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Belmont Students To Complete Criminal Justice Bachelor’s Degree at Wheeling Thanks to Partnerships!

  Thursday, January 16, 2020 2:37 PM
  WU News


January 16, 2020 Wheeling, WV – Wheeling University and Belmont College in St. Clairsville, Ohio, are partnering through a formal articulation agreement to offer Belmont College students the chance to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice at Wheeling University. 

Students who begin their educational career at Belmont College and complete an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice would have a guaranteed transfer to Wheeling University to complete the final two years and to earn a bachelor’s degree.

“This partnership will help our criminal justice graduates achieve a seamless transfer to Wheeling University” said Dr. Paul F. Gasparro, President, Belmont College. “This is an important agreement which focuses on student success. We are always pleased to create new agreements with four-year institutions and to assist our students in moving on toward advanced degrees.”  

Wheeling University’s bachelor’s program in criminal justice is designed to show how the components of the criminal justice system work together and depend on one another.  Students are able to pursue particular interests in criminal justice by choosing from a wide variety of elective courses or by combining criminal justice with a major or minor in other disciplines.  Beyond the classroom, internships may be available in law enforcement, as well as government and social service agencies.

“We welcome the opportunity to bring onto campus the excellent students from Belmont College to continue their education,” said Ginny Favede, President of Wheeling University. “According to a report from the National Center for Education Statistics, as of fall 2012 forty percent of all college undergraduates were enrolled in community colleges. This agreement allows students more opportunities to move along in their educational career while saving money. Partnerships allow us to collaboratively work together to benefit both of our institutions and meet our mission while working together instead of competing against one another. It’s a win-win situation for all.”


Founded in 1954, Wheeling University is the only Catholic institution of higher learning in West Virginia. Its mission is to provide a high-quality Catholic education to the men and women of the Ohio Valley region and beyond. By integrating education, research, and economic development with classical knowledge and Christian revelation, Wheeling University seeks to equip its

graduates with the critical, creative, and empathetic tools they need to pursue rewarding careers and enrich their local communities.

About Belmont College

Founded in 1971, Belmont College is one of 23 community colleges in the University System of Ohio.  The college offers more than 40 associate degree and certificate programs to serve the multiple needs of area citizens. Belmont offers a comprehensive array of credit and non-credit programming at the Main Campus in St. Clairsville, Ohio and provides satellite locations in Cadiz and Woodsfield Ohio.  For more information visit