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Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice

Associate of Applied Science
Virginia Western Community College

The Criminal Justice program prepares students for jobs as a Police Officer, Sheriff's Deputy, Jailor, Probation Officer, School Resource Officer, Private Security Officer, Retail Security Specialist, and other criminal justice careers.


Program Credit Requirements
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Program Overview & Guidance
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Program Web Page
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Delivery Mode
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Delivery Mode
Online
Delivery Mode
Hybrid
Program Guidance Element What You Need to Know
Is This Degree Right For Me? Do you want to help make your community safer? Do you have the desire to serve your community by working with suspects and/or victims of crime? Do you have the integrity needed to enforce the law fairly? Do you want to help offenders learn how to live in a free society so they won't return to prison?
What Should I Consider When Selecting Courses

Students who have satisfactorily documented successful completion of the VA State Police Academy or a Regional and Independent Certified Training Academy will be awarded credit for courses in this program. Appropriate documentation is required and must be submitted to the Criminal Justice Department Head or to the Dean of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

  • Create a schedule for all required courses, pay attention to prerequisites and when courses are offered, complete your first math and English courses in your first year
  • Connect with an advisor at your community college and Virginia Western Community College within your first year via College Connect
Are there other program requirements beyond specific courses? 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.
Do More With Your Degree AAS degrees prepare students for direct employment upon completion of the degree. However, many programs may also transfer to four-year institutions. Students interested in transferring should verify program requirements with specific four-year institutions and with the program head for Criminal Justice. Virginia Western has entered into many articulation and guaranteed admissions agreements specific to the Criminal Justice program. This list is subject to change, and the most current agreements can be found on our Transfer Agreements page.
Program Successes & Highlights https://www.virginiawestern.edu/ie/research/student-goals/
What If I Have An Associate Degree Or Credit For Prior Learning?
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Transfer Guidance Element What You Need to Know
Associate Transfer Degree Completion To discuss how your previous degree can be incorporated into your new long term goals, please meet with an advisor.

