The Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice is designed for students who intend to enter the job market upon completion of the two-year degree. Courses within the program assist students in the development of occupationally specific abilities with emphasis on interpersonal skills, group dynamics, problem-solving, and critical thinking. The purpose of the program is to meet the needs of criminal justice employers by preparing students for the challenges of working in a dynamic profession.
Members of the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee represent a variety of employment positions within the profession including law enforcement, the courts, institutional corrections, community corrections, and private sector employment as well as local, state, and federal government. Recommendations and information from the Advisory Committee aid in preparing students for employment.
Students may also desire to further their education with additional schooling and have many options to do so. The YVC Criminal Justice program has articulation agreements with four-year institutions that take the Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice degree and upon completion of specific courses, the student earns a bachelor degree. The YVC Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice degree can also be used for a Bachelor of Applied Science degree. YVC students have the opportunity to complete a BAS degree in Business Management here on campus or attend any of the multiple community colleges and/or universities that offer BAS degrees. Should a student wish to earn the Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) degree at YVC, Criminal Justice courses should be used to fulfill that degree’s electives.
Many colleges and universities accept YVC’s Criminal Justice courses as part of their degree programs. Students who will be transferring are advised to consult the requirements of the transfer institution.