Criminal Justice

The VC-CENTS Criminal Justice major is designed to meet the needs of students who have completed two years or more of acceptable college credit—approximately 50 hours in general education requirements.

The students in this program typically are working full time and interested in completing their degrees in the evening while continuing to work. Many of our students are already employed in related fields such as law enforcement, probation, counseling, social work or as an administrator for an agency related to those professions.

The opportunity to attend class one night per week on a year-round basis allows an earlier completion of the degree—the goal is 18 months. Courses are offered in three semesters in which students register in cohorts. Students also can take advantage of a program that offers credit for prior learning, where experiences such as time in the military can be converted to academic credit.

Financial aid is available as well. Students wishing to apply should contact the Financial Aid Office four to six weeks prior to registration.


Completion of the VC-CENTS Criminal Justice major requires 124 credit hours.

General Education Requirements:  50 hours

Major Cohort Requirements:  46 hours

Free Elective Requirements:  28 hours

Module Requirements:

  • Module 1 - Technical Writing
  • Module 2 - Adult Development & Life Assessment
  • Module 3 - Research Methods
  • Module 4 - Social Statistics
  • Module 5 - Minorities in Criminal Justice
  • Module 6 - U. S. Constitution
  • Module 7 - Social Problems
  • Module 8 - Substance Abuse
  • Module 9 - Deviant Behavior
  • Module 10 - Court Services
  • Module 11 - Criminal Law
  • Module 12 - Human Behavior & Social Environment
  • Module 13 - Intro to Social Work
  • Module 14 - Ethic in Social Science
  • Module 15 - Action Research Project


Download a .PDF of the Criminal Justice Manual