Earn an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice with a Criminology Concentration

With our industry-driven associate degree in Criminal Justice with a Criminology Concentration, students develop the skills to understand the theoretical foundations and practical applications of the criminal justice system. They gain expertise in areas such as criminal law, interrogation techniques, report writing, and juvenile justice.

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Apply for an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice with a Criminology Concentration Designed for You!

Our Criminology Focused Criminal Justice program is designed by industry experts to ensure students gain a comprehensive understanding of the criminal justice system, blending theoretical foundations with practical skills. Turn Your Past Experience into Your Future Degree! Earn credit for prior learning in the Criminal Justice Program at Blue Ridge CTC. Transform your professional experience into college credits and take the next step in your career today!

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Build a solid foundation for a promising career with our Criminology Focused Criminal Justice associate degree. Blue Ridge CTC offers a blend of real-world knowledge and additional workforce skills employers look for in qualified applicants.

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832,500

New Jobs

Projected for police and detectives in the criminal justice field by 2032!

3%

Job Growth

For various job vacancies within the criminal justice field by 2032! (as fast as average)

$74,910

Average Salary

For various jobs like police and sheriff personnel and other law enforcement roles.

54%

of BRCTC Alumni

Continue their education after earning a certificate or Associate degree.

    • BLS predicts 832,500 new jobs for police and detectives in the legal and law enforcement industry by 2030.
    • According to BLS, $74,910 is the average annual salary drawn by police personnels, detectives, and other law enforcement professionals.
    • BLS predicts a 3% growth in new job vacancies within the criminal justice sector by 2030.
    • As per Blue Ridge CTC Annual Graduate Report, 54% of graduates continued their education after earning a certificate or degree.

Why Pursue an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice with a Criminology Concentration?

With the two-year Blue Ridge CTC Associate degree in Criminal Justice with a Criminology Concentration, students gain a practical understanding of criminological theory and its applications in the criminal justice system. The curriculum helps students to:

    • Understand the theoretical foundations of the criminal justice system.
    • Develop practical skills in criminal law, interrogation techniques, and report writing.
    • Gain expertise in areas such as juvenile justice, criminal profiling, and criminological theory.
    • Analyze underlying social issues and individual psychological aspects underlying criminal behavior.
    • Get guidance from faculty members meant for career advancement or further studies.

Become Career Ready with an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice with a Criminology Concentration?

Can you see yourself as a successful Benefit Program Specialist, Criminal Research Analyst, Fraud Investigator, Verification Specialist, Investigative Analyst, Truancy Officer, or Pretrial Officer? Our Associate of Applied Science also prepares graduates for transfer to a 4-year university to start their paths towards careers in the FBI, or as Probation or Parole Officers, or to benefit from increased salary and ranking opportunities for roles as a Police Officers, Corrections Officers, or in military careers.

Throughout this program, students acquire the latest workforce-ready technical skills, knowledge, competencies, and professional aptitude required for day-to-day responsibilities as a criminal justice professional.

Earn the associate degree in Criminal Justice with a Concentration in Criminology from Blue Ridge CTC.

2-Year

Degree Program

Formats

Online, Accelerated 8-Week Classes

60

Credit Hours

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What Will Students Learn - Curriculum Overview

With a Blue Ridge CTC associate degree in Criminal Justice with a Criminology Concentration, students experience a curriculum blending theoretical foundations with practical skills, providing a comprehensive understanding of the criminal justice system.

This program delivers students a practical understanding of the criminal justice system, focusing on solution-oriented courses and skill-building opportunities. The curriculum helps students to:

    • Apply critical thinking and innovative approaches to address systemic issues in the criminal justice system.
    • Recognize the importance of ethics for justice professionals.
    • Construct a capstone project in the form of a professional portfolio tailored to aid in obtaining employment upon graduation in their preferred area of interest.
    • Apply correct psychological, physiological, sociological, or biosocial explanations of crime depending upon the situation.

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What Will You Experience at Blue Ridge CTC?

Blue Ridge CTC acts as a catalyst to career goals, gives students exposure to real-time career prospects and provides a learning environment supporting personal and professional growth.

World-class Pedagogy That Shapes Future Leaders!

Effective faculty is the backbone of any school. Our faculty are committed teachers and scholars who:

Deliver real-world learning to shape a students’ job market competency.

