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THE DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE MISSION STATEMENT:

The mission of the Department of Criminal Justice is to prepare students for roles as knowledgeable citizens and responsible criminal justice professionals in a global society.
 
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Dear Criminal Justice Majors,
           
The Department of Criminal Justice at West Virginia State University weclomes students who strive to make a difference in the world and become successful professionals. As a department, our faculty are committed to helping you achieve your goals and puruse your passion. Located in the College of Professional Studies, the Department of Criminal Justice encourages the pursuit of excellence to prepare you for a career of professional service within the Criminal Justice system.
           
The outstanding Criminal Justice faculty are committed to preparing you for these careers through a challenging curriculum that encompasses areas in law enforcement, courts/legal studies, corrections and investigations.  Your student experience will include opportunities beyond the classroom, such as, internships, interaction with criminal justice field professionals, departmental organizations and attendance at various conferences.  These activities will enrich your knowledge of the field. 
 
If you are interested in attending graduate school or pursuing a career in Criminal Justice, West Virginia State University’s Department of Criminal Justice is for you.
 
Sincerely,

The Criminal Justice Department

Potential students may also be interested in West Virginia State University’s Online Criminal Justice program. Click here.  
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowBachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice
The Department of Criminal Justice offers a curriculum that will provide students with a thorough understanding of the criminal justice system and its interrelationship with society. The courses will offer students an in-depth knowledge about the crime problem in society, perpetrators of crime, and theoretical causes of crime. This foundation will prepare students for successful careers in law enforcement, corrections, probation/parole, day report centers, juvenile justice, investigative services, and social services, as well as graduate school and law/professional school. Completion of the program will also enhance opportunities for career advancement for those already in criminal justice careers.

The Department of Criminal Justice is committed to providing students with a knowledge of and sensitivity to multicultural, racial, and gender issues within the criminal justice system, and the larger society.

All Criminal Justice majors must earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses required in the major.
 
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
120 Hours for Graduation
  • General Education = 38-40 Hours
  • Major Course Hours = 39 Hours
    • C J 101 Introduction to C J
    • C J 204 Juvenile Justice
    • C J 223 Police and Society
    • C J 224 Punishment and Corrections
    • C J 225 Victimology
    • C J 226 Court Systems in the U.S.
    • C J 307 Criminal Law
    • C J 308 Ethics in Criminal Justice
    • C J 313 Race and Gender Issues
    • C J 322 Criminology
    • C J 380 Criminal Procedure
    • C J 415 Management in C J
    • C J 425 Senior Seminar in C J
  • CJ Cognate Courses = 12 Hours
    • CJ 314 Stats for Prof. Studies or PSYC 200 Stats for Beh. and Social Sciences
    • CJ 315 Research Methods or PSYC 390 Research Methods
    • CJ 320 Comm. for CJ Prof. I or ENGL 160 Practical English Grammar and Usage 
    • CJ 330 Comm. for CJ Prof. II or ENGL 204 Writing for Business and Other Prof.
  • 15 Hours of Option Area Courses:  (Courts/Legal Studies, Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Forensic Investigations)
  • General Electives = 14-16 Hours


Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice - Forensic Science Option
120-121 Hours for Graduation

  • General Education = 32-33 Hours
  • Major Course Hours =  40 Hours
    • C J 101 Introduction to C J
    • C J 223 Police and Society
    • C J 224 Punishment and Corrections
    • C J 225 Victimology
    • C J 226 Court Systems in the U.S.
    • C J 301 Intro to Forensic Science
    • CJ 307 Criminal Law
    • C J 308 Ethics in Criminal Justice
    • C J 314 Statistics for Professional Studies
    • CJ 315 Research Methods
    • C J 322 Criminology
    • C J 409 Advanced Forensic Science Lab
    • C J 425 Senior Seminar in C J
  • Forensic/Natural Science Courses 
    • BIO 120 Fundamentals of Biology (Gen. Ed. Req.)
    • BIO 121 Biological Diversity
    • BIO 210 Anatomy & Physiology
    • BIO 270 Genetics
    • CHEM 105 General Chemistry I
    • CHEM 107 General Chemistry Lab I
    • CHEM 106 General Chemistry II
    • CHEM 108 General Chemistry Lab II
    • CHEM 205 Organic Chemistry I
    • CHEM 207 Organic Chemistry Lab I
    • CHEM 206 Organic Chemistry II
    • CHEM 208 Organic Chemistry Lab II
    • CHEM 211 Analytical Chemistry
    • MATH 120 College Algebra (Gen. Ed. Req.)
  • General Electives = 6 Hours

