Volunteer State Community College A.A.S. in Criminal Justice

Degree Advancement Program: Advance from an A.A.S. into a Bachelor’s Degree


Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies with a concentration in Organizational Leadership prepares the student for management positions in criminal justice and criminology. The component courses are in the fields of supervision, organizational systems, communications, statistics, and organizational relations. Other applicable courses include public relations, psychology, business etiquette, human resources, and cultural diversity, providing a broad spectrum of courses to offer preparation for a variety of careers.

Completing an A.A.S. in Criminal Justice at Volunteer State Community College builds an excellent foundation and preparation for a bachelor’s degree program. Sixty (60) credit hours may be transferred from VSCC and credited toward a Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies with a concentration in Organizational Leadership available through MTSU’s University College. You may take some or all of the courses required to complete the bachelor’s degree online to allow your studies to fit around your work and family responsibilities.

How to get started

Contact the VSCC or MTSU representative listed below.


Volunteer State Community College
Phyllis Foley 
(615) 230-4828 
Volunteer State Community College Requirements (Opens in a new tab)

Middle Tennessee State University

MTSU Requirements

English (choose one) 
ENGL 1020 Research and Arg. Writing (MTSU) - 3 Credits
or ENGL 1020 English Composition II (RODP) - 3 Credits

History* - 6 Credits
Humanities and/or Fine Arts* - 6 Credits
Natural Sciences* - 8 Credits

Administration and Supervision (choose one)
PADM 3601 Public Administration - 3 Credits
MGMT 3610 Principles of Management and Organizational Behavior - 3 Credits
TECH 4381 Principles of Supervision - 3 Credits
LIST 4093 Special Topics and Leadership - 3 Credits

Organizational Systems (choose one)
PM 4120 Organization Theory and Behavior - 3 Credits
PADM 4226 Intro. to Nonprofit Organizations - 3 Credits 

Team and Organizational Relations (choose one)
ORCO 3240 Intro. to Organizational Communication - 3 Credits
COMM 3010 Integrated Corporate Communication - 3 Credits

Statistical Methods (choose one)
SOAA 3350 Social Statistics - 3 Credits
SOCI 4510 Introduction to Social Research - 3 Credits
JOUR 4410 Public Relations Research - 3 Credits

Written Communications (choose two)
ENGL 3134 Computers, Writing, and Literature - 3 Credits
ENGL 3250 Professional Communication - 3 Credits
JOUR 3421 Public Relations Writing - 3 Credits

International Context (choose one)
SPAN 3550 Latin America: Countries and Peoples - 3 Credits
POLI 4350 International Law - 3 Credits
PS 3510 International Political Economy - 3 Credits
POLS 3010 Comparative Politics - 3 Credits
JOUR 4712 Mass Media and Cultures - 3 Credits

Organizational Leadership Concentration (choose five)
BMGT 3630 Human Resource Management - 3 Credits
SW 3200 Cultural Diversity: Competency for Practice - 3 Credits
MGMT 4800 Corporate Etiquette - 3 Credits
JOUR 3400 Introduction to Public Relations - 3 Credits
PSY 3590 Psychology of Personality - 3 Credits
PSY 3230 Abnormal Psychology - 3 Credits
BMGT 3600 International Management - 3 Credits
COMM 3560 Intercultural Communication - 3 Credits
LDSP 3000 Leadership Development - 3 Credits
PADM 4401 Comparative Public Administration - 3 Credits
JOUR 3409 Public Relations Case Study - 3 Credits

Capstone Course
UNIV 4995 Culminating Project - 3 Credits
Electives* (3000/4000 level) - 6 Credits

Total Credit Hours - 64

*Students should consult with their MTSU advisors to determine courses that fulfill program requirements.

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