Impart teaching that promotes creativity and sets the base for further 4-year programs.

Extend a smart learning model that raises job prospects

Integrate best-in-class learning formats and resources to drive focused learning.

Student Support Services and Spaces for Balanced Learning!

We provide comprehensive Student Support Services to promote student success.

Student Services provides a variety of support, including tutoring, accessibility accommodations and more!

We provide high-tech classes, supporting labs, and study areas to promote a balanced education.

We recognize talent and celebrate performance with awards and acknowledgments.

We have supportive staff to help with personal, professional, and academic challenges.

Placement Assistance to Nurture Careers!

We support students from admission through the career search! Career Services assists students:

Find the right kind of job with a career inventory assessment

Get assistance on resume writing and referral to participating employer partners.

With interview preparation to boost their morale and get prepared with the right narration to win job negotiations.

Get a holistic learning environment, where they are nurtured to become the next set of professionals entering the workforce

Promoting Equity to Develop an Intercultural College Environment!

As a community of students, faculty, staff, and external stakeholders, we strive for diversity, equity, and inclusion on our campuses, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Campus diversity encourages open dialogue on campus.

Equity removes barriers and ensures equal opportunities are afforded to all.

Our campus offers an inclusive, welcoming environment where all are valued, celebrated, and included.

The campus community promotes diversity and inclusion through a variety of speakers and events.

Hands-on Training and Internship Opportunities

We are committed to providing students with real-time training and internship opportunities that may assist into the workforce directly after graduating.

We provide industry expert instruction to strengthen job-specific skills needed for real-world challenges.

We assist students with internship opportunities to find their way to a successful career.

We provide industry-certified expert supervision and guidance to raise students’ job prospects in the Government and Private sectors.

Our campus is well equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories, machinery, hardware, and software required to provide the technical skills needed for real jobs.

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Learn more about alumni who successfully reached their goals by earning an education at Blue Ridge CTC!

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Worried About Paying for College? Many Options Exist for Financial Aid

Blue Ridge CTC provides need-based financial aid to qualified applicants, ensuring all students have equal access to quality education.

Whether you are a student worrying about tuition fees or are a parent assisting a child paying for college, we have a wide variety of financial resources available

    • State and Federal Grant Programs 
    • Student Work-Study Opportunities 
    • Student Loans 
    • Special Grant Funding Opportunities
    • Blue Ridge CTC Foundation Scholarship opportunities

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Admissions Counselors and Academic Advisors at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College help students navigate career paths throughout their academic career.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about our associate degree in Criminal Justice with a Criminology Concentration? We can help!

Admission requirements to earn an associate degree in Criminal Justice with a Criminology Concentration include a high school diploma or equivalent and a complete application packet. Students who have earned credits at other Colleges or Universities must also provide official copies of those transcripts. There is also a $25 application fee that can be paid at any time once an application is submitted.
To choose a suitable associate degree in Criminal Justice, you must consider the time to complete, cost of tuition, and quality of the instruction provided. If you need additional insight into career options, consider a free career inventory assessment before exploring course options that align with personal and professional interests.
This degree is a good option for students who want to build a solid foundation for starting or advancing their career in Criminal Justice. After pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice with a Criminology Concentration, learners have been engaged in a curriculum blending theoretical foundations with practical skills, providing a comprehensive understanding of the criminal justice system. Learners enrolled in this concentration will gain a solid foundation in the basic principles of criminal justice and develop the critical thinking and critical thinking skills necessary to address complex issues facing criminal justice professionals. Learners also have the opportunity to earn the Justice Certificate along the way.
Students do not require ACT or SAT scores to qualify. Students may need ACT or SAT scores, or free placement testing to qualify for courses such as English, Math, or Chemistry. Placement testing can be scheduled at any time during the application process.

Disclaimer

Note: All salary projections are based on the current position and educational needs. BRCTC cannot guarantee that job titles or the projections given will be the salaries students or graduates will ultimately receive. Two year completion is approximate and based on full-time enrollment. Student testimonials, income statements, and examples on the College website are the results of real students. These testimonials are not intended to guarantee that anyone will achieve the same or similar results. Each individual’s success depends on his or her desire, commitment, dedication, and motivation to pursue academic and workforce opportunities. Testimonials are not intended to create a contract between a student and the College.