Minor in Criminal Justice - 15 Hours
  • CJ 101 Introduction to CJ
  • Two Courses from 200/300 Level
  • Two Courses from 300/400 Level

Regents Bachelor of Arts - Emphasis in Criminal Justice
An Area of Emphasis in Criminal Justice in the Regents Bachelor of Arts degree shall consist of a group of courses representative of the options in Criminal Justice. A minimum grade of C is required in each CJ course in the Area of Emphasis.
  • C J 307 Criminal Law
  • C J 308 Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • C J 313 Race, Gender and Crime
  • C J 315 Research Methods 
  • C J 322 Criminology
  • C J 380 Criminal Procedure


Courts/Legal Studies Option
Courts/Legal Studies Option
The Courts/Legal Studies Option area is open to all currently enrolled students in the Criminal Justice Department.  This highly focused option offers students the opportunity to explore the various roles, functions and responsibilities of the numerous positions in the legal system. This program will provide students with an understanding of the legal processes, sentencing alternatives, substance use interventions, advocacy services, victim support and other areas that support the criminal justice system. 
 
Required Courses (Select Five):
CJ 299 Special Topics
CJ 301 Introduction to Forensic Science
CJ 304 Crimes in the Family
CJ 311 Drugs & Society
CJ 316 Firearms & Ballistics
CJ 323 Therapeutic Interviewing and Counseling
CJ 370 International Terrorism
CJ 399 Special Topics
CJ 408 Correctional Law
CJ 413 Internship in Criminal Justice
CJ 418 Correctional Counseling
CJ 420 Law and Social Control
CJ 435 Criminal Evidence
CJ 455 Interviewing & Interrogation
CJ 465 Sex Crimes
CJ 499 Special Topics
 


Law Enforcement Option
Law Enforcement Option
The Law Enforcement Option area focuses on the demands, functions, goals and career positions within law enforcement agencies.  This option explores issues within policing, various specializations in law enforcement, crime analysis and the demands and responsibilities placed upon officers and staff.  This program will provide students with a thorough understanding of the various roles law enforcement officers, interviewing techniques, legal processes, security capacities, and areas that support law enforcement and the criminal justice system. 
 
Required Courses (Select Five):
CJ 299 Special Topics
CJ 301 Introduction to Forensic Science
CJ 304 Crimes in the Family
CJ 311 Drugs & Society
CJ 316 Firearms & Ballistics
CJ 329 Private Security
CJ 362 Contemporary Issues in Policing
CJ 370 International Terrorism
CJ 385 Criminal Investigation
CJ 399 Special Topics
CJ 413 Internship in Criminal Justice
CJ 418 Correctional Counseling
CJ 435 Criminal Evidence
CJ 445 Crime Scene Investigation
CJ 455 Interviewing & Interrogation
CJ 465 Sex Crimes
CJ 475 Homicide Evidence
CJ 499 Special Topics
 


Corrections Option
Corrections Option
The Corrections Option area is open to all currently enrolled students in the Criminal Justice Department.  This highly focused option explores current issues in corrections, including evidence-based programs and practices for counseling offenders in correctional institutions and the community.  Students will gain a foundation in the policies, procedures, laws and regulations governing the correctional and rehabilitation systems.  Throughout the criminal justice and corrections program, students will learn from experienced instructors with first-hand knowledge that will prepare them with the skills needed to advance in the CJ field.
 
