Criminal Justice

Program Type

Associate in Applied Science

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About the Program

This career path provides the opportunity to make a positive impact in your community by promoting safety and security. You will gain experience and additional training and education with opportunities to advance into areas of specialization and management within your field of work.

What can I do with this degree?

Potential Careers & Wages

Opportunities include positions in law enforcement, crime prevention, probation, corrections, court records, communications/dispatch, and security/loss prevention.

Program Pathways

Students should meet with an Academic Advisor to develop a clear pathway leading to a seamless transfer experience or transition to the workforce. For additional possibilities that may require an advanced degree or certification, make an appointment with an Academic Advisor.

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It is important for students to consider their career goals when they begin course work in the Criminal Justice Program. Since the degree is also designed for limited transfer to select four-year schools, future educational plans should be considered when building course schedules. Some students have career and academic plans that are more directed towards transfer to a four-year school to earn a Bachelor’s degree in a Criminal Justice related field. For these students, completion of RVC’s Criminal Justice A.A.S. degree may not be the best choice. Instead, these students should consider completion of an Associate of Arts degree at Rock Valley College, using selected transferable courses from the CRM curriculum as electives toward the degree. 

Sample transfer guides are available for this program in the Academic Advising office located on the second floor of the Student Center on Main Campus.

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