Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice program at Volunteer State Community College is designed to provide students with a foundational understanding of the key components of the criminal justice system (i.e., law enforcement, investigations, probation/parole, law and corrections).

The program offers a two-year Associate of Science (AS degree), Associate of Applied Science (AAS degree) and a one semester Technical Certificate in Criminal Justice. Students may choose to pursue the Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science or Technical Certificate.

Students who wish to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree in criminal justice will pursue the Associate of Science (AS). Students who do not intend on transferring to a four-year university or college, and wish to find employment in criminal justice after graduating will pursue the Associate of Applied Science (AAS). Both the AS and AAS require additional general education coursework .


Providing quality education throughout its 12 county area, the Criminal Justice program at Vol State is designed to encourage academic excellence and integrity. The instructors in the Criminal Justice program have a wealth of practical experience and education in the criminal justice field and encourage their students to be critical thinkers and problem solvers. The instructors are encouraged to take a hands-on approach to teaching and involve the students in activities and exercises that provide them with a “real world” understanding of various elements of the criminal justice system.

Important Advisory for All Potential Applicants to Degree or Certificate Programs

Criminal Justice Program Page (PDF)

Contacting Us

For more information on the program or for faculty advising for current students, contact professor Kevin M. Cook, Director of Criminal Justice, at or (615) 230 - 3238.

Criminal Justice Certificate Gainful Employment Information

What job(s) might I get with this degree?
How long will it take me to complete this program?
Normal Time to Completion Percent of 2010-2011 Graduates Completing in Normal Time
1 Semester 33%
Normal time is defined as the number of semesters that a student would be enrolled in a program if they attended on a full-time basis and enrolled in at least 15 hours per semester. The percentage of students completing on time does not take into consideration that some students take fewer than 15 hours during a semester.
What are the chances of getting a job when I graduate?
Number of 2010-2011 Graduates Percent of 2010-2011 Graduates Employed in Field
3 100%

(Note: Placement information is gathered in accordance with the standards of the Tennessee Board of Regents requirements. Placement data is gathered six months after graduation. Graduates are exempted from the placement rates in accordance with the standards of the Higher Education Authorization Act due to the following reasons: enrollment in further education, military service, a medical condition that prevents the graduate from working in his/her field of study, family or home responsibilities that prevent the graduate from working in his/her field of study.)

How much will this program cost?
  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition and Fees $1839.50 $7131.50
Books and Supplies $580.57 $580.57
On-Campus Room and Board Not offered Not offered
What are my financing options to pay for the program?
Source of Funds Median Amount for 2010-2011 Graduates
Median Debt for 2009-2010 Graduates $1990
Median Debt from Title IV Loans $1990
Median Debt from Other Sources $0

Note: Median loan amounts reflect the total borrowed from entry at the institution to completion of this program.