Required Courses (Select Five):
CJ 299 Special Topics
CJ 301 Introduction to Forensic Science
CJ 304 Crimes in the Family
CJ 311 Drugs & Society
CJ 312 Community Corrections
CJ 316 Firearms & Ballistics
CJ 323 Therapeutic Interviewing and Counseling
CJ 329 Private Security
CJ 331 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
CJ 350 Correctional Institutions
CJ 370 International Terrorism
CJ 399 Special Topics
CJ 408 Correctional Law
CJ 413 Internship in Criminal Justice
CJ 418 Correctional Counseling
CJ 455 Interviewing & Interrogation
CJ 499 Special Topics
 


Forensic Investigations Option
Forensic Investigations Option
The Forensic Investigations Option area focuses on the methods and techniques of criminal and homicide investigations.  Students will learn about the history and scope of forensic sciences, as well as the collection and management of criminal evidence.  This program will provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills required in criminal investigations as well as investigating techniques and the criminal justice system. 
 
Required Courses (Select Five):
CJ 299 Special Topics
CJ 301 Introduction to Forensic Science
CJ 304 Crimes in the Family
CJ 311 Drugs & Society
CJ 316 Firearms & Ballistics
CJ 362 Contemporary Issues in Policing
CJ 370 International Terrorism
CJ 385 Criminal Investigation
CJ 399 Special Topics
CJ 409 Advances Forensic Science in Laboratory
CJ 413 Internship in Criminal Justice
CJ 435 Criminal Evidence
CJ 445 Crime Scene Investigation
CJ 455 Interviewing & Interrogation
CJ 465 Sex Crimes
CJ 475 Homicide Evidence
CJ 499 Special Topics
 
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CJ Connection

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Criminal Justice Course Descriptions
 Note: All courses are three credit hours unless noted otherwise.
 
CJ 101. Introduction to Criminal Justice
A survey of the history, organization and function of the various components of the criminal justice system; police, courts and corrections. Analysis of the decisions made in the process whereby citizens become suspects; suspects become defendants; some defendants are convicted; and in turn become probationers, inmates and parolees. Successful completion of this course with a grade of C or better is required before a student can continue to take any other criminal justice courses.
 
CJ 199. Special Topics (1-3 credit hours)
A lower-division course designed for a topic of current interest, including televised courses. Prerequisite(s): As stated for each offering.
 
CJ 204. Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
A study of the law of juvenile delinquency and the administration of the juvenile justice system. Examines the historical development of the concept of delinquency, the special status of juveniles before the law. Surveys the major theories of delinquency. Considers the legal processing of abuse, neglect and dependency cases.
Prerequisite(s): CJ 101.
 
CJ 223. Police and Society
A study of the various levels, roles and functions of law enforcement in America. The nature and responsibilities of law enforcement are discussed and evaluated, including police accountability and civil liability. Examines the racial, ethnic and gender issues in law enforcement.
Prerequisite(s): CJ 101.
 
CJ 224. Punishment and Corrections
A review of the history of criminal punishment and analysis of major changes and causes. Examines the dominant justifications used for punishing offenders, such as deterrence, retribution and rehabilitation. Survey of corrections alternatives, including probation, parole, jail, prison and community corrections.
Prerequisite(s): CJ 101.
  
CJ 225. Victimology
This course will examine the multifaceted problem of crime victimization. Focuses on the incidence of criminal victimization, social characteristics of crime victims, the treatment of the victim in the criminal justice system and efforts designed to alleviate the consequences of criminal victimization and provide support for the victim.
Prerequisite(s): CJ 101.
 
CJ 226. Court Systems in the United States
This course will provide students with a working knowledge of the major structures and basic legal concepts that underlie the criminal courts. The structure of the courts, the nature of the criminal law they apply and the procedures followed by them will be examined along with the history of how they developed and the goals they seek to achieve. The state and federal court systems will be examined. Prerequisite(s): CJ 101.
 
CJ 299. Selected Topics in Criminal Justice
A lower-level course designed for a topic of special current interest, including satellite courses. Prerequisite(s): As stated for each offering.
 
CJ 301. Introduction to Forensic Science
This course is designed to make the student aware of the services of a crime laboratory and the proper utilization of these services. The course will concentrate on the significance of physical evidence and the examination of this evidence in the crime laboratory. Students will be taught the proper recognition, collection and preservation of physical evidence at the crime scene.
Prerequisite(s): CJ 101.
 
