Criminal Justice

Associate of Science

Division: Business, Social and Behavioral Science, and Professional/Public Service

Division Chair: Kristie deRuiter,

Department Chair: Kevin Barrett,

Department Support Staff: Collette Gercken,

Department Office: Technology Center, Room 8240, Phone: 845-574-4298

Why Study Criminal Justice?

Criminal Justice is one of the fastest-growing fields today. The Associate of Science in Criminal Justice provides instruction in the area of law enforcement and the social sciences, allowing the student to gain a basic understanding of the workings of the criminal justice system and its role in our society. Students who wish to further their education may transfer to a four-year institution to complete a baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice or other related areas.

Related disciplines include Corporate and Homeland Security, Fire Science Technology and Emergency Management.

Degrees Offered:

Occupational Objectives:

The criminal justice system consists of police departments, the courts system and departments of corrections, and offers employment opportunities at the local, state and federal levels of government as well as private/nonprofit settings. The associate’s degree in Criminal Justice prepares graduates for entry-level careers as police officers, corrections officers and court supportive services. In therapeutic environments, there are positions as victim/witness advocates, counselors, and youth specialists. Many opportunities also exist in corporate security and retail security operations.

5 Top Reasons

To Study Criminal Justice at RCC:

  1. FACULTY: Learn from instructors who have advanced academic degrees and extensive experience in all aspects of the criminal justice field.
  2. VALUE: Affordable tuition for a quality education. Scholarships and financial aid are available.
  3. CONVENIENT: Courses are offered online; day and night flexible course scheduling.
  4. TRANSFER: Agreements with four-year colleges offer seamless transitions. This curriculum meets the core requirements for baccalaureate degrees in criminal justice or the social sciences.
  5. SUPPORT: Small class sizes, individual attention, free tutoring.

Opportunities at Rockland Community College:

RCC’s Criminal Justice instructors are active or retired professionals with extensive work experience in all aspects of the field of criminal justice. Students have opportunities to intern with various agencies in order to apply and add to their academic learning. Courses are offered with great scheduling flexibility, during the day, evening and weekend, with many also available online.

Program Goals:

The goal of the program is to provide students with an accessible, responsive learning environment that facilitates the achievement of educational, professional, and personal goals by offering quality higher education and training in an atmosphere that embraces academic excellence, diversity and innovation.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Identify the various facets of the United States Criminal Justice system in today's global society.
  • Develop a variety of skills related to the core concepts in Criminal Justice including critical thinking, reasoning, and problem solving skills.
  • Develop effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Evaluate the impact of diversity in the Criminal Justice system.
  • Examine the importance of ethics and ethical behavior in the achievement of justice.