Halifax Community College today signed a bilateral agreement with Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences at East Carolina University to provide criminal justice students with an innovative path to a four-year degree that would begin at community college.
The new partnership offers graduates of the HCC Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice Technology a clear path to a bachelor’s degree at ECU with 60 guaranteed transfer credits from HCC to ECU.
Students graduating from HCC’s Criminal Justice program can complete a bachelor’s degree with two additional years of study. The agreement will come into effect during the fall semester.
To be eligible for participation in this articulation agreement, students must pass the AAS in Criminal Justice Technology, meeting HCC graduation requirements with a minimum 2.0 GPA. A grade of C or better is required for courses to transfer from HCC to ECU.
“Unlike most articulation agreements, what makes this transfer route so unique is that criminal justice students will be able to take courses in their major that will transfer to the four-year program,” said the Dr. Allen Guidry, Acting Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs. to the ECU. “Most agreements limit students to taking general education courses and electives before transferring, essentially forcing students to wait two years before they can start studying the courses they want as a major. “
HCC Vice President of Academic Affairs Jeffery Fields said, “Through this agreement, students can take courses such as corrections, criminology and criminal law during their first two years at HCC, while taking general education courses alongside these basic courses.”
Fields said, “This option offers the best of both worlds and allows students to get their foot in the door of their career immediately.”
Planning discussions have been underway for nearly a year to coordinate the specifics of this partnership.
“As a graduate of ECU, I am excited about the potential for many HCC students to transition to ECU to pursue a degree in criminal justice,” said Gary Redding, Head of the HCC Criminal Justice Department. and English instructor. “We hope this partnership will also inspire these Roanoke Valley students to become criminal justice professionals.”