CJ 304. Crimes in the Family
This course focuses on crimes committed within families, such as domestic violence, incest, child abuse and homicide. Laws, punishments and treatments for offenders are covered in the course. The effects of these crimes on family members and society are discussed.
Prerequisite(s): CJ 101.
 
CJ 307. Criminal Law
The course covers the history and development of criminal law, elements of a crime, parties to a crime and types of offenses. The general principles of substantive criminal law are studied through the analysis of judicial opinions and text. The scope, purpose and definition of criminal offenses are examined.
Prerequisite(s): CJ 101.
 
CJ 308. Ethics in Criminal Justice
This course offers an examination of the ethical quandaries and moral dilemmas that face criminal justice practitioners; a critical review of the ethical standards used to define appropriate conduct by criminal justice officials; and explores sanctions and laws governing inappropriate conduct. Prerequisite(s): CJ 101
 
CJ 311. Drugs and Society
This course is designed to deal with the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol, both legal and illegal. The etiology, social phenomena, psychological and physiological effects and current modes of treatment within the criminal justice setting will be examined.
Prerequisite(s): CJ 101.
 
CJ 312. Community Corrections
This course will focus on probation, parole and intermediate sanctions. Community corrections programs such as restitution, community service and community-based drug treatment will be discussed. The course will examine the goals and importance of community corrections. Administration and staffing of these programs will also be explored.
Prerequisite(s): CJ 101.
 
CJ 313. Race, Gender and Crime
The study of the dynamics of racial prejudice in the United States and how it affects the criminal justice system. The relationship between minority status and criminality and the interaction of minorities with criminal justice organizations will be analyzed. Characteristics of female offenders are surveyed and offender classification systems are reviewed for their relevance to understanding motivational and behavioral patterns of female offenders. This course will explore the response of police and court officials to women as victims of crimes and will examine employment opportunities for women and minorities in the criminal justice system. Prerequisite(s): CJ 101.
 
CJ 314. Statistics for Professional Studies
This course is designed to instruct students in basic statistical concepts and statistical analysis. This course includes instruction on the computation, comprehension and interpretation of inferential statistics relating to Criminal Justice and other service professionals.
 
CJ 315. Methodology
Introduction to the concepts and methods of social science research: the role of theory in research, forming hypotheses and questions, identifying variables and gathering and analyzing statistical data. Emphasis will be on developing good writing skills, and using computers for basic statistical evaluation. This course meets the requirements of POSC 311 and SOC311.
Prerequisite(s): A grade of C in ENGL 102
 
CJ 316. Firearms/Ballistics
This course addresses forensic issues relating to the chemical aspects of firearms and ammunition.  It introduces the history and development of firearms and ammunition including advances in chemical analysis.  Several new techniques address evidence collection and testing methods including forensic firearms casework with particular emphasis on the detection of gunshot residues (GSR), firearm discharge residues (FDR), and cartridge discharge residues (CDR) on a suspect’s skin and clothing surfaces.  This course also examines unusual firearms cases and summarizes the dangers of incorrect forensic evidence and the increased need for careful training of forensic scientists.
Prerequisite(s): CJ 101.
 
CJ 320. Communication for CJ Professionals I
This course is designed to cover the issues related to the development of appropriate professional research techniques, document development, written and oral communications in the criminal justice system, law enforcement, courts and corrections. Students will concentrate on the development of proper research skills involving professional and peer reviewed resources in various formats. The students will engage in a variety of criminal justice writing styles, including policy analysis, regulation creation, legislation development and case studies. They will refine their utilization of a criminal justice style sheet. In addition to writing skills, attention will be given to the development of effective professional oral communication techniques in the areas of conversation, interviewing, sworn depositions, evidence and expository speaking.
Prerequisite(s): CJ 101
 
CJ 322. Criminology
This course focuses on the theories of crime. These theories come from several fields, including biology, criminal justice, psychology and sociology. The theories will be examined from a historical perspective beginning with the Classical School in the 1700’s and progressing to the newest integrated theories. The types and extent of crime in the United States and other countries will also be explored.
Prerequisite(s): CJ 101 or SOC 101
 
CJ 323 Therapeutic Interviewing & Counseling
This course offers the foundational strategies, skills, and tools of therapeutic interviewing along with an understanding of the formats and settings in which they will be working.  It will also cover general principles of effective interviewing and provide students with the skills and techniques for achieving various interview goals, with an emphasis on counseling interviews and the establishment of helping relationships.
 
