Criminal Justice Studies, A.A.

Degree Awarded

  • Associate of Arts

Nature of Program

The Associate of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice Studies Program provides students with the opportunity to complete the first two years of a criminal justice program and to transfer those credits into a four-year program. The program also allows students to earn a degree that will improve their employability in the law enforcement and corrections areas of criminal justice. The program can also be used by existing law enforcement and corrections personnel for the purpose of job enhancement.

Career Opportunities

Students with this degree often secure positions in municipal, county, or state law enforcement; and in institutional (jails and prisons) and community corrections. Entry-level federal law enforcement positions can be secured with completion of a bachelor’s degree.

Admissions Requirements

Entering freshmen are admitted directly into the major.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

GEF Elective Requirements (2, 6, and 7)9
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
6
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3
Intro Concepts Of Mathematics
College Algebra 5-Day
College Algebra 4-Day
College Algebra 3-Day
COMM 104Public Communication (GEF 5)3
CS 101Intro to Computer Applications (GEF 2)4
HIST 101Western Civilization: Antiquity to 1600 (GEF 8)3
or HIST 152 Growth of the American Nation to 1865
HIST 102Western Civilization: 1600 to Present (GEF 8)3
or HIST 153 Making of Modern America: 1865 to the Present
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology (GEF 8)3
SOCA 101Introduction to Sociology (GEF 4)3
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
CJ 101Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJ 212Abnormal Behavior & Crisis Intervention3
CJ 240Correctional Counseling3
Select one of the following:3
Police Operations
Introduction to Corrections
Elective10
Total Hours60

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
CJ 1013CJ 2123
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3CS 101 (GEF 2)4
 PSYC 101 (GEF 8)3
 Elective3
  
  
SOCA 101 (GEF 4)3 
GEF Elective (GEF 7)3 
WVUE 1911 
 16 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CJ 111 or 2063HIST 102 or 1533
COMM 104 (GEF 5)3GEF Elective (GEF 6)3
HIST 101 or 152 (GEF 8)3Elective3
CJ 2403Elective3
GEF Elective - Natural Science (GEF 2)3Elective1
 15 13
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Goals

criminal justice studies, A.A.

  • The student will be able to identify the role and responsibilities of a criminal justice professional in all areas of criminal justice.
  • The student will be able to identify the basic components of the criminal justice system.
  • The student will be able to identify behaviors which violate the criminal code.
  • The student will be able to communicate clearly and effectively in both written and verbal formats.
  • The student will be able to perform individually and within groups
  • The student will be able to identify and evaluate the theories of criminal behavior in both adult and juvenile criminal arenas.
  • The student will be able to demonstrate the investigative techniques.
  • The student will be able to work well with others and be understanding of personal differences.
  • The student will be able to analyze and explain the adjudicatory process.
  • The student will be able to evaluate issues of Constitutional law and identify individual rights.
  • The student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of criminal procedures.

Faculty

Chair

  • Dr. Heidi B. Samuels - Ed.D.
    West Virginia University

Associate professor

  • Dr. Heidi B. Samuels - Ed.D.
    West Virginia University

Assistant professor

  • Nicklaus H. Goff - Doctor of Jurisprudence
    West Virginia University