Criminal Justice

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Preparing you for a career in law enforcement and corrections
There is a nationwide trend toward requiring that all criminal justice professionals have at least a two- year degree, and Cowley College Associate Degree in Criminal Justice fulfills that promise. This is an ideal time to become a professional in criminal justice. In response to the rise in crime rates, increasing drug abuse, and a growing population, the public demands a strong response to the violence and disorder, causing employment opportunities to increase dramatically in recent years. Career opportunities exist in many areas: local police departments and organizations, county and state police departments, corrections, environmental protection services, juvenile facilities, crime laboratories, courts and judicial offices, and community-based corrections (probation and parole).


If you're interested in a career in criminal justice, Cowley College is the perfect place for you! In the classroom, we blend traditional education methods with a hands-on approach to learning. We provide our students with all the necessary tools to become successful police officers and criminal justice professionals.

Our faculty is passionate about teaching and preparing our students for a career in criminal justice. We also have an online program available and the Kansas Promise Act offers eligible Kansas residents scholarship money to help cover expenses related to completing an eligible associate degree or certificate.

In addition, students that have declared a major in Criminal Justice and meet qualification guidelines are eligible to be a Student Patrol Officer. Participating in the Student Patrol program is a requirement and out of a desire to help the community by learning about their chosen profession. The primary focus of Student Patrol is education through experience. We hope you'll consider becoming a Tiger and joining our Criminal Justice program at Cowley College!

Digital Badges

We want our students to shine, so we created Digital Badges. These badges show the skills and accomplishments our graduates earned at Cowley College. After completing the program, you can use them to create an online resume for job applications. Employers can click on the badges to see what you have achieved. This helps them see your effort and sets you apart from other applicants.

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Kansas residents can earn scholarship dollars to cover expenses associated with completing an eligible associate degree or certificate. Contact Admissions to find out more about the Kansas Promise Act scholarship.

Available ALL online

This program can be completed ALL online through Cowley Online.

For face-to-face classes, visit our locations for more information.

Program Videos

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My Story

Dakota Richardson

Criminal Justice
Dakota Richardson
While at Cowley College I found it exciting to get to class and get involved in a subject I had a growing passion about.

My name is Dakota Richardson and I wish to share my experience with the Cowley College Criminal Justice program. When I graduated high school in Belle Plaine, Kansas I wanted to become a chiropractor or history teacher. But I had a friend whose father served with the Kansas Highway Patrol and seeing how a police officer was held to a higher standard I quickly changed my mind. After asking about his experiences in law enforcement I thought that would be a great career.

While at Cowley College I found it exciting to get to class and get involved in a subject I had a growing passion about. I found myself doing a lot better than I did in high school because the course work made me feel like I wanted to be in the classroom learning. The criminal justice program provided me and my classmates several tools to become a successful police officer. I learned the court procedures and what could be expected in the judicial process. I learned local “10 codes” along with the phonetic alphabet which most law enforcement agency’s use.

After completing and graduating from Cowley College, I quickly became employed with the Winfield Police Department and have used my skills I learned in the criminal justice program in my tour of duty each day. I would not change my career choice for anything else. I am proud to be a Cowley College Criminal Justice graduate and proud to be a police officer!

Meet Our Lead Instructor & Department Faculty & Staff

Frank Owens has a passion for teaching the future officers of our criminal justice system and brings his knowledge of the criminal justice system into the classroom and blends it with traditional college learning to create a hands-on and fun learning atmosphere.
Faculty Chair, Health & Human Services, EMS Director
Faculty - Director of Criminal Justice
Academic Department Specialist, Health & Human Services