Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice – Associate of Applied Science Degree

Criminal Justice is a multi-faceted field and the Criminal Justice Program provides you with opportunities to acquire and practice desired career skills such as empathy, active listening, and cultural competency to engage in ethical practices that promote human and professional growth, dignity, respect and self-determination. Candidates entering the program should have excellent organizational skills, the ability to work in a team (collaborative) setting, and a genuine desire to help others.

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Why choose this program?
  • Classes taught by an industry professional
  • Gain competence with high-demand industry skills
  • Career ready for jobs in high-demand positions
  • Combination of online and in-person classes

Career Opportunities

The Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice is designed to prepare graduates to enter occupations within the criminal justice field. Work in human services, social work, juvenile justice, law enforcement, corrections, parole and probation, criminal law, and the courts.


  • “I had some really great instructors. All of the staff were friendly, supportive, and willing to help in any way possible. I just really cherish my time at UCC.”
    Lieutenant Brad O’Dell
    Douglas County Sheriff's Office & UCC Alum
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  • "The skills and education that is gained in the criminal justice field will only help you be a better person, have a stronger skill set and be a more marketable candidate for whatever path you chose."
    Keith Yori
    Coordinator, Criminal Justice Program
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  • "The reserve academy was a huge turning point in my life and one of my biggest accomplishments. I wouldn't be in this career field without it."
    Kyle David
    Officer, Sutherlin Police Department
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  • "I'm the person I am today because of UCC. The College translates life skills to work skills."
    Brad O’Dell
    Douglas County Sheriff's Offices & UCC Alum
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  • "Since they've already worked on components of the Oregon Physical Agility Test, graduates are ready - both mentally and physically - to be officers around the state."
    Austin Kennedy
    Officer, Roseburg Police Department
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  • "I love that I am able to help improve my community through the work I do as a Parole & Probation Officer."
    Angela Garcia
    Adult Parole & Probation Officer, State of Oregon Department of Corrections
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More program info

Program description, outcomes and requirements are located in the Course Catalog.

Money for college

Between scholarships, grants, work study, and loans, students like you can qualify for thousands of dollars to help them reach their education goals.