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Criminal Justice

This program is designed primarily for students who plan to attend four-year baccalaureate programs, but approximately one-half of the graduates of this program have successfully found full-time employment in criminal justice-related field upon completion of the two-year degree. Graduates of two and four-year degree programs are employed in a variety of professional positions by federal, state, county, and municipal agencies as well as private security and loss prevention.

Upon completion of the Criminal Justice program, graduates will be able to:

  • Foster critical thinking and problem- Solving skills necessary to become a successful criminal justice professional.
  • Achieve an understanding of the criminal justice system in the United States, including the legal constraints needed to make informed decisions in the field.
  • Encourage students to become agents of change in the criminal justice system through leadership skills and community involvement.
  • Identify and describe the primary characteristics of the Police, the Courts and Corrections in today’s American society.
  • Transfer to an accredited four-year program in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Public Safety or related field.
  • Obtain an entry-level position in a Criminal Justice related field or if already a Criminal Justice Professional, advance in position and rank.

Join the new A.S.I.S.T. (ASSISTANCE, SAFETY and INFORMATION STUDENT TEAM) Act as the eyes and ears for the Campus and assist in providing a safe and secure campus as well as providing “ambassador” or guide services on campus.

Transfer Options

The Criminal Justice AS at SCCC is designed for students who wish to transfer into 4-year Bachelor of Science programs. In September 2008, the governor and state legislature created a law that established a statewide transfer agreement for students transferring with a degree from a New Jersey community college to a New Jersey public four-year college or university. Students can now seamlessly transfer their academic credits from a completed community college Associate of Arts (A.A.) to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or from a completed Associate of Science (A.S.) to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree program at New Jersey’s public four-year colleges and universities. Our Counseling & Advising Center can help you with transfer questions. More information on this opportunity is available at

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