Department Chair: Richard Kuiters
Department Secretary: Barbara Bliss
Room: A-306A
Phone: (201) 447-7143

Our Mission

The Bergen Community College Department of Criminal Justice and Legal provides a foundation for understanding the key components of criminal justice, homeland security, and emergency management. The department is dedicated to promoting critical thinking, communication, and analytical skills necessary for careers in public service.

The professional studies Associate of Science degree (A.S.)- criminal justice option prepares students to transfer into the junior year of a baccalaureate program in criminal justice or a related area. It provides a balanced and comprehensive overview of the nature and structure of the criminal justice system. Students will develop competency in interpersonal and group interactions. Career opportunities include Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement agencies, Federal, State Court/Judiciary, Federal, State, County and Private Correctional facilities, Corporate and Private Security firms.

Career Paths

The professional studies Associate of Science degree (A.S.)- criminal justice option is designed to provide students with the coursework needed to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. The curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a pathway to careers including criminal justice, law, and law enforcement. Students can take coursework and concentrated options in criminal justice. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with Bergen Community College faculty and Career Services as they begin to explore career options. Students can also utilize Career Coach, a resource provided by Bergen, to explore degree programs and corresponding careers https://bergen.emsicc.com.

Transfer Opportunities

Students pursuing the professional studies Associate of Science degree (A.S.) in criminal justice can transfer into majors, such as criminal justice, law, and legal studies. Students are encouraged to work closely with Bergen Community College faculty and Advising Transfer Services. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution in NJ can explore the “Transfer Programs” feature on NJ Transfer https://njtransfer.org.

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