Criminal Justice, B.A.S.

Degree Awarded

  • Bachelor of Applied Science

Nature of Program

The Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree provides students who have completed an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program with an opportunity to continue their education to the baccalaureate level, acquiring additional skills and furthering their professional advancement. This statewide degree program requires 40 credit hours of upper division course work and 30 credit hours in the Criminal Justice area of emphasis.

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

Applicable AAS Degree Hours60
GEF Elective Requirements (2, 7, and 8)9
ENGL 102Composition, Rhetoric, and Research3
STAT 111Understanding Statistics3
CJ 315Criminal Evidence3
CJ 380Victimology3
CJ 401Research Methods in Criminal Justice3
CJ 455Ethics/Criminal Justice System3
CJ 485Senior Seminar-Capstone3
BAS Track (Select one of the following tracks):18
Track 1:
Any 12 credit hours of criminal justice 300 or 400 level courses not used to meet another requirement.
Open Electives (6 credit hours)
Track 2:
Any 12 credit hours of BUSA or BTEC 300 or 400 level courses.
Open Electives (6 credit hours)
Track 3:
Any 12 credit hours of 300 or 400 level courses
Open Electives (6 credit hours)
Track 4:
Select four of the following:
Survey of Business Law
Survey of Management
Survey of Marketing
Survey of Finance
Business Ethics
Select two of the following:
Principles of Accounting
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Upper Level Major Elective (Select four of the following):12
White Collar and Economic Crime (Fall Semester Only)
Community Based Corrections (Fall Semester Only)
Drugs, Crime and Society (Fall Semester Only)
Forensic Techniques (Fall Semester Only)
Terrorism (Spring Semester Only)
The Role of Women in Criminal Justice (Spring Semester Only)
Current Issues/Criminal Justice (Spring Semester Only)
Special Topics (Hate Crime: A System’s Approach - Spring Semester Only)
Total Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study

Third Year
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3CJ 3803
CJ 3153STAT 111 (GEF 8)3
BAS Track Elective3BAS Track Elective3
Upper Level Major Elective3Upper Level Major Elective3
GEF 23Open Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
CJ 4013CJ 4553
BAS Track Elective3CJ 4853
Upper Level Major Elective3BAS Track Elective3
Open Elective3Upper Level Major Elective3
GEF 73GEF 83
 15 15
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Goals

criminal justice, b.a.s.

  • Communicate clearly and effectively in both written and verbal formats.
  • Preparation for viable employment in the criminal justice field.
  • Work well with others and be understanding of personal differences.
  • Demonstrate critical and analytical skills.
  • Be proficient with the major academic elements of the Criminal Justice field



  • 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