Criminal Justice Studies, A.A.S.

Degree Awarded

  • Associate of Applied Science

Nature of Program

The Associate of Applied Science In Criminal Justice Studies Degree provides students—both traditional and non-traditional—with the opportunity to complete a marketable two-year degree in criminal justice. The program is designed to train men and women in law enforcement, probation and parole, and corrections. This program is also designed for those people currently working in the criminal justice system—police officers; corrections officers; juvenile, probation, and parole officers; and plant, public, and private security officers.

Graduates of this program may apply for admission to the Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) in Criminal Justice.

Career Opportunities

Students with this degree can secure entry-level positions in municipal, county, state, and some federal law enforcement agencies; private investigations; and private security.

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 Requirement (GEF 8)3
ENGL 101Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric (GEF 1)3
MATH 121Intro Concepts Of Mathematics (GEF 3)3
COMM 104Public Communication (GEF 5)3
CS 101Intro to Computer Applications (GEF 2)4
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology (GEF 4)3
PSYC 281Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (GEF 7)3
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
CJ 101Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJ 202Principles of Criminal Law3
CJ 225Criminal Procedure and Constitutional Law3
CJ 230Probation and Parole Operations3
CJ 245Adjudication Process3
CJ 285Criminal Justice Technical Writing3
Select one of the following:3
Police Operations
Introduction to Corrections
Lower Level Major Elective (Select four of the following):12
Police Operations
Police Defense Tactics
Introduction to Corrections
Juvenile Justice
Criminal Investigation
Analysis of Correctional Operations
Field Practicum
Total Hours60

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3CJ 2023
CJ 1013CS 101 (GEF 2)4
CJ 111 or 2063COMM 104 (GEF 5)3
WVUE 1911PSYC 101 (GEF 4)3
GEF Elective (GEF 8)3MATH 121 (or higher: GEF 3)3
 14 16
Second Year
CJ 2303CJ 2253
CJ 2453CJ 2853
PSYC 281 (GEF 7)3Lower Level Major Elective3
Lower Level Major Elective3Lower Level Major Elective3
Lower Level Major Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Outcomes

criminal justice studies, A.A.S.

  • 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.



  • 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