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Associate of Applied Science Degree
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 through the Placement Process. A Criminal Justice program advisor must provide advising and approval of a student’s program prior to registration. In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

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 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 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 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
RD90 College Reading or designated placement score 0-4
CIS/CS Approved Computer Information Science or Computer Science class, CS120/CIS120 or above or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years 1 0-2
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing or designated placement score 0-3
  Total Prerequisite Credits 0-9
Required Courses
Course No.
Course Title
CJ100 Foundations and Ethics in Criminal Justice 4
CJ110 Introduction to Law Enforcement (ROLEA credits may be substituted with advisor approval) 4
CJ120 Introduction to Judicial Process 4
CJ130 Introduction to Corrections 4
CJ200 / SOC244 Introduction to Criminology 4
CJ201 / SOC221 Juvenile Delinquency 4
CJ214 Crime, Justice and Diversity 4
CJ220 Substantive Law and Liability (ROLEA credits may be substituted with advisor approval) 4
CJ221 Constitutional Criminal Procedure 4
CJ223 Evidence and Trial Process 4
CJ270 Capstone Project in Criminal Justice 4
CJ280 Cooperative Work Experience/Criminal Justice (ROLEA credits may be substituted with advisor approval) 4
COMM111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking or 
COMM218 Interpersonal Communication
HE112 Emergency First Aid or
HE261 CPR/Basic Life Support Provider (ROLEA credits may be substituted with advisor approval)
LIB127 Introduction to Library Research Methods 1
MTH60 Fundamentals of Algebra I or 
MTH63 Applied Algebra I or
 BT160 Business Math or higher level math (MTH105 or higher recommended for transfer)
PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations 2 or
BT101 Human Relations in Organizations
PSY201 General Psychology I 4
WR121 English Composition I 4
_____ Approved social science elective (see catalog for approved list of electives) 9-12
_____ Approved program elective 3 12
Total Program Credits 90-93

1 Required for graduation.

2 Recommended and/or required course for students pursuing the Bachelor of Applied Science degree at SOU. See advisor for details.

3 Approved Program Electives (12 credits required)

Note: Students using ROLEA credits to fulfill program requirements should see an advisor for further information and application.

Course No.
Course Title
BA101 Introduction to Business (acceptable if taken for 3 credits) 4
BA214 Business Communications 4
BA226 Business Law 4
BT111 Conflict Management 2
CJ191 ROLEA Module 1 4
CJ192 ROLEA Module 2 4
CJ193 ROLEA Module 3 4
CJ194 ROLEA Module 4 4
CJ195 ROLEA Module 5 4
CJ196 ROLEA Module 6 4
CJ197 ROLEA Module 7 4
CJ198 ROLEA Module 8 4
CJ199 Special Studies: Criminal Justice variable
CJ203 Crisis Intervention 3
CJ210 Criminal Investigation 4
CJ229 Community Corrections and Casework 4
CJ243 / SOC243 Drugs, Crime and Addiction 4
ES205 Crisis Management 3
HDFS260 Child Abuse and Neglect 3
PS201, PS202, PS203 U.S. Government I, II, III 3-3-3
PSY202 General Psychology II 4
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
Criminal Justice Experience and Inservice Training
Up to 18 credits may be applied to the Criminal Justice AAS degree program for students that have completed certified law enforcement or corrections academies, and inservice training in criminal justice fields in recognition of career experiences. See a program adviser for more information.

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

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