Building on a strong general studies foundation, this program will prepare you for a career in the field of criminal justice.
You may select a concentration in either Law Enforcement or Corrections. Graduates of the program may find employment as police officers, correctional officers, probation or parole officers at the local, state or federal level.
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 transfer hours will be entered on the transcript and will be calculated in the student's GPA at Bluefield State College.
Students can earn up to 13 hours of credit by submitting a photocopy of a graduation certificate from an accredited police academy, state, or local federal correctional academy. A certified law enforcement academy is one that provides entry-level enforcement training plus in-service and specialty training with a full-time staff of instructors possessing criminal justice expertise.
The minimum credit awards for Academy Training hours are:
Law Enforcement (13 credits)
Corrections (13 credits)
Take note: Acquiring this degree may take more than eight semesters. In order to get your degree, you will need to complete the required coursework listed below.
The Forensic Investigation Concentration is designed to prepare Bluefield State College students for careers in federal and state law enforcement. It is particularly useful for those students seeking specialized positions in these fields which focus on criminal investigations and analyzing evidence. Graduates of this program may find employment in any of the many different law enforcement agencies in the United States. The following courses must be taken in addition to the Criminal Justice Core.
Health & Wellness Credit Hour(s): 2
An introductory course designed to acquaint the student with the three components of the criminal justice system-police, courts, and corrections. The course focuses on the interrelationships that exist among these segments of the system. Fall.
A study of the requirements of and protections provided by the substantive and case law of the United States. Fall.
Theory and practice of the criminal justice system from arrest to release. The following areas are covered: rules of evidence, burden of proof, and testimonial privilege. PR: CRMJ 163 or permission from the instructor. Spring.
A study of current theoretical explanations of crime as a social problem, including structural, social, psychological, and critical theories of crime causation and treatment. PR: CRMJ 151 and 163. Fall.
A study of contemporary American corrections, including detention facilities, organizations and personnel, programs and activities, inmate society, and trends. PR: CRMJ 151. Fall.
Specialized instruction in preparing Criminal Justice Documentation; instruction in preparing various types of Business Communications. PR: ENGL 102. Fall.
A history of the social, moral, cultural and economic problems caused by substance abuse in our society. PR: CRMJ 151 and ENGL 102. Spring.
A study of deviant behavior and current criminological theories, with emphasis on justice-system applications as related to juvenile offenders. PR: CRMJ 151 and ENGL 102 (or 6 credits in psychology). Spring.
A study of the history and philosophy of probation, parole, and community-based corrections. Emphasis will be given to organizational and community structures of federal, state, and local methods of correction in the community, as well as to problems of supervision, case management procedures, legal framework of correctional operations, and use of emerging community-based correctional techniques. PR: CRMJ 221 and ENGL 102. Fall.
A study of research methodology in criminal justice and social sciences. The course features an in-depth consideration of legal terminology and the mechanics of legal research. PR: ENGL 102. Spring.
Study of the American legal system on both the state and national levels. Focus on the concept of law, selection of judges, criminal and civil procedure and trial and appellate processes. PR or CR: POSC 200 or POSC 210. Fall.
A treatment of ethical issues which arise in areas of Law Enforcement, Corrections, Community Corrections, Private Security, and Government. Emphasis will be placed on current issues in the Criminal Justice Field. PR: CRMJ 151. Fall.
In-depth study and analysis of critical issues facing the American system of justice. PR: CRMJ 151. Fall.
A study of basic principles of American constitutional government with emphasis on leading Supreme Court cases. PR: POSC 200 or POSC 210. Spring.
Sources, classifications, functions, and evolution of law. Courts and procedures, torts, contracts, real and personal property, agency relationships, forms of business organizations, estates, landlord and tenant, and bankruptcy. Spring.
A comparative study of American state and local governments, with emphasis on federalism, federal and state relations, interstate regulations and the structure and political process of state and local governments. Spring.
Supervised internship in one of the agencies of the criminal justice system. Requires ten hours of contact per week for 16 weeks for each three hours of requested credit. Maximum of 12 hours. PR: Junior standing and consent from the instructor.
Studies in major field for students who have demonstrated a capacity for responsible work. Not repeatable. PR: Permission of directing professor and dean.
An experimental and theoretical study of the phenomena of psychopathology as well as a survey of the methods of clinical diagnosis and therapy. Emphasis is taken within the framework of current diagnostic classification systems. PR: PSYC 103, PSYC 210 and 3 additional hours of psychology credits. Fall.
A study and analysis of the effects of social structure upon an individual’s behavior. Social influence on personality development, attitude change, prejudice, crowd behavior and group dynamics will be emphasized. PR: PSYC 103 and PSYC 210. Spring, Even.
Grammar and syntax, pronunciation, elementary written and oral composition. Fall, Spring.
This program of study is designed to prepare Bluefield State students for careers in corrections and related fields. Graduates of this program may find employment as corrections officers, parole or probation officers at the federal, state or local level. The following courses must be taken in addition to the Criminal Justice core:
A study of the principles of organization and administration as applied to correctional agencies. An introduction to concepts of organizational behavior and TQM in the correctional setting. PR: CRMJ 151, 163. Spring.
A review of major issues, theories, and research relative to rehabilitative counseling, practices used in correctional settings, and counseling techniques. Emphasis is placed on both cognitive and affective skill improvement. PR: Junior standing or consent of the instructor. PR: CRMJ 221 and ENGL 102. Spring.
Analysis of the theory of organization and administration of correctional institutions; principles of institutional corrections. PR: CRMJ 221. Spring, Even.
