Criminal Justice

Associate in Applied Science

A degree in criminal justice can open doors in law enforcement, criminal law, public policy, and beyond. The Criminal Justice Associate Degree program at YCCC will give you a comprehensive understanding of the criminal justice system. Our program is designed to be small and individualized to provide one-on-one instruction and career advisement.

Quick Facts
  • Degree track options

    Online (Full-time & Part-time)

  • Estimate degree completion time

    4 semesters, 60 credit hours

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Courses cover police organizations, criminal law, criminology, criminalistics, and corrections. Classes address contemporary criminal justice topics like the administration of justice and the judiciary, victim advocacy, and public attitudes on criminal justice issues. Our degree is offered online or in-person. Part-time tracks are also available.

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Learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Identify the functions and roles of all major aspects of the United States criminal justice system.
  • Describe the institutions, laws, and theories that make up the legal system.
  • Explain the constitutional constraints under which police and prosecutors must operate in a free society and the reasoning behind these limitations.
  • Discuss the importance and application of basic ethical behavior in the exercise of public trust and discretionary authority.
  • Demonstrate effective written, oral, and electronic-based communication skills in a professional workplace.
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Our criminal justice degree is designed to prepare students for entry level careers in law enforcement, corrections, emergency dispatch, victim advocacy and security. Students may also transfer to a four-year institution to continue their criminal justice education.


What our students say

Hear firsthand what our criminal justice students have to say about their experience with YCCC.

A Message from Chief Joann Putnam

Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement

Chief Joann Putnam, Chief of Police in Wells, ME discusses her own personal journey through law enforcement and becoming Chief of Police in Maine.

Jennifer Escoto

Department of Probation & Parole

Hi, my name is Jennifer Escoto. I work for the Department of Probation and Parole for the State of Maine. I have been with the department since 2005, and I graduated from York County Community College in their Criminal Justice degree program.

Meet the Faculty

  • Cathleen Ferrick

    Cathleen Ferrick

    Chair - Behavioral Health Studies/Gerontology/Forensic Social Work/Criminal Justice

    Cathleen Ferrick is the chair of the Behavioral Health Studies, Gerontology, Forensic Social Work, and Criminal Justice programs. In addition to teaching, she also has many years of clinical experience in the human service field in a wide range of areas including child protection, adoption, crisis intervention, and court investigations. Cathleen has a BA in Psychology and an M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology as well as the Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician Community (MHRT/C) credential and a post-graduate certificate in Trauma Informed Expressive Art Therapies.

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