Criminal Justice

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice is designed for students who intend to enter the job market upon completion of the two-year degree.

Courses within the program assist students in the development of occupationally specific abilities with emphasis on interpersonal skills, group dynamics, problem solving, and critical thinking. The purpose of the program is to prepare students for the challenges of working in this dynamic profession.

Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice students who are continuing on to a 4-year degree, should get YVC’s Associate of Arts Degree with Criminal Justice courses being utilized to fulfill AA degree requirements.

Degree and Certificates

Criminal Justice, AAS

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice is designed for students who intend to enter the job market upon completion of the two-year degree. Courses within the program assist students in the development of occupationally specific abilities with emphasis on interpersonal skills, group dynamics, problem-solving, and critical thinking. The purpose of the program is to meet the needs of criminal justice employers by preparing students for the challenges of working in a dynamic profession.

Students may also desire to further their education with additional schooling and have many options to do so. The YVC Criminal Justice program has articulation agreements with four-year institutions that take the Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice degree and upon completion of specific courses, the student earns a bachelor degree. The YVC Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice degree can also be used for a Bachelor of Applied Science degree. YVC students have the opportunity to complete a BAS degree in Business Management here on campus or attend any of the multiple community colleges and/or universities that offer BAS degrees. Should a student wish to earn the Associate of Arts – Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) degree at YVC, Criminal Justice courses should be used to fulfill that degree’s electives.

Many colleges and universities accept YVC’s Criminal Justice courses as part of their degree programs. Students who will be transferring are advised to consult the requirements of the transfer institution.

Communications/Call Taker Certificate

The communications/call taker certificate will be awarded to students who successfully complete the following course work with a 2.0 or better GPA.

Correctional Certificate

Students can obtain a certificate in a specialized area of corrections. The correctional certificate will be awarded to students who successfully complete the following coursework with a 2.0 GPA or better.

Crime Scene Investigation Certificate

Students can obtain a certificate in a specialized area of investigations. The crime science investigation certificate will be awarded to students who successfully complete the following coursework with a 2.0 GPA or better.

Police Clerk/Support Specialist Certificate

The police clerk/support specialist certificate will be awarded to students who successfully complete the following course work with a 2.0 or better GPA.

Contacts

Janet Foster GoodwillCriminal Justice Instructor
Yakima Campus
Deccio Higher Education Center
Building 8, Room 233
Phone: 509.574.4794
Cathy Van WinsenProgram Assistant
Yakima Campus
Technology Complex
Building 24, Room 100
Phone: 509.574.4796