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Criminal Justice





Criminal Justice

Business and Information Technology Division

Program Chair: Dr. Kevin Barrett, 574-4320

Administrative Assistant: Ms. Dreizel Kaploun

Department Telephone: 574-4298

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Full-Time Faculty: Cliff Ader, Kevin Barrett, and Patricia Szobonya

Adjunct Faculty: Victor Alfieri, Hugh Lennon, Lora Mosca, Cathleen M. Sampath, Tim Mante, Clarke Osborn, Joe Conjura, Andrew McDonagh, Kishon Hickman, Joe Cassidy, Ann Marie Connell, Thomas Finlayson, Barbara Stio, Thomas Ottina, Mary Murphy, Richard Vasquez, Jim O'Neil, Chris Martinez and Craig Williams.

The following degrees are offered by this program:

Criminal Justice (AS)

Corporate and Homeland Security (AS)

Emergency Management (AAS) - The courses for this degree are only offered online

The coordinator for both the Corporate and Homeland Security and the Emergency Management degrees is Andrew McDonagh


Why Study Criminal Justice?

Criminal Justice is one of the fastest growing industries today. The Associates Degree in Criminal Justice provides instruction in the area of law enforcement and the social sciences, allowing the student to gain a basic understanding of the workings of the criminal justice system and its role in our society.  Students who wish to further their education may transfer to a four-year institution to complete a baccalaureate degree in criminal justice or other related areas.


Occupational Opportunities:

The Criminal Justice System which consists of policing, the courts, and corrections offers many employment opportunities at the local, state and federal levels of government as well as private/non-profit settings. The Associates Degree in Criminal Justice will align the learner with opportunities in various entry level careers in roles such as police officer, correction officer and court supportive services.  Additional opportunities exist in therapeutic environments such as counselor, youth specialist and juvenile detention officer. Due to the expansive needs of increased security, many opportunities exist in corporate security, retail security operations, and security technology.


Program Goals:

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

Rockland Community College and Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice faculty are all active or retired professionals who have extensive work experience in all aspects of the field of Criminal Justice and are members of a host of industry-based and academic organizations. Students have the opportunity to intern with various agencies in order to apply the knowledge gleaned from their learning experience.

In keeping with the spirit of the open access learning paradigm of community colleges, the criminal justice program welcomes all applicants who are interesting in this growing field.  The program is geared towards recent high school graduates, adult learners, working professionals in the field, those seeking career change and members/veterans of the armed services.  Our courses are offered during the day, evening, weekend and many are available online.


5 Top Reasons You Should Study Criminal Justice at RCC

  1. Faculty: Learn from faculty with a combination of practical work experience in the field and advanced academic degrees.
  2. Affordability/Accessibility: RCC offers low cost education that is open to all applicants seeking a real world experience in the area of criminal justice.  We are located in close proximity to New York City and conveniently accessible to our neighboring counties.  The opportunity to learn from home is cost efficient is available as many of our courses are offered online courses.
  3. Transfer agreements with four-year colleges: The degree meets the core requirements for baccalaureate degrees in criminal justice and the social sciences, with all credits accepted that are taken at RCC.
  4. Course Scheduling:  No matter your responsibilities, educational growth is available in-class at various times and days and online.
  5. Career-focused:  In addition to the career services offered at the institution, the criminal justice program offers a host of career focused activities and industry based information sharing regarding career opportunities. 
What Former Students Are Saying About Rockland Community College:
"RCC gave me a good base for my further education, particularly the criminal justice courses. The instructors went out of their way to help."-- Clarke Osborn, Class of ’92, Chief of Police, Village of Suffern, and RCC adjunct faculty, Criminal Justice.
For more information about earning your Associate in Science degree in Criminal Justice at Rockland Community College, call 845-574-4298 today!


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