Jun 29, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate 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.  For additional information about this degree program, go to www.volstate.edu/CriminalJustice

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 Proficient Profile (ETSP) to meet graduation requirements. More information can be found at https://www.volstate.edu/testing.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the graduate will have developed the skills, knowledge and abilities to accomplish the following:

  1. Students will demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary for an entry level position in the criminal justice field.

  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the organizational structure, common legal terms, definitions, concepts, and roles of law enforcement, the courts, and corrections.

General Education Requirements - Credits (15-16)

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 www.onetonline.org 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 - Fall Semester - Credits (15)

First Year - Spring Semester - Credits (15)

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

  • Math  or Natural Science  (Recommend BIOL 1030) Credits: (3-4)
  • CRMJ Elective (Choose from list above) Credits: (3)

Second Year - Spring Semester - Credits (15)

  • CRMJ Elective (Choose from list above) Credits: (6)

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