Earn an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice with a Concentration in Social Justice

With our industry-driven associate degree in Criminal Justice with a Concentration in Social Justice, students develop a robust skill set through an immersive curriculum to develop the tools necessary to support and advocate for those affected by crime. From crisis intervention techniques to navigating legal procedures and advocating for policy reform, graduates emerge equipped to be compassionate leaders in their communities, advocating for the rights and dignity of those affected by crime. The Social Justice concentration provides students with the potential to earn NACP credentialing, allowing them to use the C.A. (Credentialed Advocate) designation upon completion. They may also learn the critical skill of forensic interviewing. The Advanced Skill Set Certificate in Forensic Interviewing and the Certificate in Victim Advocacy can be earned along the route to completing the degree.

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

Our Social Justice focused Criminal Justice concentration is designed by industry experts to ensure students gain the skills necessary for victim advocacy, forensic interviewing, and policy reform to support and champion the rights of those affected by crime. Do you have on-the-job experience? 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 Social Justice focused Criminal Justice degree -world knowledge and additional workforce skills employers look for in qualified applicants.

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194,600

New Jobs

Projected for social and community service managers in the criminal justice field by 2032!

9%

Job Growth

Projected for social and community service managers between 2022 and 2032!

$77,030

Average Salary

For various jobs working for nonprofit organizations, for-profit social service companies, and government agencies.

54%

of BRCTC Alumni

Continue their education after earning a certificate or Associate degreeue

    • BLS predicts 194,600 new jobs social and community service managers in the criminal justice field by 2032.
    • According to BLS, $77,030 is the average annual salary drawn by nonprofit organizations, for-profit social service companies, and government agencies.
    • BLS predicts a 9% growth in new job vacancies within the criminal justice sector between 2022 and 2032.
    • 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 Concentration in Social Justice?

With the two-year Blue Ridge CTC Associate degree in Criminal Justice with a Concentration in Social Justice, students develop the skills to assist and advocate for those impacted by crime. The degree lets students:

    • Get practical exposure through the first NACP-endorsed course in the state, which leads to the C.A. credential for advocates.
    • Learn industry-specific skills focused on forensic interviewing and victim advocacy.
    • Develop a solid foundation required for roles such as Victim Advocate, Victim Liaison, BIPP Facilitator, Domestic Violence Specialist, Shelter Advocate, CASA advocate, Sexual Assault Services Coordinator, Sexual Assault Response Team Coordinator, Community Coordinator, Forensic Interviewer, or Victim Liaison.
    • Get guidance from faculty members meant for career advancement or further studies.

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

Can you see yourself as a successful Victim Advocate, Domestic Violence Specialist or Sexual Assault Services Coordinator? Our Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice with a Concentration in Social Justice teaches students in-demand skills through an industry-focused curriculum required to enter the Victim Advocacy Field.

Throughout this program, students learn the latest workforce-ready technical skills, knowledge, competencies, and professional aptitude required in day-to-day as a Criminal Justice Professional.

Earn the associate degree in Criminal Justice with a Concentration in Social Justice from Blue Ridge CTC!

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Degree Program

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Online, Accelerated 8-week Classes

60

Credit Hours

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What Will You Learn - Curriculum Overview

With a Blue Ridge CTC associate degree in Criminal Justice with a Concentration in Social Justice, students learn hands-on skills necessary to emerge equipped to be compassionate leaders in their communities, advocating for the rights and dignity of those affected by crime.

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.
    • Demonstrate the foundational skills necessary to become a credentialed advocate.

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Build Your Future With Blue Ridge CTC

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What 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 their 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 to enter 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 Blue Ridge CTC’s Associate degree in Criminal Justice? We can help!

Admission requirements to earn an associate degree in Criminal Justice with a Concentration in Social Justice 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 a career in Criminal Justice with a Concentration in Social Justice. After pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice with a Concentration in Social Justice, Graduates emerge equipped to be compassionate leaders in their communities, advocating for the rights and dignity of those affected by crime. Students have the opportunity to emerge into the workforce with NACP credentialing, allowing them to use the C.A. (Credentialed Advocate) designation upon completion. Students will acquire a robust skill set through an immersive curriculum to develop the tools necessary to support and advocate for those affected by crime.
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.