Criminal Justice Degrees and Certificates
COCC offers students four options within the criminal justice
New to the criminal justice program, these five proficiency areas
offer students a way to focus their electives. Upon completion of
the electives in the different areas, the student will receive a
signed training document from the department detailing the classes
completed in each specific area.
Completion: The statewide one-year certificate program
with concentration in juvenile corrections is specifically designed
for individuals who want to work directly with juvenile offenders
in various settings. These settings may include Oregon Youth
Authority (OYA) as well as other public, private and nonprofit
agencies/programs. A criminal background check is required to
complete the one-year certificate or the two-year degree. The
criminal background check is also a requirement for any job in the
criminal justice field.
Associate of Applied Science
degree: This degree is designed for those students who
wish to pursue a career in law enforcement or corrections. Most
city and state law enforcement and correctional facilities require
a high school diploma or GED. In Oregon, the competition for these
jobs is intense. A college education is almost always a minimum
requirement for the application process.
The Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer
degree meets the State of Oregon Transfer degree
requirements allowing students to transfer to an Oregon public
university and some out-of-state universities having met all
lower-division general education requirements; with the appropriate
course planning, all lower division major requirements may also be
met. Students should work closely with an advisor to select the
best degree option and review specific transfer requirements.