West Virginia Northern Community College

Programs of Study

Criminal Justice, A.A.S

Criminal Justice
Associate in Applied Science

The Criminal Justice program is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in the legal professions such as law enforcement, corrections and private investigation. Students will learn how these professions integrate into a system of criminal justice.
Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
• Read substantive and procedural case law with an understanding of how they impact law enforcement, juvenile justice and the correctional systems.
• Develop computer skills in the areas of Internet investigation, research and electronic messaging.
• Have familiarity with the inner workings of agencies on the local, state and federal levels that compromise our nation’s criminal justice systems.
• Have an understanding of basic law enforcement investigative techniques, crime scene preservation and analysis.
• Have an understanding of the principles of homeland security, international threats, and terrorism.
• Have an understanding of the expanded security needs and principles of security in the 21st century.
• Understand the rights of the accused from arrest to post conviction appeals and how law enforcement, court and correctional personnel function to balance individual rights and the need to protect society, convict the guilty and humanely punish as well as rehabilitate the offender.
Currently many graduates of the Criminal Justice program are employed in the West Virginia State Police and Ohio State Highway Patrol agencies as well as in various law enforcement agencies in the Upper Ohio Valley. Many graduates are working in the correctional field as correctional officers, adult and juvenile case workers and as treatment specialists both in the public and private domain.
Future employement opportunities, according to experts in the field of criminal justice, will continue to grow at the federal, state and local levels. New positions include computer analysts specializing in Internet crimes, forensic technicians and criminal profilers.


Awards and Accreditations