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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Criminal Justice

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Applied Science: Criminal Justice (John Tyler Community College)
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Program description

The L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs is a creative, interdisciplinary grouping of programs in the social sciences and professional arenas that provides students with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary for success in public service.   The Wilder School brings together faculty from multiple disciplines that share a common interest in public affairs. The major objective of this degree program is to prepare students for effective professional careers in criminal justice, forensic crime scene investigation, public service and other helping professions, and/or prepare them to pursue studies in law and other related graduate programs. Career opportunities are available in federal, state, local and private justice-related endeavors. These careers include law enforcement, crime scene investigation, juvenile justice, corrections and the courts.

This program also prepares students to enter law school or to pursue graduate studies in criminal justice or in several of the human services fields, usually related to justice. This program offers and encourages in-service justice employees and others to enhance their professional career development through higher education.


Career opportunities

Criminal justice students study the causes of crime, treatment of offenders and management of the criminal justice system, with a focus on balancing social justice and individual rights.  The Wilder School graduates typically pursue careers in public service and work in law enforcement, the court system, corrections or public policy.  As a student, you’ll work with faculty experts in criminal justice, criminology, law, juvenile justice, organized crime, law enforcement, corrections and transnational crime. 

Bachelor-level job titles
  • Child Protection Agents
  • Child, Family, and School Social Workers
  • Correctional Officer and Jailers
  • Court Clerks
  • Crime Scene Analyst
  • Criminal Investigators and Special Agents
  • Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Police Detectives
  • Police, Fire and Ambulance Dispatchers
  • Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
  • Retail Loss Prevention Specialist
  • Security Manager
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Attorney
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Government Agency Administrator
  • Mental Health Counselor
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

If you would like to meet with a Transfer Center advisor,please fill out our online advising request form.

Please sign-up for this Transfer Map by completing the Letter of Interest.

Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Completion of associate degree
Minimum GPA of 2.5
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better

Degree requirements in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • STAT 210
Science required
  • Core only
Foreign language requirements
  • Yes
Additional tuition/fees
  • No
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.0

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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Criminal Justice

John Tyler Community College (Associate of Applied Science: Criminal Justice)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
ExploreYear 1
  • Attend Tyler orientation
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your ENG and MTH classes. Visit the Academic Resource Center on either campus.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester and cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus or in your community.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
  • Create LinkedIn profile.
  • Get involved with a student or professional organization.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Visit career services to begin cultivating your own virtual brand across all social media profiles.
  • Browse careers related to criminal justice through the career coach.
  • Take a career assessment through the career coach.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Use SDV 100 to create a weekly and monthly budget.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs."
  • Create, upload and update your resume to the College Central Network.
  • Understand how you will fund your education. Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
ExperienceYear 2
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
  • Continue to partner with diversity leader/ facilitator/ mentor to move towards cultural competence.
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs throughout the year.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, consider applying for the VCU Honors College.
  • Run for leadership in your student organization.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Attend Tyler orientation
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your ENG and MTH classes. Visit the Academic Resource Center on either campus.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester and cultivate relationships with your professors.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus or in your community.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Create LinkedIn profile.
  • Get involved with a student or professional organization.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Visit career services to begin cultivating your own virtual brand across all social media profiles.
  • Browse careers related to criminal justice through the career coach.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Take a career assessment through the career coach.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Use SDV 100 to create a weekly and monthly budget.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs."
  • Create, upload and update your resume to the College Central Network.
  • Understand how you will fund your education. Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
  • Continue to partner with diversity leader/ facilitator/ mentor to move towards cultural competence.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs throughout the year.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, consider applying for the VCU Honors College.
  • Run for leadership in your student organization.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.