Completion of Associate Degree Concurrent with High School
Credit for Prior Learning Yes
Did You Know That...
  • Completing your Associate transfer degree post-high school satisfies all lower division general education requirements and increases the chance of completing your bachelor's degree?
  • Exceeding 3 years or 90 credits at your community college means you may have exhausted your financial aid at that college and have limited your future financial aid at: Virginia Western Community College
College Level Information
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Transfer Center
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Transfer Admission Application
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Transfer Student Aid
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Number of Transfer Students
519
College Fit Guidance What You Need to Know
Is This College Right For Me? Virginia Western Community College's service region includes the cities of Roanoke and Salem, along with Roanoke County, Craig County, Franklin County, and southern Botetourt County. Virginia Western was the first college established in the VCCS, in 1966, and has grown from an initial enrollment of 1,352 to its current annual enrollment of more than 9,000 students in credit courses and more than 1,400 enrollments in fast-track career training and continuing education courses.
Transfer Student Catalog Year A student's catalog year is determined by their first semester of attendance in the major.
First Year Student Catalog Year A student's catalog year is determined by their first semester of attendance in the major.
Applying for Guaranteed Admissions https://www.virginiawestern.edu/transfer/transfer-agreements/
Where Can This Degree Transfer
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This section displays degrees most closely related to this program and to which you may be able to transfer. Please click the degree name to visit that program page.
Institution Title Degree Award Name Award Level
Northern Virginia Community CollegeAdministration of Justice, A.A.S.AssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Rappahannock Community CollegeAssociate of Arts and Sciences in Criminal JusticeAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Brightpoint Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal JusticeAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Southside Virginia Community CollegeAssociate of Arts and Sciences with a major in General Studies-Administration of JusticeAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Tidewater Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science - Criminal JusticeAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Paul D. Camp Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Administration of Justice - Corrections ScienceAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Paul D. Camp Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Administration of Justice - Police ScienceAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Germanna Community CollegeGeneral Studies - Specialization in Administration of Justice Associate of Arts & Sciences DegreeAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Rappahannock Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in Administration of JusticeAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Virginia Highlands Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Administration of JusticeAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
J Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in Administration of JusticeAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Southside Virginia Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science with a major in Administration of JusticeAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Wytheville Community CollegeAssociate in Applied Science Degree in Administration of JusticeAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Germanna Community CollegeAdministration of Justice Associate of Applied Science DegreeAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Tidewater Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice (Forensic Science)AssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Northern Virginia Community CollegeCriminology and Criminal Justice, A.S.AssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Brightpoint Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Human Services - CriminologyAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
The University of Virginia's College at WiseBachelor of Science in Social Science, Major in Administration of JusticeBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Roanoke CollegeBachelor of Arts in Criminal JusticeBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Virginia Peninsula Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in Administration of JusticeAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Wytheville Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Corrections ScienceAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Mountain Empire Community CollegeAssociate in Applied Science Degree in Corrections ScienceAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Radford UniversityBA in Criminal JusticeBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Radford UniversityBS in Criminal JusticeBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Northern Virginia Community CollegeLiberal Arts, A.A.AssociateAssociate of Arts2-Year
Northern Virginia Community CollegeGeneral Studies, A.S.AssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Rappahannock Community CollegeAssociate of Arts and Sciences in Arts and SciencesAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
J Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeAssociate of Arts in Liberal ArtsAssociateAssociate of Arts2-Year
J Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeAssociate of Arts in Liberal Arts - American Sign Language/Deaf Studies SpecializationAssociateAssociate of Arts2-Year
J Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeAssociate of Science in General StudiesAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Brightpoint Community CollegeAssociate of Arts Degree in Liberal ArtsAssociateAssociate of Arts2-Year
Brightpoint Community CollegeAssociate of Science Degree in General StudiesAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Richard Bland CollegeAssociate of ScienceAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Southside Virginia Community CollegeAssociate of Arts and Sciences with a major in General StudiesAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Old Dominion UniversityCriminal Justice-BABachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Old Dominion UniversityCriminal Justice-BSBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Virginia Peninsula Community CollegeAssociate of Arts in Liberal ArtsAssociateAssociate of Arts2-Year
Tidewater Community CollegeAssociate of Arts - Liberal ArtsAssociateAssociate of Arts2-Year
Tidewater Community CollegeAssociate of Science - General StudiesAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Wytheville Community CollegeAssociate of Arts & Sciences Degree in General StudiesAssociateAssociate of Arts & Science2-Year
Eastern Shore Community CollegeGeneral StudiesĀ AssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Eastern Shore Community CollegeLiberal ArtsAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Germanna Community CollegeLiberal Arts Associate of Arts & Sciences DegreeAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Germanna Community CollegeGeneral Studies Associate of Arts & Sciences DegreeAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Northern Virginia Community CollegeAdministration of Justice: Homeland Security Specialization, A.A.S.AssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Blue Ridge Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Administration of JusticeAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Central Virginia Community CollegeAAS in Administration of JusticeAssociateAssociate of Applied Science 2-Year
