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.

Accreditation

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

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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 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
  • 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 361 - Criminology
    • Soc 362 - Juvenile Delinquency
    • Soc 384 - Sociology of Gender
  • Research Methods and Quantitative Analysis:
    (7 semester credits)
    • Psych 311 - Elementary Statistics in Psychology
    • Soc 320 - Introduction to Social Research
  • 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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