Criminal Justice

Washington State University's Online criminal justice program combines problem-driven research and real-world expertise to prepare students to be leaders in state, federal and private law enforcement.

Our faculty members routinely lend their expertise to a broad range of agencies. Many of our graduates hold top positions in law enforcement organizations. Others use the degree to prepare for law school or work in the corporate security field.

WSU’s criminal justice program was founded in 1943 and is the second oldest continuous criminal justice program in the nation.

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Accreditation

Washington State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. For more information, see accreditation.wsu.edu/NWCCU-statement.html.

Why WSU Global Campus?

WSU Global Campus fulfills WSU’s 1890 land-grant mission of expanding access to education. We use new technologies, but uphold old-school values, with courses taught by expert WSU faculty, academic advisors intent on your success, and a diploma backed by a long-established reputation for excellence.

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Program of Study
All courses are available online

All undergraduates must complete the University Common Requirements (UCORE) (These can generally be satisfied with a direct transfer degree. For a list of direct-transfer agreements, visit WSU's Transfer Information Web page.)

Students must also fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences graduation requirements and the program requirements of the degree.

  • Required Courses:
    (15 semester credits)
    • CRM_J 101 - Introduction to the Administration of Criminal Justice
    • CRM_J 201 - Introduction to Criminological Theory
    • CRM_J 330 - Crime Control Policies
    • CRM_J 320 – Criminal Law
      OR
      CRM_J 420 - Criminal Procedure
    • CRM_J 450 - Senior Seminar: Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Institutions:
    (6 semester credits; choose 2 courses)
    • CRM_J 365 - Juvenile Justice & Corrections
    • CRM_J 370 - Introduction to Policing in America
    • CRM_J 380 - Criminal Courts in America
    • CRM_J 385 - Institutional Corrections
  • Criminal Justice Electives:
    (9 semester credits; choose 3 courses)
    • CRM_J 205 – Realizing Justice in a Multicultural Society
    • CRM_J 320 - Criminal Law
    • CRM_J 365 - Juvenile Justice & Corrections
    • CRM_J 370 - Introduction to Policing in America
    • CRM_J 380 - Criminal Courts in America
    • CRM_J 385 - Institutional Corrections
    • CRM_J 400 - Issues in the Administration of Criminal Justice
    • CRM_J 403 - Violence Toward Women
    • CRM_J 405 - Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
    • CRM_J 420 – Criminal Procedure
    • CRM_J 490 – Criminal Justice Internship
  • Political Science Electives:
    (9 semester credits; choose 3 courses)
    • Three 300/400 level POL_S electives
  • College of Arts and Sciences Elective:
    (3 semester credits; choose 1 course)
    • PSYCH 324 - Psychology of Women
    • PSYCH 350 - Social Psychology
    • SOC 300 – Intersections of Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality
    • SOC 350 – Social Psychology
    • SOC 362 - Juvenile Delinquency
    • SOC 384 - Sociology of Gender
  • Research Methods and Quantitative Analysis:
    (6 semester credits)
    • CRM_J 311 – Research Methods for Criminal Justice
    • CRM_J 321 – Quantitative Methods for Criminal Justice
  • College of Arts and Sciences Graduation Requirements:

    All students, including community college transfer students with an approved transferable AA degree from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Arizona or Hawaii, or students pursuing a second major in the College of Arts and Sciences, will be held to the following additional requirements:

    • Foreign Language: Complete 2 years of high school or 1 year of college in a single foreign language
    • Additional 3 semester credits of [SSCI,] [HUM], or [ARTS] for a total of 12 semester credits of UCORE.
    • Additional 1 lab credit of [BSCI], [PSCI] for a total of 8 semester credits and 2 labs.

Please review the online WSU Catalog for additional information about specific degree requirements.



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