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2023-2024 College Catalog and Student Handbook 
2023-2024 College Catalog and Student Handbook

Criminal Justice Specialization, AA&S Transfer Degree

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CIP Code: 24.0101
Length: 4 Semesters


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.

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. Through the direct enrollment and self-enrollment survey or other measures students will be placed in the appropriate developmental or corequisite support courses in English and mathematics. Although developmental or support course credits do not apply toward the degree, these courses prepare students for collegiate-level work. Students required to take two or more developmental or corequisite support courses may need additional semesters to complete the degree. 

Program Requirement

This curriculum should provide sufficient flexibility to meet lower-division requirements for a major 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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First Semester

First Semester Total Credits: 17

Second Semester

  • (3 Credits)
  • HIS - Approved Transfer History (3 Credits) 1
  • MTH - Approved Transfer Mathematics (3 Credits) 2
  • Approved Transfer Lab Science (4 Credits) 3
  • Approved Transfer Humanities/Fine Arts (3 Credits) 5

Second Semester Total Credits: 16

Third Semester

Third Semester Total Credits: 15

Fourth Semester

Fourth Semester Total Credits: 13

Total Minimum Credits: 61

1 Courses used to fulfill this requirement: HIS 121 HIS 122 , HIS 111 HIS 112 , HIS 101 , and HIS 102 .
2 Recommend MTH 154  and MTH 245 . MTH 161  and higher math courses may replace MTH 154 . Check your transfer institution.
3 Laboratory courses include BIO, CHM, PHY, GOL.
4 Courses used to fulfill this requirement: ECO, GEO, HIS, PLS, PSY, SOC.
5 Courses used to fulfill this requirement: HUM, MUS, ART, PHI, REL, ENG (lit). MUS and ART cannot be skills based.
6 Courses used to fulfill this requirement: ENG 245  ENG 246  ENG 250  ENG 255  ENG 258  ENG 275  
7 Any transfer-level ADJ or approved transfer elective may be used. Students should consult with their academic advisor to select courses required by their desired degree at their transfer institution.

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