Dr. Vivian Djokotoe
We are pleased you have taken the time to explore our program, and I would personally like to welcome you on behalf of our faculty and staff and to let you know you are welcome here regardless of the area of criminal justice you are interested in. Our program is one of the most comprehensive in the Northwest and we approach criminal justice across the entire spectrum of crime prevention. Contrary to misconceptions about criminal justice as a narrow field that only prepares law enforcement officers, our students gain knowledge that prepares them to function in settings which have nothing to do with offenders, all the way through corrections at the highest levels. Our graduates can be found working in the community to reduce the risk of offending, working as law enforcement officers at local, state, and federal levels, as community preparedness officers, forensics personnel, functioning in juvenile and adult corrections, and working at various levels of the judicial system. Our friendly and knowledgeable faculty is always ready to speak to you about anything you would like to learn about us. We are uniquely poised with faculty who possess broad and diverse educational and professional backgrounds to meet a variety of student goals within this field. Navigating our website should provide you with an idea of what we offer our students.
Click on the links below to see what the
Criminal Justice Sciences Division offers:
for Criminal Justice majors
for Anthropology majors
for non CJ/ANTH major
Please see Frequently Asked Questions tab for more information.
The criminal justice sciences division at WOU utilizes a strong liberal arts tradition to provide students with a mastery of the complete picture of crime as a social problem, providing the skills necessary to ensure the understanding of sound solutions for preventing and addressing crime at all levels of society. We seek to equip our students with a sound scientific background and excellent preparation in content areas in Courts, Corrections, Law Enforcement, Community Crime Prevention, Youth Crime, Forensic Anthropology, Homeland Security, and to provide options for interdisciplinary education.
- Help students gain a complete understanding of the various components of the criminal justice field and their interrelatedness.
- Help students understand the multitude of issues, theories, policies, practices and current challenges related to the ethical administration of justice in a free society.
- Help students master the application of theories in real world social contexts.
On Campus, Online and Hybrid Classes
The WOU Criminal Justice Sciences Division allows you to pursue your degree on-campus or in a hybrid of online and on-campus courses.
The combination of a strong liberal arts curriculum with a rigorous set of core classes and specialized elective coursework in law enforcement, corrections and community crime prevention makes each of these criminal justice degree and certificate programs unique and exciting.
Jennifer Willard: CJS Division
Dr. Vivian Djokotoe: CJS Division Chair
Dr. Misty Weitzel: CJS Graduate Program Coordinator
Criminal Justice Career Panel 2019
A degree in Criminal Justice will prepare students with a broad foundation of social science and it’s application to understanding crime. In addition to several other careers, here are a few examples of what our degree will prepare you for:
- Law School
- Graduate School
- Residential Treatment Specialist
- Victim Advocates
- Court Counselors
- Youth Program Workers
- Community Service Coordinators & Officers
- Law Enforcement, Parole & Probation, Correctional Officers
- Victim/Offender Mediators
Check out the Service Learning and Career Development website for more information on current job openings in the field of Criminal Justice.