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2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice, A.A.S.

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Les Boggess, Criminal Justice Program Coordinator
315 Hardway Hall / (304)367-4678
Locust Avenue Campus

Program Purpose

The A.A.S. Criminal Justice program at Pierpont Community & Technical College provides students with a broad orientation to the entire system of criminal justice. In order to accommodate students’ various backgrounds and career aspirations, the program allows students (with advisor assistance and approval) some flexibility in structuring the curriculum to meet their individual interests and career-related needs.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice, graduates will be able to do the following:

  • Identify and explain the inter-related components of law enforcement, the correctional system, the court systems, and their basis in the US Constitution and legislation
  • Identify and explain causes of crime and trends in crime
  • Write effectively for the field including police reports and summations of cases
  • Assess the effectiveness of certain conduct when dealing with diverse populations especially in the investigative and interviewing process
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of certain behaviors as they relate to suitability for employment in the Criminal Justice profession


Graduates of this program are often employed by local, county, and state governments; industrial commercial coordinators; security agencies; and social service agencies as police officers, correctional officers, security/loss prevention specialists, and private investigators.

NOTE: A background check is required for employment in this field.

Required Courses (60 Hrs)

Model Schedule (60 Hrs)

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