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Criminal Justice

2018-19 Criminal Justice Grad Guide (PDF)

Associate of Applied Science Degree
Major Code: 430107A
Courses for this Program

About the Program

The Criminal Justice Associate of Applied Science degree is designed for students pursuing an educational program that will prepare them for careers in the fields of law enforcement and adult and juvenile corrections. This degree enables students to enter into criminal justice careers. Many of the courses taken toward this degree can be applied to a four-year degree in the criminal justice/criminology field. If students intend to transfer to SOU’s Bachelor of Applied Science degree program, transfer courses should be chosen from the list of electives where possible. See an adviser for more information or visit

Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for criminal justice programs are:

Integrate and apply acquired knowledge and skills related to justice administration systems, crime control policy, theory, law, and technology to effectively manage and control problems related to crime and public safety in jurisdictions of employment.

Work in teams and in collaborative environments with stakeholders in communities of interest to develop solutions to problems of crime and public safety within those communities of interest.

Apply a strong ethic of public service, personal, and professional growth, in their respective roles to include a commitment to apply culturally sensitive strategies of communication and problem-solving in the process.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to complete the Placement Process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined by the results of their placement assessment.  In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

A Criminal Justice program adviser must provide advising and approval of a student’s program prior to registration.

Prospective students should be aware of entry requirements of criminal justice agencies prior to considering criminal justice fields as career choices. Conditions such as impaired hearing and/or eyesight, impaired physical agility, or a criminal history may preclude employment in some agencies. Students should discuss their individual circumstances with advisers and determine if any issues might preclude employment in the field.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college policies and the Criminal Justice Department’s approval. In order to ensure that coursework is current, program courses over seven years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate department chair before being accepted toward core requirements. Each College Now credit student must meet with a Criminal Justice Department chair to determine placement.

Reserve Officer Law Enforcement Academy

The Criminal Justice Associate of Applied Science 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 and does not require agency sponsorship. Students must apply for admission into ROLEA. Contact faculty in the Criminal Justice Department for more information.

Graduation Requirements

Students must successfully complete the credits in this program with a grade of “C” or better to receive their degrees. Certain required courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade. Four credits (132 hours) of documented cooperative work experience in criminal justice, supervised by a professional, are required unless a waiver is granted.

For more information contact the Criminal Justice Department:

Grants Pass or Medford: 541-245-7965
Toll free in Oregon: 800-411-6508, Ext. 7965
Web address:
TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711