Kirkwood Community College

Arts & Sciences Career Academy:
Pre-Criminal Justice



Explore fast-paced criminal justice and law enforcement careers with instructors who have been in the field!

Many local, special, and state police units want recruits to have some college training. Certain federal police agencies may require a college degree. Many police units encourage new recruits to take college courses in police work.
Career Focus

s college-level course work is designed to prepare you for your next step into a degree program or familiarize you with the criminal justice system before you seek entry-level opportunities.
Average Salaries
Forensic Scientist
FBI Agent
 Based on available Iowa salary data at

Arts & Sciences:
Pre-Criminal Justice Courses

 Course offerings may vary. Visit your nearest Kirkwood location website or high school for local course options.

CRJ-100 | Introduction to Criminal Justice | 3 credits
Provides an overview of the American criminal justice system and examines the process of justice administration through the agencies of law enforcement, courts and corrections.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A.

HIS-135 | US History to 1877 | 3 credits
Studies the European background, the colonial experience, the revolutionary period and 19th century history to the Civil War. Includes political, economic and social history of this period as well as the development of American thought.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A.

PHI-105 | Introduction to Ethics | 3 credits
Investigates major issues and theories in Western or non-Western moral thought. Explores the adequacies of ethical theories such as egoism, utilitarianism, virtue ethics, the ethics of care, and duty ethics through discussions of topics such as those found in medicine, the media, the environment, social justice, education, gender relations, war, business and family life.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A.

SOC-110 | Introduction to Sociology | 3 credits

Surveys the basic principles, concepts, research strategies, and empirical findings representative of the field today. Examines the range of sociological thought, identifies areas of specialization within the discipline and establishes a basis for further study in the field.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A.


Career and Transfer Opportunities
The Pre-Criminal Justice Academy prepares students for associate's, bachelor's, and graduate degrees. Examples of college majors include, but are not limited to: Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, or a related field.
If you’re planning to transfer to a four-year college or university after attending Kirkwood, specific transfer information can be found at