Danville Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in Administration of Justice - Law Enforcement SpecializationAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityCriminal Justice, Bachelor of ScienceBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Peirce CollegeAssociate in Science Criminal JusticeAssociateAssociate in Science4-Year
Peirce CollegeBachelor of Science Criminal JusticeBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Southwest Virginia Community College Associate of Applied Science Degree in Administration of JusticeAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Tidewater Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice (Homeland Security)AssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Tidewater Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice (Public Law)AssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
New River Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in Police ScienceAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Patrick & Henry Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Administration of JusticeAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityCriminal Justice, Bachelor of Science, with concentration in Forensic Crime Scene InvestigationBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Piedmont Virginia Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in Police ScienceAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Mountain Empire Community CollegeAssociate in Applied Science Degree in Police ScienceAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Marymount University Criminal Justice (BA)BachelorBachelor of Art4-Year
Careers Where This Degree Applies
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O*Net Code Name Description Parent
25-1111.00Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, PostsecondaryTeach courses in criminal justice, corrections, and law enforcement administration. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
33-1012.00First-Line Supervisors of Police and DetectivesDirectly supervise and coordinate activities of members of police force.Protective Service Occupations
33-1011.00First-Line Supervisors of Correctional OfficersDirectly supervise and coordinate activities of correctional officers and jailers.Protective Service Occupations
19-4099.00Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians, All OtherAll life, physical, and social science technicians not listed separately.Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
19-4099.01Quality Control AnalystsConduct tests to determine quality of raw materials, bulk intermediate and finished products. May conduct stability sample tests.Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
19-4099.03Remote Sensing TechniciansApply remote sensing technologies to assist scientists in areas such as natural resources, urban planning, or homeland security. May prepare flight plans or sensor configurations for flight trips.Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
11-9199.11Brownfield Redevelopment Specialists and Site ManagersPlan and direct cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties for reuse. Does not include properties sufficiently contaminated to qualify as Superfund sites.Management Occupations
11-9199.02Compliance ManagersPlan, direct, or coordinate activities of an organization to ensure compliance with ethical or regulatory standards.Management Occupations
11-9199.08Loss Prevention ManagersPlan and direct policies, procedures, or systems to prevent the loss of assets. Determine risk exposure or potential liability, and develop risk control measures.Management Occupations
11-9199.00Managers, All OtherAll managers not listed separately.Management Occupations
11-9199.01Regulatory Affairs ManagersPlan, direct, or coordinate production activities of an organization to ensure compliance with regulations and standard operating procedures.Management Occupations
11-9199.10Wind Energy Development ManagersLead or manage the development and evaluation of potential wind energy business opportunities, including environmental studies, permitting, and proposals. May also manage construction of projects.Management Occupations
11-9199.09Wind Energy Operations ManagersManage wind field operations, including personnel, maintenance activities, financial activities, and planning.Management Occupations
33-3012.00Correctional Officers and JailersGuard inmates in penal or rehabilitative institutions in accordance with established regulations and procedures. May guard prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prison, or other point. Includes deputy sheriffs and police who spend the majority of their time guarding prisoners in correctional institutions.Protective Service Occupations
33-3011.00BailiffsMaintain order in courts of law.Protective Service Occupations
33-3051.04Customs and Border Protection OfficersInvestigate and inspect persons, common carriers, goods, and merchandise, arriving in or departing from the United States or between states to detect violations of immigration and customs laws and regulations.Protective Service Occupations
33-3021.00Detectives and Criminal InvestigatorsConduct investigations related to suspected violations of federal, state, or local laws to prevent or solve crimes.Protective Service Occupations
33-3021.06Intelligence AnalystsGather, analyze, or evaluate information from a variety of sources, such as law enforcement databases, surveillance, intelligence networks or geographic information systems. Use intelligence data to anticipate and prevent organized crime activities, such as terrorism.Protective Service Occupations
33-3021.02Police Identification and Records OfficersCollect evidence at crime scene, classify and identify fingerprints, and photograph evidence for use in criminal and civil cases.Protective Service Occupations
33-3051.00Police and Sheriff's Patrol OfficersMaintain order and protect life and property by enforcing local, tribal, state, or federal laws and ordinances. Perform a combination of the following duties: patrol a specific area; direct traffic; issue traffic summonses; investigate accidents; apprehend and arrest suspects, or serve legal processes of courts. Includes police officers working at educational institutions.Protective Service Occupations
33-9021.00Private Detectives and InvestigatorsGather, analyze, compile, and report information regarding individuals or organizations to clients, or detect occurrences of unlawful acts or infractions of rules in private establishment.Protective Service Occupations
19-3039.03Clinical NeuropsychologistsAssess and diagnose patients with neurobehavioral problems related to acquired or developmental disorders of the nervous system, such as neurodegenerative disorders, traumatic brain injury, seizure disorders, and learning disabilities. Recommend treatment after diagnosis, such as therapy, medication, or surgery. Assist with evaluation before and after neurosurgical procedures, such as deep brain stimulation.Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
19-3039.02NeuropsychologistsApply theories and principles of neuropsychology to evaluate and diagnose disorders of higher cerebral functioning, often in research and medical settings. Study the human brain and the effect of physiological states on human cognition and behavior. May formulate and administer programs of treatment.Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
19-3039.00Psychologists, All OtherAll psychologists not listed separately.Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
19-3041.00SociologistsStudy human society and social behavior by examining the groups and social institutions that people form, as well as various social, religious, political, and business organizations. May study the behavior and interaction of groups, trace their origin and growth, and analyze the influence of group activities on individual members.Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations