B.S. Criminal Justice Administration
The Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration prepares students for a variety of careers in the field of Criminal Justice. Graduates of the program may find employment as police officers, correctional officers, probation or parole officers, or counselors at the local, state, and federal level. The Criminal Justice Administration curriculum offers a choice of majors in either law enforcement or corrections.
The program of study follows a recommended eight semester format. Students should be aware that certain factors may require deviation from the recommended schedule, and that completion of the degree could require longer than eight semesters. Entering students, who have already completed an associate degree in criminal justice or the equivalent from an accredited institution may transfer in and be admitted at junior status in the particular specialization chosen. They can then earn the baccalaureate degree by completing the general studies program and those courses specified for the third and fourth year of the major. Up to 72 hours of credit from all regionally accredited community colleges may be applied toward the degree; all hours transferred in will be entered on the transcript and will be calculated in the students’ GPA at Bluefield State College.
Up to 13 credit hours will be awarded to individuals within this discipline who present to the registrar a photocopy of graduation certificate from an accredited police academy or an accredited state or federal correctional academy. Additional credits may be awarded in accordance with articulation agreements made by Bluefield State College and various institutions. The minimum credit awards are: