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Criminal Justice Transfer to Southern Oregon University

2019-20 Criminal Justice Transfer to SOU (PDF)

Associate of Science Degree
Courses for this Program

About the Program

This Associate of Science degree has been developed with the cooperation and support of Southern Oregon University (SOU). The degree is fully articulated with SOU’s Criminal Justice program and allows students to transfer directly to SOU without loss of credits to pursue a bachelor’s degree. The program offers an excellent balance of criminal justice and liberal education courses that support advanced study in criminal justice.

Students should contact the SOU Criminal Justice Department early in the first year of the program to be advised about additional requirements and procedures for admission to SOU. Students transferring to SOU will be required to complete CCJ298 Orientation to the SOU Criminal Justice Major at SOU during the first term. For more information contact Tanya Blakeley at 541-552-8095 or your RCC adviser.

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 through the Placement Process. In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

A Criminal Justice program advisor 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 a career choice. 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 advisors 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 department chair’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.

Graduation Requirements

Students must successfully complete all 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.

Course No.
Course Title
CS/CIS__ Approved 3-4 credit Computer Science or Computer Information Science class, CS/CIS120 or above or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years. 0-4
MTH95 Intermediate Algebra or MTH96 Applied Algebra II or designated placement test score 0-4
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing or designated placement test score 0-3
  Total Prerequisite Credits 0-11
General Education Requirements
Course No.
Course Title
COMM225 Small Group Communication and Problem-solving or
SP100 Basic Communication or
SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking or
SP218 Interpersonal Communication
LIB127 Introduction to Academic Research 1
MTH243 Probability and Statistics 4
PS203 American Government III 3
PSY201 General Psychology I 4
PSY202 General Psychology II 4
WR121 English Composition I 4
WR122 English Composition II or WR227 Technical Writing 4
  Approved humanities electives 1 9-12
  Approved lab science electives 2 8-10
  Approved science elective 2 3-5
  Total General Education Credits 47-55
Required Core Courses
Course No.
Course Title
CJ100 Foundations and Ethics in Criminal Justice 4
CJ101 / SOC244 Introduction to Criminology 4
CJ110 Introduction to Law Enforcement 4
CJ120 Introduction to the Judicial Process 4
CJ130 Introduction to Corrections 4
CJ201 / SOC221 Juvenile Delinquency 4
CJ214 Crime, Justice and Diversity 4
CJ220 Law: Substantive Law and Liability 4
CJ221 Law: Constitutional Criminal Procedure 4
CJ223 Law: Evidence and Trial Process 4
CJ270 Capstone Project in Criminal Justice 4
  Approved program electives 3 6-8
  Total Core Credits 50-52
Total Program Credits


1 Approved Humanities Electives
(Complete at least three courses from the following list, 9-12 credits.)  
Course No.
Course Title
ART131 Introduction to Drawing 3
ART204, ART205, ART206 History of Art I, II, III 4-4-4
ENG104, ENG105, ENG106 Introduction to Literature 4-4-4
ENG107, ENG108, ENG109 World Literature 4-4-4-
ENG201, ENG202 Shakespeare I, II 4-4
ENG204, ENG205, ENG206 Survey of English Literature 4-4-4-
ENG253, ENG254, ENG255 Survey of American Literature 3-3-3
ENG257 African American Literature 4
ENG260 Introduction to Women Writers 4
ENG275 The Bible as Literature 4
HUM101, HUM102, HUM103 Introduction to Humanities 4-4-4
HUM215, HUM216, HUM217, HUM218, HUM219 Native American Arts and Cultures 4-4-4-4-4
MUS105 Music Appreciation 3
MUS108 Music in World Cultures 4
MUS201 Introduction to Western Music 4
MUS205 History of Jazz 3
MUS206 Introduction to Rock Music 3
MUS208 Film Music 3
MUS261, MUS262, MUS263 History of Western Music I, II, III 4-4-4
MUS264, MUS265, MUS266 History of Rock I, II, III 3-3-3
PHL101, PHL102, PHL103 Philosophical Problems/Ethics/Critical Reasoning 4-4-4
REL201 World Religions 4
REL243 Nature, Religion and Ecology 4
SP115 Introduction to Intercultural Communication 4
SPAN201, SPAN202, SPAN203 Second Year Spanish I, II, III 4-4-4
TA141 Fundamentals of Acting 4
WR241, WR242, WR243 Imaginative Writing I, II, III 4-4-4
2 Approved Science Electives
(Complete at least three courses – two of which must have labs – from the following list, 11-15 credits; a three-term lab science sequence is recommended for transfer but not required. Only one course can be a regional field studies course indicated by asterisk.)
Course No.
Course Title
BI100GB Introductory Biology (non-lab course) 3
BI100SB Biology of Human Body Systems (non-lab course) 3
BI101, BI102, BI103 Introduction to Biology with lab I, II, III with lab 4-4-4
BI121, BI122 Elementary Anatomy and Physiology I, II with lab 4-4
BI211, BI212, BI213 General Biology I, II, III with lab 4-4-4
BI231, BI232, BI233 Anatomy and Physiology I, II, III with lab 4-4-4
BI234 Microbiology with lab 4
CHEM104 Introductory Chemistry Iwith lab and Recitation 5
CHEM105 Introductory Organic Chemistry with lab 4
CHEM105R Introductory Organic Chemistry Recitation 1
CHEM106 Introductory Biochemistry with lab 4
CHEM106R Introductory Biochemistry Recitation 1
CHEM221, CHEM222, CHEM223 General Chemistry I, II, III with lab and Recitation 5-5-5
CIS195 Web Authoring I (HTML/CSS) (non-lab course) 4
ENV111 Introduction to Environmental Science (non-lab course) 3
G100 Fundamentals of Geology (non-lab course) 3
G101, G102, G103 Introduction to Geology I, II, III with lab 4-4-4
GEOG100 Introduction to Physical Geography (non-lab course) 3
GS104, GS106, GS107, GS108 Physical Science with lab 4-4-4-4
GS170 * Regional Field Studies with lab 4
PH201, PH202, PH203 General Physics I, II, III with lab and Recitation 5-5-5
PH211, PH212 , PH213 General Physics (Calculus Based) I, II, III with lab and Recitation 5-5-5
3 Approved Program Electives

(6-8 credits required)

Course No.
Course Title
BA214 Business Communications 4
CJ199 Special Topics/Criminal Justice variable  
CJ203 Crisis Intervention 3
CJ210 Criminal Investigation 4
CJ229 Community Corrections and Casework 4
CJ243 / SOC243 Drugs, Crime and Addiction 4
CJ280 Cooperative Work Experience/Criminal Justice 1-4
HDFS260 Child Abuse and Neglect 3
HPE295 Health and Fitness for Life or HE250 Personal Health 3
HUM101 Introduction to Humanities 4
PS202 U.S. Government II 3
PSY215 Life Span Human Development 4
PSY219 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology 4
SOC204 Introduction to Sociology 4
SOC205 American Society 4
SOC211 Social Deviance and Social Control 3
SOC213 Race and Ethnicity in the U.S. 4
SOC225 Social Problems and Solutions 4
SP115 Introduction to Intercultural Communication 4
WR227 Technical Writing (if not taken as part of general education core) 4

Note: Students who have graduated from high school or completed a high school equivalency program in 1997 or after must have the following requirement for admission to a four-year Oregon university: 1) Two years of the same high school-level world language, or 2) two terms of college-level world language with a grade of “C” or better (may be first-year world language, which can be used as elective credits on the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree). If students plan to complete a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree at a four-year school, they must have a proficiency in a world language regardless of when they graduated from high school or equivalency program.

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