Transfer to Four-Year Institution

Since this is my only life I want to live forever. The only way I can accomplish that is to make a difference in the lives of others.-Gina Ginsberg Riggs, Executive Director Gifted Child Society, Inc. New Jersey

Illinois Valley Community College has established an Associate of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice. This program of study will allow those students interested in obtaining the Baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice the opportunity to complete the first two years of their program at Illinois Valley. The Associate of Arts degree will transfer to the public four-year Universities listed below:

  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Illinois State University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Southern Illinois University
  • Western Illinois University
  • University of Illinois at Springfield

Illinois Valley Community College developed this transfer program to give the citizens within our district the opportunity to complete the first two years of the four-year program in Criminal Justice. The Associate of Applied Science Degree was specifically developed for those students seeking the two-year degree as the terminal degree for their studies. The option is now available for students to complete the A.A.S. degree and go directly into employment of to complete the A.A. degree and then transfer tot he four-year college of his or her choice to obtain the Baccalaureate degree.

However, it should be mentioned that students who have completed the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in the past have successfully transferred to State Universities in Illinois. In order to facilitate a smooth transfer to one of these schools, however, students should talk to one of the Counselors or the director of the Criminal Justice program in planning their program of study.

The course requirements for the completion of the Associate of Arts degree are listed on previous pages. It is strongly recommended that students interested in obtaining the Associate of Arts degree consult with an Illinois Valley Community College counselor or the program director.