CJ 329 Private Security
This course examines the nongovernmental, private-sector practice of protecting people, property, and information, conducting investigations, and otherwise safeguarding an organization’s assets, which may be performed for an organization by an internal department (proprietary security) or by an external, hired firm or individual (contract security).
 
CJ 330. Communication for CJ Professionals II
This course is a continuation of CJ 320 and is designed to cover the issues related to the creation of written documentation in the three major components of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, courts and corrections. Students will be introduced to the various formats, styles and organizational patterns commonly utilized in criminal justice reports and research. Students will become aware of the writing recommendations, guidelines and accrediting requirements of criminal justice professional organizations. Emphasis is also placed upon professional oral and writing skills; including report structure and construction, mechanics, grammar and specific criminal justice vocabulary and usage.
Prerequisite(s): CJ 101
 
CJ 331 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
This course is designed to effectively explain the complexities of criminal justice systems around the world.  Using an accessible, easy-to-understand comparative approach, it helps students recognize the growing importance of an international perspective.  Students gain a realistic understanding of the many ways policing, adjudication, and corrections systems can be organized and operated. This course covers more than 30 countries, offering insights into such issues as Islamic legal tradition and the Eastern Asia legal tradition.
 
CJ 350. Correctional Institutions
This course will focus on jails and prisons. Students will be provided with information on the history of incarceration, as well as theories behind this type of punishment. The course will cover the current conditions of prison life and will provide students with the viewpoints of those who live and work in prisons and jails. Also, management of prisons and jails will be discussed.
Prerequisite(s): CJ 101.
 
CJ 362. Contemporary Issues in Policing
The course covers contemporary issues in policing such as community policing, management procedures and technology.
Prerequisite(s): CJ 101.
 
CJ 370. International Terrorism
This course focuses on the phenomenon of modern terrorism since WWII around the world. This course includes a review of nations, movements and individuals who engage in terrorist violence. The effects of terrorism in terms of individuals, countries and the world are also discussed.
 
CJ 380. Criminal Procedure
A study of the historical development of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The course will focus on Supreme Court interpretations of the Bill of Rights as they apply to arrests, searches and seizures. The emphasis will be placed on the 4th, 5th and 14th amendments to the U. S. Constitution. Prerequisite(s): CJ 101
 
CJ 385. Criminal Investigation
Students will learn about the process of criminal investigation for property and violent crimes. This will include crime scene assessment, deductions from modus operandi, interviews, interrogation and modern instruments of investigation. Prerequisite(s): CJ 101
 
CJ 399. Selected Topics in Criminal Justice
An upper-level course designed for a topic of special current interest, including televised courses. Prerequisite(s): As stated for each offering.
 
CJ 408. Correctional Law
This course covers the laws that govern the sentencing process, prisoners’ rights and the rights of released offenders, and offenders sentenced to probation and intermediate sanctions. The course emphasizes United States Supreme Court cases and major lower court cases that have affected corrections.
Prerequisite(s): CJ 101
 
CJ 409 Advances Criminalistics & Forensic Science
This course is designed for practical applications of forensic evidence in both the field and in the services of a crime laboratory. The course will concentrate on the significance of physical evidence and the examination of this evidence in the legal environment. Students will demonstrate the proper recognition, collection and preservation of physical evidence at the crime scene or will demonstrate appropriate analysis of physical evidence in a laboratory setting. This course is primarily structured in field and laboratory exercises with supporting lecture and instruction.
 
