Criminal Justice

THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROGRAM allows students to investigate careers in the criminal justice field while gaining the skills and knowledge needed to be prepared for entry-level work:

  • Knowledge of the law

  • Community relations

  • Departmental procedures

  • Leadership skills

  • Physical stamina/Physical strength

  • Communication skills/Report writing

STUDENTS IN THE PROGRAM will be provided with hands-on opportunities to learn and demonstrate proficiency through projects, labs, and skills assessments. Students will participate in mock trials, forensics labs, as well as internship and job shadowing opportunities for authentic work experiences. Students have the opportunity to receive college credits through Roger Williams University.

Students in the program have access to cutting-edge equipment such as: DNA Analysis.

Required & Recommended Courses


  • Introduction to Criminal Justice*

  • Law & Society*

  • Forensics*


  • AP Psychology* or Psychology & Sociology

  • Introduction to Municipal Law

  • Campaigns & Elections

  • AP US Government & Politics

  • PLTW Principles of Biomedical Science

  • Strength & Conditioning

*College credit available

Credentials & Certifications

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice and the Law Certificate (with successful completion of two additional RWU courses through the Advanced Course Network)

  • Precision Exam

Work-Based Learning Requirements

In our increasingly complex global society, CTE students are expected to be prepared to enter the workforce of the future by participating in a continuum of purposeful Work-Based Learning (WBL) activities that align with their CTE Programs. WBL experiences can include an industry project, a school-based enterprise, a service-learning project, or an internship.

WBL connects the CTE Program with the real world of work by providing students with the opportunity to interact with professionals in business and industry while applying what they are learning in the classroom. Through their involvement in WBL activities, students will also develop and demonstrate essential employability skills, such as responsibility, collaboration and communication, that are applicable in all work environments.

National Technical Honor Society (NTHS)

The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) recognizes outstanding student achievement in Career and Technical Education (CTE) and encourages educational excellence, skill development, and workforce readiness.

Criminal Justice Program Eligibility Criteria:

  • Overall unweighted GPA of 3.0 or greater

  • Program unweighted GPA of 3.5 or greater

  • Enrolled in a CTE Program

  • Successfully completes three CTE courses (2.5 - 3 credits) in the Criminal Justice Program and is currently enrolled in the fourth level course.

  • A score of Proficient on the Criminal Justice Precision Exam

  • Complete eighty cumulative hours of Work-Based Learning (WBL)

  • Maintains an advisor-approved SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience)


  • Special recognition at Graduation

  • NTHS scholarships

  • Other unique member privileges

  • Resume builder

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RI Pathway Endorsement

Seniors enrolled in a CTE Program are encouraged to base their Senior Passion Project on their CTE Program.

Senior Passion Projects based on the student’s CTE Program are required to qualify for the RI Pathway Endorsement Council Designation.

Program Summary at a Glance

For more information about this program contact the Career Programs Supervisor at or 401-710-7579.

Click here to view the Criminal Justice Program Flyer.