*The Criminal Justice Program at LBCC is no longer accepting new students. Continuing students have the 2023-2024 academic year to complete all Criminal Justice courses needed for the degree. Please get in touch with your advisor or LBCC's Advising Center for guidance on course selection. For new students interested in Criminal Justice careers, an AS or AAOT in Sociology, Psychology, or Communication are strong preparation and sought-after degrees for a career in criminal justice or entry to the Oregon Police Academy.
This program prepares LBCC students for a career in law enforcement. Most law enforcement agencies seek candidates with a two-year degree at minimum; many give preference to candidates with four-year degrees. With a large number of officers retiring in Oregon, the field faces a growing need for new candidates. In the meantime, specific areas of the field (such as crime analysis) are predicted to expand.
Cooperative Work Experience (CWE)
The CWE program allows Criminal Justice majors at LBCC to earn fully transferable, lower-division criminal justice college credit for working as interns in relevant organizations. Any publicly funded or private nonprofit agency involved in law, law enforcement, or corrections is eligible to host a CWE student. Some law firms and private, for-profit businesses may also qualify. Contact the Criminal Justice Department for further details.
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