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2018-2019 Vol State Catalog 
2018-2019 Vol State Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice - A.A.S.

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For more information on this program, contact the Social Science and Education division at 615-230-3231.

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree is for students wanting to complete an associate degree and find employment after graduation, with no intention of transferring to a four-year university or college. The AAS is a multi-disciplinary degree program with courses in criminal law, investigation, corrections, terrorism, policing, and report writing; preparing students for entry level careers in the criminal justice field. Fast track options available.

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All students graduating with an A.A.S. degree in Criminal Justice are required to take the Criminal Justice Exit Exam and the Educational Testing Service Proficienct Profile (ETSP). More information can be found at

General Education Requirements - Credits (15-16)

Advisor Approved Course Requirements - Credits (30)

Total Degree Requirements - Credits (60-61)

Career and Salary Information

The following is a list of some of the career choices that may be obtained upon completion of this program. Please visit the following website or speak to an advisor for additional career opportunities, salary information and education requirements.  Salaries are not guaranteed

Career Beginning Salary Experienced Salary
Police Officer/Deputy Sheriff $28,490 $43,190
Corrections Officer/Jailer $24,000 $30,340
Dispatcher/Support Position $20,160 $37,440
Loss Prevention Officer $16,890 $28,980

Recommended Schedule

This is a recommended schedule. Learning Support, pre-requisites and other academic factors may impact this schedule. 

See your advisor to create a degree plan. DegreeWorks, along with the correct catalog, should be utilized by students for all of their educational planning.  Students can monitor their progress toward a degree or certificate and view missing requirements with the DegreeWorks audit, which is accessible through My Volstate.

First Year - Spring Semester - Credits (15)

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts (Recommend ENGL 1030 or THEA 1030) Credits: (3)
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (Recommend PSYC 1030) Credits: (3)

Second Year - Fall Semester - Credits (15-16)

  • Math  or Natural Science  (Recommend BIOL 1030) Credits: (3-4)

Second Year - Spring Semester - Credits (15)

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