BS in Criminal Justice (72 credits)

The BS in Criminal Justice major consists of 48 credits of core coursework, and students will also select a minimum of 24 upper division credits of electives to apply toward their major.

Please Note: Although the program is primarily on campus, all core classes in the major are also offered online, along with three online options for a minor or certificate.

Core Courses

Students who have already met the general education requirements can earn their Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in two years by taking about 12 credits per term. All CJ majors are required to take 48 credits of core classes. The courses are listed below.

Students will also select at least 24 credits of upper division electives to apply toward their major. Areas of concentration may also be selected with the help of an advisor. WOU does not require students to complete a minor before being awarded a BS degree in Criminal Justice. However Criminal Justice majors will generally have enough room within their required 180 credits to complete a minor.

Criminal Justice Sciences Division – Minors

  • Homeland Security and Community Preparedness (28 credits)
  • Forensic Anthropology (24 credits)
  • Youth Crime Studies (24 credits)

Core Courses (48 credits)

  • CJ 213D: Introduction to Criminal Justice (4)
  • CJ 214: The Juvenile Justice System (4)
  • CJ 219D: Ethics and Leadership in Criminal Justice (4)
  • CJ 252: American Court System (4)
  • CJ 267: Research and Writing about Social Justice Issues (4)
  • CJ 327W: Research Methods (4)
  • CJ 331D: Police and Community (4)
  • CJ 352: Criminal Law (4)
  • CJ 427Q: Quantitative Methods (4)
  • CJ 450D: Criminology (4)
  • CJ 453: Corrections (4)
  • CJ 407W: Senior Capstone Seminar (4)
  • CJ 409: Practicum (4)
    • To qualify for practicum student must have at least a 2.67 GPA.

Criminal Justice majors must also complete a minimum of 24 upper division elective credits in Criminal Justice or within Anthropology, Geography, Political Science, History, Sociology and Psychology.

Areas of Concentration

In choosing electives within Criminal Justice students, in consultation with their Academic Advisor, can create an area of concentration using coursework in Criminal Justice.

Note: WOU does not require that students complete a minor in order to graduate with a BS degree in Criminal Justice. If a student chooses to take a minor, classes that apply toward the minor program cannot also be counted as electives in the CJ major.

Student Practicum

As part of the Criminal Justice major, students will participate in a practicum experience (CJ 409). The practicum requires 132 hours of professional experience in an agency related to the criminal justice field. This practicum is completed toward the end of a student’s program of study. For more information regarding the practicum, please see the Practicum Essentials. Students must submit a Practicum Application to the main Criminal Justice Office in Maaske Hall room 209.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the requirements necessary to complete the chosen major and minor, students seeking a BS degree from WOU must complete the General Education requirements for all students.

    Admissions Requirements

    To be admitted to Western Oregon University:

    Transferring Credits

    If you need more information regarding how your previous coursework may transfer to WOU, we would be happy to do a transcript evaluation for you. Send an unofficial copy of your transcripts to, fax to 503-838-9707, or mail to Criminal Justice Sciences Division at our address below. Please indicate that you are requesting a transcript evaluation for the Criminal Justice program when you provide your transcripts.

    Western Oregon University                                                                                                                                   

    Criminal Justice Sciences/Advising

    345 Monmouth Ave N 

    Monmouth OR 97361 

    Course Descriptions

    See the Online Catalog for course descriptions.




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