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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

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

Curriculum

Criminal Justice – BAS pdf
Criminal Justice – AAS pdf
Criminal Justice – CAS pdf

Admission Criteria

Before admission is granted, students must meet at least one of the following three requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in CJ 291 – Internship.
  • Completion of an AAS degree in Criminal Justice.
  • Signed consent of the CJ Program Coordinator.

Admission to the Bachelor of Applied Science with a major in Criminal Justice degree may be achieved by fulfilling the following steps:

  • Apply to the CJ BAS program, be accepted into the program, and have at least a 2.0 grade point average (GPA)
  • Meet all General Admission or Transfer Admission requirements for WVU at Parkersburg.
  • Earn an Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice degree from an accredited college or university.  (Provisional admission may be granted under certain circumstances.)
  • Maintain a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale for all courses transferred to or completed at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.
  • Maintain a 2.5 grade point average throughout the program in the core subjects.
  • Submit to a criminal history check conducted by the West Virginia State Police.  You cannot have any felony criminal convictions (adult) and no domestic violence convictions that would prevent you from possessing a firearm.
  • The criminal history check will be conducted at entrance to the program and again before entering the internship course.  A waiver to the background check may be granted for students actively serving as a law enforcement officer or as a correctional officer based on a letter from their department’s supervisor stating their criminal background meets the standards of the Criminal Justice Program.
  • Criminal history check or waiver letter needs to be within 60 days of admissions to the program.
  • Students must demonstrate behavior consistent with the Criminal Justice Program Code of Ethics and agree to abide to the student code of conduct.  Failure to adhere to the code may result in dismissal from the program.
  • Students must take an external assessment test in CJ 291 and CJ 460.

BASCJ Degree 

Graduation Requirements:

  • Complete an Associate in Applied Science degree prior to application for graduation with the BASCJ.
  • Complete 120 credit hours in courses outlined for the Bachelor of Applied Science with a major in Criminal Justice.
  • Maintain an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher in all General Education Foundation courses required for the degree.
  • Maintain minimum grade point average of 2.5 in all courses in all program core courses.  (See MyDegree for listing.)
  • Residency Requirement:  Complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at WVU Parkersburg, 24 of which must be upper division (numbered 300 and above) business courses.
  • Complete application for graduation, pay graduation fee, and file application in OLSIS prior to stated deadline.

Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice

Graduation Requirements: 

  • Complete 60 credit hours from the AAS Criminal Justice curriculum.
  • Maintain minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all general education and program core course requirements.
  • Residency Requirement:  Complete at least 16 credit hours at WVU at Parkersburg, 12 of which must be criminal justice courses.
  • Complete application for graduation, pay graduation fee, and file application in OLSIS prior to stated deadline.

Certificate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice

Graduation Requirements: 

  • Complete 30 credit hours in courses outlined.
  • Maintain an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher in all General Education Foundation and criminal justice core courses required for the degree.
  • Residency Requirement:  Complete a minimum of 16 credit hours at WVU Parkersburg, 12 of which must be criminal justice courses.
  • Complete application for graduation, pay graduation fee, and file application in OLSIS prior to stated deadline.

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