Virginia University at Parkersburg
New Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice is being offered this fall.
CONTACT: Larry Robinson, associate professor and coordinator of Criminal Justice program, 304-424-8321.
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Beginning this fall, West Virginia University at Parkersburg will offer a new Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice in collaboration with West Virginia State College.
Courses will be available on the Parkersburg campus and WVU Parkersburg’s Jackson County Center in Ripley.
Currently, WVU Parkersburg offers a two-year Associate in Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice. The new bachelor’s degree combines the AAS degree with an upper level curriculum in a two-plus-two design.
"Many of the graduates of our criminal justice program have expressed interest in pursuing a bachelor’s degree. We’re excited to be able to respond with this uniquely developed opportunity," said Larry Robinson, associate professor and coordinator of WVU Parkersburg’s Criminal Justice program.
Robinson noted that the collaborative concept promotes the idea that students’ educational experiences should include a seamless transition from associate to baccalaureate degree programs.
"The collaboration with WV State makes it possible for WVU Parkersburg’s associate degreed graduates to obtain a four-year degree," he added.
Students interested in obtaining a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice will earn the associate degree and then complete coursework in the upper division curriculum. The baccalaureate degree is designed for those interested in careers in law enforcement, corrections, probation/parole, juvenile justice, and social services, Robinson said.
"It will also enhance career opportunities for those already in criminal justice careers," he added.
Associate degree courses in criminal justice will be offered on the Parkersburg campus and at its JCC location. WV State will deliver its upper division courses to the Ripley center only.
A memorandum of understanding regarding the collaborative degree program has been entered into and signed by WVU Parkersburg President Erik Bitterbaum and Hazo Carter, president of WV State College. WV State will award the bachelor’s degree.
Six bachelor’s degrees are now available at WVU Parkersburg. In addition to the criminal justice degree, they include applied technology, elementary education, business administration, and the WVU Regents Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in nursing degrees.
Additional information about the criminal justice associate or baccalaureate programs may be obtained by contacting Robinson at WVU Parkersburg. Fall classes begin August 19.
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