Why Study Criminal Justice?
Criminal Justice and the protection of our nation’s critical infrastructure are fast-growing fields. The associate degree in Criminal Justice provides instruction in the area of law enforcement, allowing the student to understand the workings of the criminal justice system.
The Corporate and Homeland Security degree is designed to provide students with the information and issues surrounding the protection of our nation’s infrastructure (energy, transportation, telecommunications, agriculture, etc.). Principles of protection, investigation, and concepts relating to industrial espionage and competitive intelligence are also explored.
An Associate of Science (AS) degree provides a solid foundation for those who plan to transfer to a four-year college.
Degree Tracks & Course Sequence
Criminal Justice – 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 in law enforcement, corrections 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.
Corporate and Homeland Security – Provides students with the information about issues surrounding the protection of our nation’s critical infrastructure (energy, transportation, telecommunications, agriculture, etc.). Principles of protection, investigation, and concepts relating to industrial espionage and competitive intelligence are also explored in the field of corporate and homeland security. Students completing this degree will be prepared to transfer to a four-year institution to continue their education and career goals.
Earn a BS and an MPA in Criminal Justice in 5 years through RCC’s Partnership with St. Thomas Aquinas College!
- Associate of Science in Criminal Justice (RCC) (2 years)
- Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (STAC) (2 years)
- Master of Public Administration-Criminal Justice (STAC) (1 year)
- Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) and Master of Public Administration (M.P. A.-CJ) from St. Thomas Aquinas College
This accelerated, combined degree program at St. Thomas Aquinas College is designed to allow RCC students to obtain a Master’s in Public Administration-Criminal Justice in as little as 3 years after transferring to STAC. In addition to tuition incentives, students will be able to enter the workforce sooner through an accelerated program. The MPA program prepares students for a variety of professional careers, including those found in government, public service, and the non-profit sector both in criminal justice agencies and more broadly.
Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from RCC Required: YES
General Agreement Highlights
- Students must graduate with an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice from Rockland Community College (RCC) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in order to be eligible.
- Students who meet the above requirements will be guaranteed acceptance to St. Thomas Aquinas College, will meet with and by advised by the MPA-CJ Program Director, and will transfer with junior standing.
- RCC graduates will qualify for a 2+2+1 Transfer Student Scholarship for full-time study leading toward the MPA-CJ.
- All transfer credits will be applied toward the completion of the articulated Bachelor of Science degree program in Criminal Justice.
- Students must register at the receiving institution as full-time, matriculated students
- Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress towards the degree, a cumulative GPA of 3.0, and a full-time matriculated status. (See graduate catalog for description of academic progress.)
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Graduates of Rockland Community College are provided with a clear path to meaningful careers that meet the needs of businesses and industry in the communities we serve. Our students are trained in specific skills that are needed by employers, and guided through a career path that leads directly to workforce opportunities. With affordable tuition, students who begin their college careers at RCC are ready to meet the demands of the real world.
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Students who complete this degree program may find positions in the private sector with business corporations and security firms, as well as many government agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Security Officer, Criminal investigator, Security Specialist, Case Manager, Investigator, Detective, and Intake Specialist
Department of Homeland Security, Government, Private Security, Justice Agencies, Correctional Facilities, Attorney Offices, and Higher Education
Detective and Criminal Investigator
Employment and wage data by occupation are based on the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, which collects information from approximately 51,000 businesses. labor.ny.gov
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Rockland Community College, State University of New York, offers a safe, supportive learning environment for thousands of students from diverse backgrounds. RCC has become the “first choice” for parents and students. Thanks to our affordable tuition, students can save $100,000 on a college education by starting at RCC and transferring to outstanding four-year colleges.