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The Associate of Arts and Sciences Transfer Degree: Criminal Justice Specialization program is designed for persons who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree in criminal justice. By completing this specialization, students should be able to complete the lower division requirements for a baccalaureate degree in criminal justice.

Program Information


In order to be assured that courses transfer to meet lower division requirements at the specific institution the student plans to transfer to and the major anticipated, students should consult their academic advisor to schedule their courses. Students are also encouraged to investigate guaranteed admission agreements (GAA), available for many colleges and universities in Virginia, contact their selected college’s admissions office, and consult their selected college’s transfer guide if one is available. Counselors and academic advisors can assist with locating these resources.

The following employers hire applicants with 4-year degrees in criminal justice:

  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • State and national parks
  • State and federal prisons, local law enforcement and corrections agencies
  • Private security corporations and protective service
  • Risk management/assessment companies
  • Private investigative services
  • Border patrol
  • U.S. Customs
  • Child protective services

Admission Requirements

In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into this program requires proficiency in English and mathematics. Students whose placement test scores indicate a need for further preparation, will be placed in the appropriate developmental courses in English and mathematics. Although developmental course credits do not apply toward the degree, these courses prepare students for collegiate level work. Students required to take two or more developmental courses will need additional semesters to complete the degree.

Curriculum

 

First Semester
# Title Lecture Lab Credit
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 0 3
HIS Approved Transfer History 3 0 3
MTH Approved Transfer Mathematics 3 0 3
Approved Transfer Science1 3 3 4
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
Approved Transfer Social Science3 3 0 3
Semester Total 16 3 17
Second Semester
# Title Lecture Lab Credit
ENG 112 College Composition II 3 0 3
HIS Approved Transfer History 3 0 3
MTH Approved Transfer Mathematics 3 0 3
Approved Transfer Science1 3 3 4
Approved Transfer Humanities/Fine Arts2 3 0 3
Semester Total 15 3 16
Third Semester
# Title Lecture Lab Credit
ITE 119 Information Literacy 3 0 3
ENG Approved 200 Level English Literature or Advanced Composition Course5 3 0 3
ADJ 100 Survey of Criminal Justice 3 0 3
Approved Transfer Elective 4 3 0 3
Approved Transfer Elective4 3 0 3
Semester Total 15 0 15
Fourth Semester
# Title Lecture Lab Credit
Approved Transfer Humanities/Fine Arts2 3 0 3
Approved Transfer Social Science3 3 0 3
ADJ 201 Criminology 3 0 3
ADJ 211 Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedure 3 0 3
HLT/PED Health/Physical Education Elective 0 2 1
Semester Total 12 2 13

Total Minimum Credits: 61

1 Typical courses include BIO, CHM, PHY, GOL

2 Typical courses include HUM, MUS, ART, PHI, REL, ENG (Lit)

3 Typical courses include ECO, GEO, HIS, PLS, PSY, SOC

4 In selecting courses, students should seek the advice of a counselor or academic advisor in order to assure that courses taken are consistent with transfer or career goals.

5 Courses typically courses used to fulfill this requirement: ENG 241, ENG 242, ENG 210, or other courses approved by an academic advisor.

 

Cost

Transfer

This curriculum should provide sufficient flexibility to meet lower division requirements for a majors in Administration of Justice, Criminal Justice and related fields at many colleges and universities, and should allow students to succeed in transferring to obtain a baccalaureate degree. It is extremely important for students to work closely with their academic advisors to ensure a successful transfer.

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