CJ 413. Internship in Criminal Justice
This course will provide students the opportunity to go into the criminal justice field and observe the actual operation of the system. Students will be able to compare theory and concepts gained from courses to the actual criminal justice process they have experienced. Students may choose an internship in law enforcement, the courts, corrections or juvenile justice.
Prerequisite(s): 24 hours of CJ courses
 
CJ 415. Management of CJ Organizations
This course examines organizational and management theories as they apply to criminal justice agencies and organizations. Different management styles, practices and problems are discussed. Also covered are the structure, purpose and process of the criminal justice system and policy making in justice administration. Prerequisite(s): CJ 101, 223, 224, 225, 226, 307, 308, 313, 315, 322, 380 and senior standing.
 
CJ 418. Correctional Counseling
The course focuses on treatment and rehabilitative programs for offenders, examines the treatment methods that are the bases of these programs, and assesses the efficacy of the programs. Prerequisite(s): CJ 101
 
CJ 420. Law and Social Control
This course is designed to cover issues concerning the interrelationships between law and society.
Included are the historical developments of social control and law and the role of law in society, its social construction, interpretation and enforcement. Major theoretical perspectives related to how social status and social structure affect crime levels and societal sanctions are discussed. Also examined are new policies in criminal justice that relate to and attempt to affect the levels of crime in the United States.
Prerequisite(s): CJ 101
 
CJ 425. Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
This course is designed as a capstone experience for all seniors in the criminal justice major. The course content will vary slightly with each offering. The course will basically cover in-depth analyses of problems and issues in the criminal justice system. The course also will provide students with information about opportunities for employment in the criminal justice field and graduate school. The course will use up-to-date texts and articles from professional journals. Students will be required to complete a major research paper on a topic chosen by the student and approved by the instructor. Successful completion of the course with a grade of C or better is required for graduation. Prerequisite(s): CJ 101, 204, 223, 224, 225, 226, 307, 308, 313, 315, 322, 380 and senior standing.
 
CJ 435. Fingerprinting
This course is a study of the field of friction ridge skin analysis. Topics will include the structure of friction ridge skin, the history of friction ridge skin identification, fingerprint classification, the taking of inked impressions, latent prints and the crime scene, latent print development methods, latent print identification, automated fingerprint identification systems (AFIS), fingerprints and the law and expert witness testimony.
Prerequisite(s): CJ 101.
 
CJ 445. Crime Scene Investigation
This course is a study of the techniques and methodologies used in crime scene investigations and the modem forensic laboratory. Topics will include crime scene documentation (photography, sketching, note-taking, etc.), processing for evidence (biological evidence, fingerprints, impression evidence, trace evidence, etc.), the functions of the forensic laboratory and rules of evidence in the criminal court system. Prerequisite(s): CJ 101.
 
CJ 455. Interviewing and Interrogation
This course is a study of the techniques and methodologies used in interviewing and interrogations, specifically in criminal investigations. Topics include the processes of interviewing and interrogation as well as the legal aspects of both.
Prerequisite(s): CJ 101.
 
CJ 465. Sex Crimes
This course is a study of the topic of sex crimes, paraphilias, the investigation of sex crimes, the methodology of sex crimes and the relations of sex crimes to other deviant and criminal activity. Topics will focus on violent sexual offenders including typical typologies of such offenders and theories related to sex crimes.
Prerequisite(s): CJ 101.
 
CJ 499. Special Topics in Criminal Justice
An upper-level course designed for a topic of special current interest, including televised courses. Prerequisite(s): As stated for each offering.
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowCriminal Justice Honor Society
Alpha Phi Sigma Beta Beta Chapter The National Criminal Justice Honor Society
Alpha Phi Sigma Beta Beta Chapter
The National Criminal Justice Honor Society
West Virginia State University
 
The West Virginia State University Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society, Beta Beta Chapter, recognizes and honors outstanding scholarship in the fields of criminal justice study along with several universities and colleges across the nation and Canada affiliated with APS.   
 
Alpha Phi Sigma recognizes academic excellence of Undergraduate and Graduate students of Criminal Justice, as well as Juris Doctorate students. The Goals of Alpha Phi Sigma are to honor and promote academic excellence; community service; educational leadership and unity.  Alpha Phi Sigma is the only Criminal Justice Honor Society which is a certified member of The Association of College Honor Societies and affiliated with The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

National Membership Requirements:            
Undergraduate Students shall be enrolled at the time of application in the institution represented by a chapter, have declared a major, minor or equivalent in the criminal justice field, have completed at least three full-time semesters or its equivalent.  They must attain a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale in their cumulative courses and criminal justice classes, and rank in the top 35% of their class.  A minimum of four courses of the above course work shall be in the criminal justice field at a 3.2 average.
 
