Program Overview

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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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    School Overview

    Raritan Valley Community College is a public, two-year community college located in North Branch, New Jersey. The institution was originally founded in 1966 as Somerset County College. The college was renamed Raritan Valley Community College in 1987 when it became the official community college for two counties: Somerset and Hunterdon. The mission of RVCC is to be “ educational community that works to develop critical thinking, foster intellectual curiosity, promote leadership, encourage social responsibility, support personal growth, and sustain engaged citizenship within a diverse population of students and community members.”

    RVCC offers associate's degree programs and certificates. Several programs can be completed entirely online.


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