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Criminal Justice

Course Requirements
ID Title Class Lab Credits
Fall Semester (year 1)
ENGL102R College Composition (Accuplacer) 3 0 3
PSYC101R Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
BCPT101R Introduction to Computer Applications 2 3 3
CRMJ101R Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 0 3
CRMJ212R Criminal Justice Communication 3 0 3
CRMJ111R Criminal Law 3 0 3
Spring Semester (year 1)
ENGLxxx English Elective 3 0 3
SOSC101R Introduction to Sociology 3 0 3
CRMJ102R Criminal Procedure 3 0 3
CRMJ112R Introduction to Juvenile Justice Administration 3 0 3
CRMJ210R Drugs and the Law 3 0 3
Fall Semester (year 2)
SOSC201R Contemporary Social Problems 3 0 3
SCIxxx Science Elective (Lab) 4 0 4
CRMJ201R Criminology 3 0 3
CRMJ204R Crisis Intervention in Criminal Justice 3 0 3
Spring Semester (year 2)
MATHxxx Mathematics Elective 4 0 4
XXXXxxx Humanities/Fine Arts/World Language Elective 3 0 3



Forensic and Scientific Aspects of Evidence
Forensic Psychology











CRMJ211R Justice and the Community 3 0 3





Criminal Justice Internship*


Senior Project*













XXXXxxx Open Elective 3 0 3

Prerequisite & Co-requisites are listed in parentheses.

* Students may take either CRMJ290R or CRMJ291R.  Please see the advisor prior to registration.

Associate in Science Degree

For more information about this program, please contact Aimee Jahn at ajahn@ccsnh.edu or 603-542-7744 x5404. 

The program of study is offered in Claremont, Keene and on-line. The 65 credits [21 required classes] may be completed by full time students in two years. Students’ may also option for dual enrollment at Granite State College to continue on to a bachelor’s or master’s degree after completion of the associate degree. This program of study is designed to meet the standards of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. No award of academic credit will be given for criminal justice courses for life experience, for military, police academy, or other professional training in compliance with the ACJS standard D-3.

The faculty and advisory board members are experienced practitioners in the Executive, Legislative and Judiciary Branches of Government. This Board selects and confers for New Hampshire, The Michael C. Briggs Award for outstanding service given to active duty justice professionals.

Our graduates and students from Vermont and New Hampshire are full time and part time police officers, correctional officers, completing four year undergraduate degrees, active military and serve in key local justice support roles. Since 2008, ten of our graduates have been awarded the Earl Sweeney Award for public service, strength of character and academic achievement while attending River Valley Community College. Our students are hired for full time and part positions because of our quality instruction while still being the most affordable coursework in all of NH. Rigorous and demanding class effort gives RVCC Criminal Justice Majors the edge over other applicants. Police Chiefs and Boards of Review ask for more of our woman and male students to fill new vacancies.

Candidates considering attending RVCC for CJ should possess certain qualities, including strong ethical sensibility, an interest in promoting justice, the ability to be highly observant, interest to learn the law and legal system, leadership skills, developing writing skills, the ability to think quickly, mathematical skills for today’s evolving science and technology requirements and have the ability to handle stress while being a genuine person.

To Recapitulate with More Detail

 A professional in the field of criminal justice must possess a strong ethical sensibility, since he or she works to promote adherence to laws and to prevent law-breaking, as well as determining consequences for those who do not follow the law. An interest in promoting justice is highly desirable in someone who works in the criminal justice system. As a person who upholds and enforces the tenets of the criminal justice system, a criminal justice professional must respect and believe in this system.

Someone who works in the criminal justice profession must also be highly observant, able to notice changes in people that many others would not notice. He or she must be able to determine whether a behavior is suspicious, whether an environment is safe, and whether a certain course of action is acceptable. In addition, a criminal justice professional must possess knowledge of the legal system and a

familiarity with legal issues in order to be able to enforce these laws. Leadership skills are also desirable in the criminal justice professional, as these professionals regularly make decisions regarding others. A criminal justice professional should inspire confidence in the community, where he or she plays a central role.

.....a DUI police report averages about seven to nine, single spaced pages…..

Communication skills are paramount to success in the criminal justice field. Professionals in the field should possess excellent writing and speaking skills because they must be able to give suggestions to employees, give orders to people over whom they have authority, and explain clearly to the community what legal issues are involved. They must be able to speak effectively and with confidence and authority. In addition, a professional in the criminal justice field must be able to write clearly and effectively. He or she will be writing anything from a press release to parole orders and therefore must be comfortable with a wide variety of writing styles and requirements.

The ability to think quickly is helpful in almost all professions; however, it is of the utmost importance in the criminal justice field. Employees will be working in institutions where decisions must be made quickly. In order to act in an effective manner, a professional must possess the ability to assess a situation and make a decision about the next recommended course of action. Often it is in the interest of public safety that these decisions be made quickly as possible.

Finally, although most careers include some level of stress, a career in the field of criminal justice may be considered more stressful than many other careers. In a career that deals with public safety, law enforcement, crime and punishment, and legal maneuvers, stress is inescapable. A professional working in the field of criminal justice absolutely must be able to deal with the personal stress of the job in a healthy manner while performing his or her duties effectively and safely.

…..According to a study by the International Chiefs of Police Association, only 8% of all calls relate to public order that typically is featured in the media; …..All others require skills of empathy, respect and being a genuine person; the hardest is being genuine…...

River Valley Community College serves as the center for the twenty one members of the Western NH Police Testing Alliance. Other NH testing locations may be accessed through the NH Police Standards and Training Council web site. Two hundred and twenty two additional departments are notified of applicant test scores.

If you are interested in being a criminal justice major, apply for admission to the college and take the ACCUPLACER exam. With these exam results in hand, e-mail the Program Director for an advisory interview, course selection or additional inquiry at ajahn@ccsnh.edu. All students are advised to complete writing and mathematics before the regimen of second level, 200 numbered criminal justice classes.

2014-2015 Faculty, Student, Graduate, & Advisory Board Members: Honorable Paul S. Berch Esq. NH House [VT Public Defender RET] Captain Edwin F. Bourassa Jr. [Keene RET], Karen Brousseau-Allard [Graduate], Hon. Edward J. Burke [8th Circuit Court Justice], Professor Delmar D. Burridge, Swanzey Officer Keith Clark [Graduate] Alstead Chief Marcello D’Alessandro, Professor Peggy J. DeStefano Esq., Honorable Daniel A. Eaton, NH House, Finance Chair [Stoddard Chief, RET], Officer Jessica L. Ellis [Student], Professor David Legere Esq., Peter W. Heed Esq., [former Attorney General & County Attorney ], Steve J. Karaffa [Chester VT Chief RET], Keene Chief Kenneth J. Meola, Cheshire County Attorney Christopher D. McLaughlin,  Officer Alexander T. Remolador [VT Department of Corrections], Cheshire County High Sheriff Eliezer Rivera, Claremont Chief Alexander W. Scott Esq., Adjunct Instructor / Officer Jonathan F. Stewart [Keene], Hanover Officer Christopher D. Swain [Student], Chief Art Walker [Keene RET]., Goshen Officer Russell Lamson [RET State Police], Walpole Chief Michael J Paquette 2nd. Saved as “Criminal Justice Associate Degree Program.doc” at Starlight 07/07/2014



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