Graduate students shall be enrolled in a graduate program in criminal justice or related field; have completed four courses; have a minimum GPA of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale or rank in the upper 25% of their class. Three of the four courses, can be counted from the students undergraduate work, if the student attained a 3.4 GPA or higher in those courses.  (M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration at WVSU).
 
Law Students:  West Virginia State University does not have a Juris Doctorate program.
 
WVSU APS Faculty Advisors:  Dr. Cassandra B. Whyte, Advisor and Professor Leighann Davidson, Assisting Advisor.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 


Spring 2019 Induction
                                                     

Spring 2018 Induction


Spring 2018 Criminal Justice Faculty - Induction 


Faculty Advisors 
Dr. Cassandra B. Whyte
Prof. Leighann Davidson
 
Officers:
Ms. Bethany Neff (President)
Ms.  Elizabeth James (Vice President)
Ms. Candyce Melton (Secretary)
Ms. Kaycee Thomas
Mr. Jamaine Hunt
Mr. Jae'Von McClain



image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowCurriculum
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
Option Areas (Courts/Legal Studies, Law Enforcement, Corrections and Forensic Investigations)

Suggested Course Sequence
 
Freshman Year
First Semester
CJ 101
G ED 101 (First Year Experience)
G ED Written Comm I (Eng 101)
CJ 223
G ED Arts
Semester Total

 3
 3
 3
 3
 3
15

Second Semester
G ED Oral Communication
G ED Written Comm II (Eng 102)
G ED Mathematics
CJ 204
CJ 224
Semester Total
 
 
3
3
3
3
3
15
Sophomore Year  

First Semester
CJ 225
CJ 226
G ED Humanities
CJ Option Elective
G ED Scientific Reasoning
Semester Total
 
 
3
3
3
3
3-4
15-16
Second Semester
CJ 307 
CJ 313 
CJ Option Elective 
G ED Wellness (HHP 122/157)
G ED History (201, 202, 207 or 208)
Semester Total 

3
3
3
2
3
14
Junior Year  
First Semester
CJ 308
CJ 314
CJ Option Elective
G ED Natural Science
Free Elective 
Semester Total

3
3
3
3-4
3
15-16

Second Semester
CJ 315
CJ 320
CJ Option Elective
G ED International Perspectives
G ED Social Science
Semester Total
 

3
3
3
3
3
15
Senior Year  
First Semester
CJ 330
CJ 322
CJ 415
CJ Option Elective 
Free Elective
Semester Total

3
3
3
3
3
15

Second Semester
CJ 380
CJ 425
Free Elective 
Free Elective 
Free Elective 
Semester Total
 

3
3
3
3
3
15

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
Forensic Science Option

Suggested Course Sequence
 
Freshman Year
First Semester
CJ 101
G ED 101 (First Year Experience)
G ED Written Comm I (Eng 101)
CJ 223
G ED Scientific Reasoning (BIO 120)
Semester Total
3
3
3
3
4
16

Second Semester
G ED Oral Communication
G ED Written Comm II (Eng 102)
G ED Mathematics
CJ 224
G ED  Arts
Semester Total
 
3
3
3
3
3
15
Sophomore Year  

First Semester
CJ 225 
CJ 226 
CHEM 105
CHEM 107
BIO 121 
Semester Total
 
3
3
3
2
4
15
Second Semester
CJ 301
CJ 307 
CHEM 106
CHEM 108
BIO 210
Semester Total
3
3
3
2
4
15
Junior Year  
First Semester
CJ 308
CJ 314
G ED History (201, 202, 207 or 208)
CHEM 205
CHEM 207
Semester Total
3
3
3
3
2
14

Second Semester
CJ 322
CHEM 206
CHEM 208
G ED Humanities
G ED Social Science
Semester Total
 
