2020-21 Virginia Western Academic Catalog 
    May 21, 2022  
2020-21 Virginia Western Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice, A.A.S.

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Associate of Applied Science

Purpose: This curriculum is designed to provide a broad educational foundation which will prepare graduates for employment in numerous criminal justice related occupations. For students already working in the criminal justice field, this curriculum will provide preparation for advancement in the profession.

Program Objectives: Employment opportunities exist in a wide variety of areas: uniformed officers for local, county and state police agencies; enforcement/investigative officers for federal government agencies; corrections, retail and industrial security, probation/parole, insurance work and private investigation.

Admission Requirements: Applicants must meet the requirements for admission to credit-level coursework established by the college.

Developmental Requirements: Students who do not place into college-level English will be required to take developmental courses.

Students who do not demonstrate proficiency in MTE 1 , MTE 2 , MTE 3 , MTE 4 , and MTE 5  will be required to complete developmental courses.

It is strongly recommended that developmental education requirements be completed as soon as possible.

Program Notes: The Associate of Applied Science degree does not take the place of attendance at a basic academy which most police, corrections, or security agencies require to be employed by that agency. However, the Criminal Justice curriculum will help prepare one academically for successful completion of an agency or regional academy.


Although this program is not designed for transfer, agreements with specific institutions may exist. Contact the Criminal Justice program head as listed on program webpage.

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