The Criminal Justice Program is a non-transfer program designed to prepare individuals for entry-level employment, and permit persons already employed in the field to upgrade their skills for advancement. Classroom activities are planned to provide instruction related to the skills needed in the criminal justice field. Knowledge and skills gained through this program typically prepare for, or upgrade persons in Patrolman, Deputy Sheriff, Watchman/Guard, Corrections Officer, or Parole/ Probation Officer. All students in this program must complete a common general education core, a career support core, and an area of specialization. Southern has 2+2 transfer agreements in place with Franklin University and West Virginia State University.
Either option of the Criminal Justice Program is available on the Logan, Williamson, and Wyoming/McDowell campuses. The Boone/Lincoln Campus offers the program support courses and many, but not all, major courses.