3
3
3
3
3
15
Senior Year  

First Semester
CJ 315
CJ 409
CHEM 211
G ED Natural Science
G ED International Perspectives
Semester Total
 
3
3
3
3-4
3
15-16

Second Semester
CJ 425
BIO 270
G ED Wellness (HHP 122/157)
Free Elective 
Free Elective
Semester Total
 
3
4
2
3
3
15
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Former Graduate Cohorts
First graduate cohort students 2013
First Graduate Cohort 2013

Second Graduate Corhort 2015
Second Graduate Corhort 2015

Third Graduate Cohort May 2017
Third Graduate Cohort May 2017

Fourth Graduate Cohort December 2017
Fourth Graduate Cohort December 2017

 
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrow Program Learning Outcomes
Criminal Justice PLO’s
  1. Knowledge
Students will describe, analyze and evaluate the components of the Criminal Justice system and their responsibilities. Components include policing, courts, and corrections.
  1. Critical Thinking
Students will comprehend, apply and synthesize critical thinking through interpretation of information, analyzing decisions, and evaluating facts, data, theories and terms. 
  1. Communication
Students will comprehend, apply and synthesize the ability to communicate using writing, speaking, listening, and understanding.
  1. Diversity
Students will describe, analyze and synthesize the multiple perspectives of diversity including age, race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, and sexual orientation.
  1. Professional Integrity
Students will describe, analyze and evaluate the ethical standards of the components of the Criminal Justice field. Components include policing, courts and corrections.
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The Department of Criminal Justice encourages students to participate as much as possible in student organizations.  The Alpha Tau Delta is West Virginia State University's local Lambda Alpha Epsilon chapter and participates in many activities on and off campus.  The Alpha Tau Delta Chapter was established in 1995 and has given individuals who are interested in criminal justice the opportunity to gather and particpate in a variety of events. 

The mission of Alpha Tau Delta is to:
  • improve criminal justice through educational activities
  • foster professionalism in law enforcement personnel and agencies
  • promote professional, academic, and public awareness of criminal justice issues
  • encourage the establishment and expansion of higher education and professional training in criminal justice
  • provide a unified voice for professionals in, and students of, criminal justice
  • promote high standards of ethical conduct, professional training, and higher education within the criminal justice field
Alpha Tau Delta participates in a number of competitions during the West Virginia Criminal Justice Educator's Conference held during the Fall semester, such as pistol team competitions, crime scene investigations, and quiz bowl.  The club also holds a number of fundraisers in order to fund educational trips to visit historic criminal justice facilities.  The members normally meet on Tuesdays at 12:15 pm on the 5th floor of Wallace Hall.  You can also check out the club at https://www.facebook.com/wvsucjclub/.  If you are interested in becoming part of the criminal justice club, stop by and speak with one of our faculty advisors, Professor Mark Addesa or Dr. Michael Kane.  For more information about the national grand chapter, see http://www.acjalae.org/

 
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Faculty & Staff

Mr. Mark
Mr. Mark Addesa
Assistant Professor
Phone: (304) 766-3080
addesama@wvstateu.edu
Leighann
Leighann Davidson
Assistant Professor and Chair of Criminal Justice
Phone: (304) 766-5721
ljustice1@wvstateu.edu
Dr. Michael
Dr. Michael  Kane
Professor
Phone: (304) 766-4052
mkane@wvstateu.edu
Sonja
Sonja McClung
Administrative Assistant Sr.
Phone: (304) 766-3254
smcclun2@wvstateu.edu
Dr. Walter
Dr. Walter  Stroupe
Professor
Phone: (304) 766-3315
wstroupe@wvstateu.edu
Dr. Cassandra
Dr. Cassandra  Whyte
Associate Professor
Phone: (304) 766-3169
whytec@wvstateu.edu
Mr. William
Mr. William Whyte
Assistant Professor
Phone: (304) 766-3311
wwhyte@wvstateu.edu
Leighann
Leighann Davidson
Assistant Professor and Chair of Criminal Justice
518 Wallace Hall
Phone: (304) 766-5721
ljustice1@wvstateu.edu


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