Rowan College at Gloucester County

Criminal Justice (A.S.)


This program provides an excellent foundation for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. The program is structured to present the student with exploratory academic experiences in criminal justice.

Program Goals

Students who have completed the program will demonstrate the ability and skill to:

  • Describe the criminal justice system

  • Explain crime and criminological theories

  • Explain crime sources, trends and outcomes

  • Articulate criminological theories

  • Demonstrate current methods used to collect and analyze evidence


Rowan College welcomes students seeking a post-secondary education. Admission to this program is open to applicants who are high school graduates, High School Equivalency (HSE) recipients or others who can benefit from the instruction offered. High school students may be considered for early admission or the High School Option program. Applications are accepted from residents of other New Jersey counties and other states and countries.

Program Classes

Students may download the Program Requirements to view a semester-by-semester breakdown of the required classes and electives for this program.


The RCGC Catalog provides class descriptions.

The Class Schedule Listing shows the availability of classes for each semester.

Program Advisor
Current students please visit to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor. Future students please visit to learn more about how to get started.
NOTE: Students involved with other groups (Educational Opportunity Fund, Student Athlete, etc.) report to that advisor.

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Download Program Requirements


Transfer Opportunities

Through the College’s new premier partnership with Rowan University and other college partnership programs, students are admitted concurrently to Rowan College and one of its partnering universities —​ immediately beginning their studies toward an advanced degree. 

In addition, the College also maintains 75 program articulation agreements with four-year institutions. After successfully completing an associate degree, students have the option to transfer to the university or college of their choice.

Some of students in this program have transferred to the following four-year institutions:

  • Fairleigh Dickinson University

  • University of Delaware

  • University of Maryland​

Students may visit the Career and Academic Planning (CAP) Center to discuss transfer options.

Career Opportunities

Students who successfully complete this program will qualify for employment as:

  • Police officers

  • Corrections officers

  • Detectives and criminal investigators

U.S. News & World Report rates jobs in the criminal justice field in U.S. News' 100 Best Jobs.

Students may visit the CA​P Center to discuss career options.

The content and requirements of the program requirements may be altered at any time at the discretion of the College. The program requirements were checked for accuracy at the time of publishing but should not be considered a contract between the College and the student.