The criminal justice program at WVU Tech prepares students for federal, state and local positions in homeland security,
law enforcement, courts and corrections. The program includes a practicum
experience, guest speakers and tours of criminal justice institutions and
Our program is interdisciplinary and includes courses in criminal justice, sociology, criminal investigation, political science, public service administration and psychology. Students may opt to minor (or even double-major) in any of these complementary academic programs.
As part of the program, our students also complete a 300-contact hour practicum in an agency that relates to their career goals. Our students’ practicum placements have included police departments, sheriff’s departments, courts, juvenile and adult probation, community corrections, the Department of Natural Resources, prosecutor’s offices, juvenile centers and children’s services.
Students who are interested in leadership and public service will enjoy this program.
Daniel graduated from WVU Tech in 2014 with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. These days, he's putting his skills to work by serving his community as an officer with the police department in Charleston, West Virginia.
Our graduates leave WVU Tech with a thorough background in the concepts of criminal justice and the real-world skills they need to work in a variety of specialties. There are more than 30 federal agencies that employ homeland security personnel, law enforcement officers or investigators - agencies who are looking for the kind of well-trained and competent graduates that come out of our program.
Graduates may also consider pursuing advanced educational opportunities such as law school or a graduate degree in criminal justice, political science, sociology, public administration or related fields.
WVU Tech criminal justice graduates find rewarding work as:
This course focuses on aspects of the American legal and judicial system associated with the violation of law and the process that is utilized to determine a verdict. Topics include the definitions of criminal offenses, rights of the accused, pre-trial procedures, the criminal trial and the appeal process.
Study the processes by which "deviance" is defined in society and the methods of social control used to combat behavior deemed "deviant." You'll gain a critical understanding of society from the perspective of those defined as "outsiders" (criminals, addicts, etc.).
This course covers the aspects of the American legal and judicial system associated with the investigative processes as conducted by law enforcement and forensic science. Learn the role of crime scene investigation, witness interviewing and the investigator's relationship with the prosecution.