Do you want to help make your community safer? Do you have the desire to serve your community by working with suspects and/or victims of crime? Do you have the integrity needed to enforce the law fairly? Do you want to help offenders learn how to live in a free society so they won’t return to prison?
The Criminal Justice program at Virginia Western Community College prepares you to become employed as a Police Officer, Sheriff’s Deputy, Jailor, Probation Officer, School Resource Officer, Private Security Officer, Retail Security Specialist, and other criminal justice careers.
Begin your journey today to a career that is diverse, difficult, and carries great personal satisfaction.
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- Foundations of Criminal Justice (Career Studies Certificate)
- Foundations of Criminal Justice – Advanced (Career Studies Certificate)
Credit for Prior Learning
Per the Articulation Agreement between the Virginia Community College System and the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, students who have satisfactorily documented successful completion of the VA State Police Academy or a Regional and Independent Certified Training Academy shall be awarded credit. Appropriate documentation is required and must be submitted to the Criminal Justice Department Head or to the Dean of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
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Through system agreements, students who graduate from one of Virginia’s 23 community colleges with an associate degree and a minimum grade point average may obtain GUARANTEED admission to more than 30 of the commonwealth’s colleges and universities. Please see this list for copies of the current agreements.
In addition, Virginia Western has entered into the following articulation and guaranteed admissions agreements specific to the Criminal Justice program. This list is subject to change, and the most current agreements can be found on our Transfer Agreements page.
- Averett University: AAS Criminal Justice to BS Sociology/Criminal Justice (PDF)
- Ferrum College: Criminal Justice Program (PDF)
- Old Dominion University: Criminal Justice to BS in Criminal Justice (PDF)
- Radford University: BS in Criminal Justice (PDF)
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School of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
3082 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015
School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Ms. Amy Anguiano, Dean