Criminal Justice

Interested in a career in Corrections or Law Enforcement? Our Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice provides students with a basic foundation of the American criminal justice and corrections systems. You'll also learn about crime prevention and protecting our state’s natural resources.


The program is designed primarily as a transfer program for students who plan to continue their studies at a four-year university. However, students are also prepared to enter the workforce immediately after graduation in certain phases of law enforcement or corrections. 

The program can be completed in person at the Lafayette campus or online.

Take a look at the degree plan:

Here are a few program highlights:

  • Officers can receive up to 15 credit hours of prior learning for completion of a Peace Officer Standards and Training Academy (POST).
  • Prior credit may also be awarded for military credit. 


Students completing the Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice will:

  • Apply critical thinking abilities to modern criminal justice processes and policies
  • Articulate the role, function and mission of police in the criminal justice system
  • Blend ethical concepts into modern criminal justice practices
  • Exhibit an understanding of the impact of policing, courts and corrections on the individual, society and the community

Average salaries:

  • Corrections Officers: $37,960
  • Fish & Game Wardens: $59,860
  • Detectives & Criminal Investigators: $68,180

(Bureau of Labor Statistics, Louisiana Average Salary 2021)

Whether you want to work in law enforcement, security or corrections, SLCC will prepare you for life in Criminal Justice after graduation. 


A 2+2 pathway offers students the opportunity to complete the first half of a bachelor’s degree program at SLCC. After earning an associate degree at SLCC, students seamlessly transfer to a partnering university to complete the second half of the chosen pathway, leading to their bachelor’s degree.

Students can complete the Associate of Science in Criminal Justice at SLCC and transfer credit hours applied to the Criminal Justice degree for partial fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice at Northwestern State University or Nicholls State University


Paige McGee

Program Coordinator and Instructor, Criminal Justice

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