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Associate of Science Criminal Justice

"Go to college. Get an education. Understand the law, the profession and our constitution so you understand your responsibility to the people and the trust you are granted – and to stay true to it."
-Sheriff Dave Brown


Students pursuing a career in Criminal Justice have several career options in public and private corrections and law enforcement arenas. Law enforcement officers may be responsible for protection of life and property, prevention of crimes, and the arrest of violators. Corrections officers may be responsible for maintaining discipline and order in prisons, jails, detention centers, and halfway houses through the supervision and control of residents. Management opportunities in criminal justice and criminal justice administration can include local, state, and federal agency work. Persons competing for entry-level criminal justice employment will generally be required to complete an employment application, written and oral exam, drug and psychological screening, background investigation, polygraph, medical exam and physical ability/agility testing.

The Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice is a program that concentrates on the applied skills associated with law enforcement and corrections. Students completing the program


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

  • Identify the characteristics of professional integrity and ethical standards for Oregon criminal justice professionals.
  • Describe and relate the constitutional rights and responsibilities of citizens, offenders, and victims as they apply to state, federal, and procedural laws.
  • Describe the processes and technology used to gather, investigate, manage, and report information the criminal justice field.
  • Identify the legal responsibilities of criminal professionals as they relate to cultural diversity establishing positive community


Students must complete with a minimum Average (GPA) of 2.0 (C) average or better.

All courses in this program must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better.

Courses that are developmental in nature, designed to prepare students for college transfer courses, are not applicable to this degree.

Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (i.e., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).

Criminal Justice Course Descriptions link

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