Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Boggess, Les E.

Founding Faculty
Coordinator of Criminal Justice
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
304-367-4678
315 Hardway Hall
Locust Avenue Campus, Fairmont
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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 program, students will be able to:

  • 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
Opportunities: 

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.

Notice to Students: 

Graduates may be requires to go through a background check before employment into their desired field.

Program Total Credit Hours: 
60 CHs
Support Coursework: 
30 CHs

COMM 2200

Introduction to Communication
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

ENGL 1108

Written English II
3
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

POLI 1103

American Government
3
CH(s)

PSYC 1101

Introduction to Psychology
3
CH(s)

PSYC 2250

Community Psychology
3
CH(s)

SOCY 1110

Introductory Sociology
3
CH(s)

SOCY 2200

Social Problems
3
CH(s)

GNED ELEC

General Studies Elective
3
CH(s)

GNED ELEC can be a Math or Science General Studies Course.
ENGL 1109 may be substituted for ENGL 1108.
COMM 2201 or 2202 can be substituted for COMM 2200.

Program Specific Required Coursework: 
12 CHs

CRJU 1100

Introduction to Criminal Justice
3
CH(s)

CRJU 1101

Police Operations
3
CH(s)

CRJU 2202

Principles of Criminal Law
3
CH(s)

CRJU 2206

Introduction to Corrections
3
CH(s)

CRJU 2212

Deviant Behavior
3
CH(s)

CRJU 2240

Adjudication Process
3
CH(s)
Program Specific Elective Coursework: 
12 CHs

CRJU 1189

Guided Experience I
1-4
CH(s)

CRJU 1199

Special Topics in Criminal Justice
0-4
CH(s)

CRJU 2220

Juvenile Justice Process
3
CH(s)

CRJU 2205

Natural Resource Laws
3
CH(s)

CRJU 2209

Firearms
3
CH(s)

CRJU 2215

Introduction to Private Security
3
CH(s)

CRJU 2218

Police Administration
3
CH(s)

CRJU 2226

Crime Scene Investigation
3
CH(s)

CRJU 2236

Criminal Investigation
3
CH(s)

CRJU 2256

Homicide Investigation
3
CH(s)

CRJU 2266

Sex Crimes
3
CH(s)

CRJU 2289

Guided Experience II
1-4
CH(s)

CRJU 2295

Ethics in Criminal Justice
3
CH(s)

CRJU 2299

Special Topics in Criminal Justice
0-4
CH(s)
Model Schedule
Fall Semester

CRJU 1100

Introduction to Criminal Justice
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

POLI 1103

American Government
3
CH(s)

PSYC 1101

Introduction to Psychology
3
CH(s)

SOCY 1110

Introductory Sociology
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs

ENGL 1104 Prerequisite(s): 18 or higher on the English portion of ACT; 450 or higher on Critical Reading of SAT; A scaled score of 38 or higher on Writing Skills Set of ASSET; 71 or higher on English portion  of COMPASS; 88 or higher on Sentence Skills of ACCUPLACER. Students falling below the listed scores will be required to take a four(4) credit hour ENGL 1104.

Spring Semester

CRJU 1101

Police Operations
3
CH(s)

CRJU 2202

Principles of Criminal Law
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1108

Written English II
3
CH(s)

PSYC 2250

Community Psychology
3
CH(s)

SOCY 2200

Social Problems
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs

ENGL 1109 can be substituted for ENGL 1108.

Fall Semester

COMM 2200

Introduction to Communication
3
CH(s)

CRJU 2206

Introduction to Corrections
3
CH(s)

CRJU 2212

Deviant Behavior
3
CH(s)

CRJU ELEC

Criminal Justice Elective
3
CH(s)

GNED ELEC

General Studies Elective
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs

COMM 2201 or COMM 2202 can be substituted for COMM 2200.
GEND ELEC can be a Math or Science General Studies Course.

Spring Semester

CRJU 2240

Adjudication Process
3
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

CRJU ELEC

Criminal Justice Elective
3
CH(s)

CRJU ELEC

Criminal Justice Elective
3
CH(s)

CRJU ELEC

Criminal Justice Elective
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs
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