The RCC criminal justice programs provide academic preparation for working in law enforcement, court, and corrections environments. The program prepares students to work in local, state, and federal government agencies and private sector public safety services such as security services. A Criminal Justice student wants to help their community. They have a craving to make a difference and become apart of the solution.
Courses address crime, delinquency, punishment, diversity, law, policy, system characteristics, ethics, professionalism and effective communication and practices, and problem solving.
The programs focus on:
- Preparing students for entry-level careers in law enforcement and adult and juvenile corrections
- Preparing students to transfer to educational institutions for advanced studies in law enforcement
- Providing continuing education and training for professionals and volunteers in law enforcement fields.
Associate of Applied Science Degree/Criminal Justice
The Criminal Justice AAS degree prepares students for entry-level careers in the criminal justice field. All courses taken toward this degree can be applied to a four-year degree.
The AAS degree offers a limited number of students the option of enrolling in the Reserve Officer Law Enforcement Academy (ROLEA) and applying credits to degree requirements. The ROLEA option is available to second-year criminal justice students. It does not require agency sponsorship, but students must apply for admission. Contact Criminal Justice Department faculty for more information.
Associate of Science Degree/Criminology
Developed in cooperation with Southern Oregon University, the AS degree is fully articulated with SOU’s criminology program, which means students can transfer directly — with no loss of credits — to pursue a bachelor’s degree at SOU. The program offers a balance of criminal justice and liberal education courses that support advanced study in criminal justice.
The need for criminal justice professionals remains strong. Due to the level of job security criminal justice careers offer, the job market has become more competitive than ever. A college degree is virtually a must for someone interested in a position in the criminal justice field. Whether you decide on a two- or four-year program, your degree will open the door to a wide variety of career opportunities with strong employment prospects in a dynamic field.
Department Chair: Dr. Jeanine Henriques