Criminal Justice at Western Piedmont Community College


This program is no longer enrolling new students. Please review our Online Learning programs and learn about degree-completion opportunities through Lees-McRae. Learn more

About the Program

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Criminal Justice enables community college graduates with an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice, or a related field, to continue their education and advance their career. Students who pursue this degree are required to complete the academic core requirements, as well as advanced coursework in the major that is complementary to the vocational, technical or professional area of the associate’s degree.

A Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in Criminal Justice prepares the student for leadership in positions in the criminal, investigative, and juvenile justice systems. Graduates of the program work in law enforcement and government agencies at the local, state, and federal levels.

Many criminal justice professionals with an associate degree find that they have sufficient experience for career advancement, but lack the education requirements for promotion to management positions. However, adult students with career experience have unique needs that make pursuing a traditional baccalaureate degree an unsatisfactory experience that offers little personal enrichment. The BAAS is designed for adult learners who already exhibit responsibility and professionalism, and want to advance their career options and enrich their personal lives through the
completion of a baccalaureate degree.