Course equivalent
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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Criminal Justice

John Tyler Community College (Associate of Applied Science: Criminal Justice)

John Tyler Community College courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
Requirements for AAS degree
SDV 100College Success SkillsUNIV 1011Elective
ENG 111College Composition I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement.UNIV 111-1123General education
ADJ 100Survey of Criminal JusticeCRJS 1813Major
ITE 115Introduction to Computer Applications and ConceptsINFO 160, 161, 1623Elective
MTH 154Quantitative Reasoning MATH 1313General education
SOC 200Principles of SociologySOCY 1013General education
ADJ 201CriminologyCRJS 2XX3Elective
ENG 112College Composition  IIUNIV 2003General education
PSY 200Principles of PsychologyPSYC 1013General education
ADJ 105The Juvenile Justice SystemCRJS 2523Major
ADJ 229 + ADJ 160 Law Enforcement & the Community -AND- Police Response to Critical Incidents (both must be taken to receive credit for VCU equivalents)CRJS 254 + CRJS 1XX6Major
PHI 220EthicsPHIL 2013General education
ADJ 111Law Enforcement Orgs. & Administration (or ADJ 245)CRJS 1XX3Elective
ADJ 211Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedure 1CRJS 2XX3Elective
ADJ 133Ethics and the Criminal Justice ProfessionCRJS 1XX3Elective
ADJ 236Principles of Criminal InvestigationCRJS 2XX3Elective
ADJ 247Criminal BehaviorCRJS 2XX3Elective
ADJ 227Constitutional Law for Justice Personnel (or ADJ 241)CRJS 2XX3Elective
CST 100Principles of Public Speaking SPCH 1213General education
ADJ 140Intro to CorrectionsCRJS 2533Major
John Tyler credits completed for AAS degree61
Additional courses required to fulfill VCU's general education requirements
Laboratory scienceLaboratory science (select 1): BIO 101, CHM 101, CHM 111. PHY 101, PHY 201 VCU equivalent4General education
Diverse & GlobalSelect 1: PLS 241 or REL 230POLI 105 or RELS 3113General education
Additional general educationSelect either: a history elective (HIS 111, 112, 121, 122), any 200-level ENG literature course (ENG 241, 242, 243, 244, 251, 252), or an additional laboratory science.VCU equivalent3General education
MTH 245Statistics I STAT 2103Major
Foreign LanguageForeign Language 101-102 (students with three years of a foreign language completed at high school are exempt from this requirement)VCU equivalent0 to 8General education
Additional John Tyler credits transferred to VCU13 to 21
VCU courses
CourseTitleCreditsRequirements
Bachelor of Science: Criminal Justice with a concentration in Justice
HUMS 202Choices in Consumer Society1General education
CRJS 355Criminological Theory3Major
CRJS 380Research Methods in Criminal Justice3Major
CRJS 475Criminal Procedure3Major
CRJS 480Senior Seminar3Major
CRJS ___CRJS upper-level electives (300- or 400-level courses)18Major
Upper-level electives (300- or 400-level courses): consider a minor or a second major Note: Students must complete a minimum of 45 upper-level credits to graduate from VCU. 15Elective
Credits Completed at VCU46
Bachelor's degree total120
Bachelor of Science: Criminal Justice with a concentration in forensic crime scene investigation
HUMS 202Choices in Consumer Society1General education
CRJS 355Criminological Theory3Major
CRJS 380Research Methods in Criminal Justice3Major
CRJS 475Criminal Procedure3Major
CRJS 480Senior Seminar3Major
CRJS 320Principles of Criminal Investigation3Major
CRJS 370Criminalistics and Crime Analysis3Major
CRJS 373Crime Scene Evidence: Law and Trial Procedure3Major
CRJS 425Violent Crime Scene Investigation3Major
CRJS ___CRJS upper-level electives (300- or 400-level courses)6Major
Upper-level electives (300- or 400-level courses): consider a minor or a second major Note: Students must complete a minimum of 45 upper-level credits to graduate from VCU. 15Elective
Open electives9Elective
Credits Completed at VCU46
Bachelor's degree total120
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