The purpose of this course is to provide a better understanding of the plight of crime victims. This course will explore "victimology" (the study of victims), and will look at all aspects of victims of crime, from prevalence and demographics to needs and perspectives. The student will grow in knowledge related to crime victims and their relationship to the criminal justice process. The student will understand the impact of the criminal justice process on victims of crime, as well as offenders through victim-offender mediation programs (restorative justice model). Various services provided to crime victims throughout the country will be explored, as well as programs related to compensation for crime victims. PR: CRMJ 221, CRMJ 301. Fall, Odd.
Practice in the techniques of effective academic writing with an emphasis on the writing process, including rhetorical methods, patterns of organization, and an introduction to APA formatting. Available to students scoring 18 or higher on the English section of the ACT, 450 or higher on the verbal portion of the SAT-I, or 88 or higher on the ACCUPLACER Sentences Skills test. Fall, Spring.
Designed to acquaint the student with the scientific method as it is applied to the study of human behavior. A survey of social processes as they relate to culture and society forms the reference framework for the course. Fall, Spring.
A beginning course introducing the student to the use of computers and requiring no previous computer experience or technical background. The impact of computers on society is briefly discussed, along with an overview of the types, classifications, and functions of various computer hardware, software, and peripherals. The hands-on use of microcomputers is stressed and the ability to use word processing software is emphasized.
Continued practice in reading and composition with an emphasis on the research process, including an introduction to literary analysis and MLA format. Students must earn a grade of a C or above or repeat this course to fulfill the general education requirement. PR: C or higher in ENGL 101 or CLEP score of 50 or higher or advanced placement waiving ENGL 101 or ACT English mechanics/usage subtest score of 9 or higher or COMPASS Writing Diagnostics test score of 76 or higher. Fall, Spring.
Study of natural numbers, integers, rational numbers, real numbers, equations, and inequalities; ratio, proportion and variation; graphs; interest; introduction to elementary statistics. Available to students scoring ACT Math score of 19 or higher, a COMPASS Pre-Algebra score of 59 or higher, or an SAT Math score of 460 or higher. Fall, Spring.
An introductory course in the principles of human behavior. It deals with topics such as scientific method in psychology, measurement, learning, development, perception, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior, intelligence and others. Fall, Spring.
In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take a Health & Wellness course.
Survey of the American political system, with emphasis on the Constitution,governmental structure, the political process and selected policy outcomes Fall, Spring
In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take two restricted Criminal Justice electives.
In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take a Physical or Biological Science I course and a lab.
A study of representative works of world literature from antiquity to 1750. The course emphasizes the study and consideration of the literary, cultural, and human significance of selected great works of the Western and non-Western literary traditions. This course gives special attention to critical thinking and writing within a framework of cultural diversity. PR: A grade of C or higher in ENGL 102. HIST 101 is recommended. Fall, Spring.
In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take an elective and a Physical or Biological Science II course and a lab.
The study and analysis of several types of disapproved behavior, which have aroused major social concern and efforts to do something about them. Special emphasis will be given to such areas as drug use and addiction; homosexuality; prostitution; white collar, professional, organized and violent crimes; suicide; and mental illness. PR: SOCI 210. Fall.
In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take a restricted Criminal Justice elective.
This introductory course in human communication develops communication competence by exploring the foundations of communication, interpersonal communication, group communication and public speaking. Emphasis is on developing practical skills in the following areas: critical thinking, research, listening, language, nonverbal, ethics, conflict management and resolution, self-confidence, perception, relationships, teamwork, interviewing, public speaking, and diversity. PR: ENGL 102 and Computer Literacy course. Fall, Spring.
In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take an elective course.
An analysis and discussion of problems and experiences gained during the field internship, and of the knowledge gained through the course work completed in criminal justice. An emphasis is placed on integrating theory and practice. PR: Senior standing or permission of the instructor. Spring.
Designed to prepare Bluefield State College students for careers in federal and state law enforcement, graduates of this program may find employment in any of the many different law enforcement agencies in the United States or in the area of homeland security. The following courses must be taken in addition to the Criminal Justice core.
A basic course in law enforcement with emphasis on the history of law enforcement, role of the police in a democracy, police and community relations, organizations and career orientation. PR: CRMJ 151 or permission from the instructor. Spring.
Introduction to fundamentals of criminal investigation, including theory and history, conduct at crime scenes, collection and preservation of evidence. PR: CRMJ 151 and eligibility for enrollment in ENGL 101. Fall.
A study of the principles of organization and administration as applied to law enforcement agencies. An introduction to concepts of organizational behavior. PR: CRMJ 151 and ENGL 102. Spring.
A study of police operations with a focus on patrol procedures to include auto, air, bike, and K-9. Students will learn the police hiring process from the Physical Aptitude Test (PAT) through the oral interview. The course will also examine police use of force, both lethal and non-lethal. The police-military interface will also be explored. PR: Permission of instructor, CRMJ 151 and ENGL 102. Spring.
An in-depth study of private security organizations, needs and requirements in the United States. PR: CRMJ 280. Spring.
An in-depth analysis of the origins and historical perspectives of terrorism, both domestic and international. Areas of study will include definitions, origins, historical development, and usages. PR: CRMJ 151 and ENGL 102. Fall.
Survey of the American political system, with emphasis on the Constitution, governmental structure, the political process and selected policy outcomes. Fall, Spring.
In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take a restricted Criminal Justice elective course.
Develops proficiency in oral communications through the learning of basic forms, uses, and techniques of public speaking. Emphasis is on practical aspects of speech writing, listening, and oral presentations. PR: a grade of “C” or better in English 102. Fall, Spring.
In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take two electives.