Justice program.

Graduates of the Criminal Justice program will be able to:

  • Develop a working vocabulary of criminal justice terminology.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of the methods used in criminal justice research, including sources and data.
  • Identify career opportunities in the field of criminal justice.
  • Describe the components of the American criminal justice system, their functions, and their organization.
  • Relate the structure and function of the American criminal justice system to contemporary society (e.g. Democratic values).
  • Construct and evaluate strategies to address ethical/moral challenges faced by criminal justice practitioners.

It is highly recommeded that students earn an Associate of Arts degree and transfer to a four-year institution.

Students typically transfer to Mt. Mercy University, the University of Northern Iowa, Central Missouri State, Upper Iowa Univeristy, St. Ambrose University, Simpson College, Iowa State University and Iowa Wesleyan, and pursue bachelors degrees in Criminal Justice, Criminology or Crime Analysis.

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What career could this lead to?

Graduates with a Criminal Justice degree can obtain jobs in a variety of different career opportunities.
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Meet Our Faculty

Amanda Humphrey
Title: Dean, Social Sciences/Faculty
Phone: 319-398-5899 ext. 4936
Office: 1032 Cedar Hall


Pete Ungaro
Title: Faculty
Phone: 319-398-5899 ext. 5796
Office: 1025 Cedar Hall

Mission Statement

The Criminal Justice discipline of Kirkwood Community College is committed to providing students with a quality liberal arts education. Students will gain an appreciation of their role as criminal justice professionals and as contributing members of society.

As a public institution, Kirkwood Community College is committed to public service and to meeting the needs of our educational service area, as well as to the needs of the State of Iowa.

The Associate of Arts core curriculum provides the foundation for competencies necessary to succeed in the criminal justice profession and in society.

Taylor Burke

“There’s something for everybody here. They genuinely care about you, they want you to succeed. What you get here is outstanding.”

Taylor Burke,
Walker, Iowa


Social Sciences Department
1008 Cedar Hall