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Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) offers an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice for professionals who are seeking to have a leading role in criminal justice. This liberal-arts based transfer program is designed to introduce students to the methods for dealing with unlawful behavior. The 61-63 credit curriculum includes courses in criminology, psychology, criminal law, criminal procedure, juvenile delinquency, ethics and more. Although this degree is offered online, a few of the required courses may be only offered onsite at the college. However, RVCC assures that at least 85 percent of the courses are offered online.
During the program students will discuss the natures of crimes and offenses based on major theories and current issues. Students learn the functions, duties and roles of law enforcement at various levels in the criminal justice system. Students compare and contrast contemporary perspectives on the legal principles, theories and challenges inherent in the criminal justice system. Students also get practical, hands-on experience. With access to RVCC’s computer laboratories, students develop their skills in law enforcement computer programs. The program also provides students the opportunity to participate in a work experience at any agency of the criminal justice system, so they can be prepared to make their career choice after graduation. Graduates of the program have secured positions in parole and probation, private security, corrections, and federal, state and local police agencies.
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