Criminal Justice

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Our Criminal Justice program is available in person, entirely online, or as a combination of both.

Why Criminal Justice?

The Criminal Justice field has seen a 200% increase in employment opportunities since 9/11 according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Consequently, an emphasis on academic and hands-on-training in a variety of Criminal Justice related careers is growing. A well trained workforce will be in demand well into the future. Students choosing the Criminal Justice program at West Virginia University Parkersburg may pursue the career pathway which includes a certificate, Associate or the Bachelor of Applied Science degree leading to employment opportunities in law enforcement, corrections and justice. Students will gain valuable knowledge from practicing instructors, mock labs in investigation and courtroom procedures and internship requirements that offer invaluable experiential learning.

Why Criminal Justice at WVU Parkersburg?

Students choosing the Criminal Justice field at West Virginia University Parkersburg may pursue the certificate, associate or the bachelor of applied Science degree leading to career opportunities in law enforcement, crime scene investigations, corrections and the administration of justice.  Students will gain valuable knowledge from practicing instructors, mock labs in investigation and courtroom procedures and internship requirements that offer invaluable experiential learning.

Programs Offered

  • Certificate in Criminal Justice (30 hrs)
  • Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Criminal Justice (60 hrs)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Criminal Justice (120 hrs)

Curriculum

Criminal Justice – Certificate, AAS, BAS pdf

Online Program Physical Presence Requirements

This online degree has the following face-to-face requirements:

  • Proctored Major Field Test
  • Internship.
  • State Authorizations

WVU at Parkersburg is authorized to offer this online degree to students residing in the following states. If your home state is not listed, please contact ude.puvw@enilno to inquire about enrolling:
Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia

Careers

CERTIFICATE
JOB AVERAGE HOURLY RATE
Animal Control Workers $13.83
Bailiffs $16.73
Parking Enforcement Workers $15.15
Security Guards $9.76
ASSOCIATE DEGREE
First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Police and Detectives $22.16
Police Detectives $16.63
Police Patrol Officers $14.01
Private Detectives and Investigators $16.90
BACHELOR DEGREE
Criminal Investigators and Special Agents $16.63
Fish and Game Wardens $21.19
Forensic Science Technicians $22.47
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists $13.15

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