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Foundations of Criminal Justice, CSC


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PURPOSE: This one-year program prepares students for jobs in criminal justice and law enforcement. Jobs include correction officers, security officers, and investigators. Students who are Certified Virginia Law Enforcement Officers may receive up to 12 credits toward this program. All career-technical degrees are guided by advisory committees comprised of local business leaders.

CREDENTIALS: A Career Studies Certificate (CSC) is a program of study typically less than one year in length with a major in a career-technical area. Students receiving a CSC intend to pursue immediate employment. Certified Law Enforcement Officers should visit Admissions and Records to learn about receiving some program credits in advance.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS AND SPECIAL CONDITIONS: Students must meet Brightpoint admission requirements. New students should work with their New Student Navigator to get ready for their first semester. They can also email for assistance. Continuing students should work with their faculty advisor on academic planning and graduation requirements. Persons entering the public or private sectors of criminal justice employment will be subjected to intensive physical agility tests, background investigations, psychological testing, personal interviews, physical examinations and polygraph examinations. 

PROGRAM OUTCOMES: By the completion of this program, students will be expected to demonstrate an introductory level of competency in the following skills:

  1. Model appropriate and ethical behavior during criminal justice simulations.
  2. Identify and describe each component of the criminal justice system (police, courts, corrections), giving at least 2 examples of each part of the system.
  3. Explain the purpose of the juvenile justice system, including its history, rights of juveniles, and dispositional alternatives.

Required Courses

Course NameCredits:Semester TakenNotes
ADJ 100 - Survey of Criminal Justice 3 credits
ADJ 133 - Ethics and the Criminal Justice Professional 3 credits
ADJ 201 - Criminology 3 credits
ADJ 211 - Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedures I Additional Course Options: ADJ 227, ADJ 241.         3 credits
ENG 111 - College Composition I

Prerequisite(s): EDE 10, co-enrollment in EDE 11, or other placement measures.   

3 credits
ITE 152 - Introduction to Digital Literacy and Computer Applications Additional Course Options: ENG 112.  3 credits

Total Minimum Credits to Complete: 18


Pre-requisite and co-requisite requirements can be found in course details.

Students should regularly meet with their faculty advisor and check their degree progress by accessing advisement reports in the Student Information System (SIS) in the myBrightpoint portal or the Academic Planner in Navigate.