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: 
24 CHs

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

ENGL 1108

Written English II
3
CH(s)

MTH 1207

Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
3|4
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

POL 1101

American Government
3
CH(s)

PSYG 1101

Introduction to Psychology
3
CH(s)

SCY 1101

Introductory Sociology
3
CH(s)

COM 2200

Introduction to Communication
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1109 may be substituted for ENGL 1108.
 

Program Specific Required Coursework: 
33 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 2209

Firearms
3
CH(s)

CRJU 2212

Deviant Behavior
3
CH(s)

CRJU 2236

Criminal Investigation
3
CH(s)

CRJU 2240

Adjudication Process
3
CH(s)

CRJU 2282

Criminal Interrogations and Interviews
3
CH(s)

CRJU 2295

Ethics in Criminal Justice
3
CH(s)

CRJU 2995

Criminal Justice Practicum
3
CH(s)
Program Specific Elective Coursework: 
3 CHs

CRJU 2226

Crime Scene Investigation
3
CH(s)

CRJU 2246

Criminal Evidence
3
CH(s)

CRJU 2256

Homicide Investigation
3
CH(s)

CRJU 2260

Terrorism, Counter Terrorism and Terrorism Response
3
CH(s)

CRJU 2266

Sex Crimes
3
CH(s)

CRJU 2272

Law Enforcement Case Law
3
CH(s)
Model Schedule
Fall Semester

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

POL 1101

American Government
3
CH(s)

SCY 1101

Introductory Sociology
3
CH(s)

CRJU 1100

Introduction to Criminal Justice
3
CH(s)

CRJU 1101

Police Operations
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

ENGL 1108

Written English II
3
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

PSYG 1101

Introduction to Psychology
3
CH(s)

CRJU 2206

Introduction to Corrections
3
CH(s)

CRJU 2209

Firearms
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs

ENGL 1109 can be substituted for ENGL 1108.

Fall Semester

COM 2200

Introduction to Communication
3
CH(s)

MTH 1207

Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
3|4
CH(s)

CRJU 2202

Principles of Criminal Law
3
CH(s)

CRJU 2212

Deviant Behavior
3
CH(s)

CRJU 2236

Criminal Investigation
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs
Spring Semester

CRJU ELEC

Criminal Justice Elective
3
CH(s)

CRJU 2240

Adjudication Process
3
CH(s)

CRJU 2282

Criminal Interrogations and Interviews
3
CH(s)

CRJU 2295

Ethics in Criminal Justice
3
CH(s)

CRJU 2995

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