Criminal Justice at River Valley is your first step into a career in the justice system. With a variety of courses designed to transfer to four-year institutions or start you on your specific career goals, our criminal justice degree is perfect for you. 


With professors who have working knowledge and hands-on experience in the field, you will be immersed in classes that excite you. Criminal Justice at River Valley is designed to get you into a thrilling career where every day is an adventure.

Career Options

  • Police Officer
  • Corrections Officer
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Justice System Worker
  • Fish and Game Warden
  • Liquor Investigator
  • Security Officer
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent

Related Degrees

  • Social Services
  • Liberal Art

The mission of the Associate in Science in Criminal Justice degree is to prepare students for employment in various criminal justice related areas such as police work, corrections, and the courts. The program also serves as a basis to transfer on to complete a baccalaureate degree. For those already in service, the program provides educational progress for promotion and other career development purposes. The Criminal Justice program prepares students by educating them in the fundamental concepts, knowledge, and practices of the field.

Program Goals

The goal of the Criminal Justice program provides students with an accessible, responsive learning environment that facilitates the achievement of educational, professional, and personal goals by offering quality higher education in an atmosphere that embraces academic excellence, diversity, and innovation.

Program Outcomes

Criminal Justice graduates will be effective and informed citizens who are prepared for careers in the field. Upon completion of the Criminal Justice program, students will have:

  • A practical working understanding of the Criminal Justice system and the major component segments: Law Enforcement, Courts and Corrections
  • Acquired a solid foundation in Criminal Law and Correctional Procedures, Psychology, Sociology, and Criminology, preparing them for career opportunities in Criminal Justice or related fields
  • An academic foundation if they later choose to advance to a Bachelor’s Degree program
  • Ability to communicate well in written English, speech, and mathematics, which is necessary for their careers
  • A practical education rounded with electives in the sciences, social sciences and humanities

Criminal Justice is an open enrollment program. We accept students once they are accepted to River Valley; no other requirements necessary. At RVCC, we believe all students should be able to complete a degree and be able to transfer or start their career as smoothly as possible.

If you have any questions about Criminal Justice, please request information or reach out to the faculty.

Total Credits:
61 – 63

Course Sequencing

Second Year: Spring Semester

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Total Credits:
61 – 63