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Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

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The program includes a practicum experience, guest speakers and tours of criminal justice institutions and agencies.

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 agencies.

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.

Profiles


Ashley Burns

Ashley 
Burns, '16

Graduate

Ashley graduated with a B.S. in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Law Enforcement in 2016. She is also a commissioned officer in the military and holds the rank of Second Lieutenant. Ashley has been instrumental in training troops in Colombia, South America as well as building relationship with the military in South Korea. She's currently working as a Project Manager of Security at American Electric Power in Columbus, Ohio while pursuing her MBA.
Daniel Eisenberg

Daniel
Eisenberg, '14

Graduate

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.

Career Profile

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.

Careers

WVU Tech criminal justice graduates find rewarding work as:

  • Municipal police, county sheriffs and state highway patrol officers
  • Correctional officers  
  • Court administrators 
  • Probation officers 
  • Parole officers
  • Juvenile counselors
  • Private investigators 

Areas of Emphasis

Students can pursue a four-year degree in criminal justice, criminal justice with a law enforcement emphasis or criminal Justice with a corrections emphasis.

Law Enforcement Emphasis
The law enforcement emphasis is a great academic path for individuals who choose to engage in the exciting challenge of working as a law enforcement officer at the federal, state or local level. 

Corrections Emphasis
The corrections emphasis is a great academic path for individuals who want to work as a correctional officer in a federal or state prison; a correctional officer in a local jail; a probation or parole officer at the federal, state or local level; or in one of the many community based correctional agencies.

Regardless of your choice of degree options, each option is an excellent choice for people who enjoy the field of criminal justice, including those who will choose to continue their education beyond the bachelor degree level by attending a graduate degree program or law school.

THINGS YOU'LL LEARN

A crucial background in the legal system and corrections with a look at the psychology and sociology behind criminal activity.


Criminal Law 

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.

Deviant Behavior

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.).

Criminal Investigations

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.

View a sample degree schedule or explore more course options in the catalog.

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