Northwestern State, RPCC sign agreement for criminal justice programs

Staff Report

NATCHITOCHES - Northwestern State University and River Parishes Community College have agreed to enter into a memorandum of understanding for a 2+2 program between the two institutions covering criminal justice programs.

The 2+2 program will allow students to complete the Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice at River Parishes Community College and transfer all credit hours applied to the associate degree in partial fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice at NSU.  Northwestern State’s Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice is available over the internet. The university has a tuition exemption for students employed full-time as public safety officers.

This agreement provides an opportunity for River Parishes Community College students to transfer to a four-year institution that maximizes the RPCC courses and allows them to complete their degree in an efficient manner,” said Joe Morris,  head of the Department of Criminal Justice, History and Social Sciences at NSU.

The bachelor’s program in criminal justice has been ranked as one of the top programs in the U.S. based on the quality of its faculty and affordability. A degree can lead to positions in federal and state law enforcement, intelligence agencies, private security, customs and related fields.

Both institutions will work together to market the 2+2 agreement to prospective students.