Feb 29, 2024  
Fall 2022 Academic Catalog 
Fall 2022 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice, A.A.S.

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Les Boggess, Criminal Justice Program Coordinator
Caperton Center 126 / (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)

Notice to All Students

  • Annual Notification: All career and technical education courses and programs are offered at Pierpont regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, or disability.
  • Advanced Skill Set and Skill Set programs do not qualify for financial aid. Students seeking financial aid eligible degrees may incorporate the classes as electives when their schedule allows or may declare an associate or certificate degree in which the skill set and advanced skill set courses are embedded.
  • Students are reminded to review campus policies and procedures as stated in the catalog.

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