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Criminal Justice, Public & Private Security, A.A.S.

Make a Difference: Pursue a Career in Criminal Justice

Hot on the trail of a career in criminal justice? Get off on the right foot with an associate degree from DCC. In four semesters you could be pursuing a career in law enforcement, corrections, security, and other positions at the municipal, state and federal levels.


Credits in criminal justice, law, psychology, and more.


Years of full-time study for most students (earning college credits in high school can save time)


After graduation — enter the workforce or transfer to complete a bachelor's degree

What You’ll Study in Our Criminal Justice Program

Whether you’re new to the field of criminal justice, or on the trail of advanced career skills, we offer you a balance of general, liberal arts and technical courses.

You’ll be well positioned to pursue careers in law enforcement, corrections, probation, parole, rehabilitation, industrial security and numerous other positions in related areas at the municipal, state and federal levels.


Sample Courses

GOV 121: The American National Experience
Learn about political and historical analysis, how government works, and the political process.

CRJ 206: Criminal and Scientific Investigation
Techniques, instruments, procedures and special problems concerning criminal investigation

CRJ 261: White Collar Crime
Explore offenses, offenders, victim concerns and organized efforts to control and prevent these crimes.


Where Do Criminal Justice Grads Go?

Erik Merrell

Get Involved While You're Here

The faculty and staff at DCC have helped me tremendously. All of the criminal justice professors I’ve met will do anything to help their students succeed.

Erik Merrell
Criminal Justice Transfer


What You'll Learn

Once you've successfully completed your A.S. degree in Criminal Justice Transfer, you'll be able to:

  • Identify the components of the Criminal Justice System including police courts and corrections;
  • Describe the Criminal Justice Process from incident, initial contact with law enforcement, through the trial process and sentencing;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of due process.

Students pursuing careers in criminal justice or related fields should be aware that certain aspects of health and/or character may be conditional to employment.

Contact Us

Office of Admissions

101 Orcutt Student Services Center
Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Phone: (845) 431-8010

53 Pendell Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601