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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Criminal Justice

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: Criminology and Criminal Justice (Northern Virginia 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

Transfer major map
Visit majormaps.vcu.edu for the online version with links.
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Bachelor of Science: Criminal Justice

Northern Virginia Community College (Associate of Science: Criminology and Criminal Justice)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
ExploreYear 1
  • Review and complete course requirements of the transfer map.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Use Navigate to connect with your advisor and create a program plan.
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Browse careers related to Criminal Justice through the NOVA career planning system.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
ExperienceYear 2
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor.
  • Complete requirements for the associate’s degree. Earn at least a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Continue to use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Attend diversity focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • If interested, attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or Wilder School-related events.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Speak with employers that visit campus throughout the year.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • Run for leadership in your student organization.
  • If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, consider applying for the VCU Honors College.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Review and complete course requirements of the transfer map.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Use Navigate to connect with your advisor and create a program plan.
  • Register for SDV 100.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Browse careers related to Criminal Justice through the NOVA career planning system.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor.
  • Complete requirements for the associate’s degree. Earn at least a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Continue to use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend diversity focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • If interested, attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or Wilder School-related events.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Speak with employers that visit campus throughout the year.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • Run for leadership in your student organization.
  • If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, consider applying for the VCU Honors College.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.

Course equivalent
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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Criminal Justice

Northern Virginia Community College (Associate of Science: Criminology and Criminal Justice)

Northern Virginia Community College courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
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
HIS 112History of World Civilizations IIHIST 1023General education
MTH 154Quantitative ReasoningMATH 1313General education
ENG 112College Composition II UNIV 2003General education
PSY 200Principles of PsychologyPSYC 1013General education
ADJ 107Survey of CriminologyCRJS 1XX3Elective
CST 110Intro to CommunicationSPCH 1213Elective
ITE 115 (or ITE 119)Intro to Computer Applications and Concepts (or ITE 119)INFO 160, 161, 1623Elective
ADJ 211Criminal Law, Evidence and ProceduresCRJS 2XX3Elective
BIO 101 or CHM 101General Biology I or Introductory ChemistryBIOL/Z 151 or CHEM/Z 1104General education
MTH 245Statistics STAT 2103Major
SOC 200Principles of SociologySOCY 1013General education
ADJ 234 or ADJ 236Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism or Principles of Criminal InvestigationCRJS 2XX 3Elective
CST 151Film Appreciation IENGL 2503General education
ADJ 140Introduction to CorrectionsCRJS 2533Major
BIO 102 or CHM 102General Biology II or Introductory Chemistry IIBIOL/Z 152 or CHEM 1XX4General education
ADJ 133Ethics and the Criminal Justice ProfessionalCRJS 1XX3Elective
REL 231Religions of the World IRELS 3113General education
Northern Virginia Credits Transferred to VCU60
VCU courses
CourseTitleCreditsRequirements
Bachelor of Science: Criminal Justice with a concentration in Justice
Foreign language through the 102 level.   (This requirement can be fulfilled by means of completion of the 102-level of a language or waived if the student completed up through the third level of a foreign language in high school.  Additionally, language waiver and placement testing options are available for native or heritage speakers of a non-english language.) 0 to 8General education (not waived by associate degree)
CRJS 254Introduction to Policing3Major
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. 18Elective
Open electives9Elective
Credits Completed at VCU60
Bachelor's degree total120
Bachelor of Science: Criminal Justice with a concentration in forensic crime scene investigation
Foreign language through the 102 level.   (This requirement can be fulfilled by means of completion of the 102-level of a language or waived if the student completed up through the third level of a foreign language in high school.  Additionally, language waiver and placement testing options are available for native or heritage speakers of a non-english language.) 0 to 8General education (not waived by associate degree)
CRJS 254Introduction to Policing3Major
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. 18Elective
Open electives9Elective
Credits Completed at VCU60
Bachelor's degree total120
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