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Criminal Justice Advising

The Criminal Justice Sciences Division offers in-house, major-specific advising. Students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with specially trained faculty/advisors who can help guide students to degree completion. 

How do I find my CJ advisor?

All CJ students are assigned a CJ advisor. To find your advisor, log on to Degree Tracks and check the student information section at the top. While you are assigned an advisor, you are encouraged to make connections with any faculty member with whom you feel comfortable. When your hold is placed, however, only your assigned CJ advisor can remove your hold. 

What is an advising hold?

Advising Holds are a temporary lock on registration which is placed on all undergraduate students during week 5 of every term. This hold prevents students from making any changes to their schedule, including registering for new classes until the hold is removed. Ideally, these holds are placed to encourage students to meet with their advisor and ensure they are on track for graduation.

Freshman Advising Information

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  • Get familiar with Degree Tracks and consult with your CJ faculty Adviser each term
  • Take Introduction to CJ (CJ 213D)
  • Take Research & Writing About Social Justice Issues (CJ 267C) Prereqs: CJ 213D & WR 122
  • Take GenEd (General Education) FYS courses

Sophomore Advising Information

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  • Meet with your CJ Adviser each term
  • Choose a minor if desired (not a university requirement)
  • Continue taking your CJ core classes and General Education requirements

Junior Advising Information

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  • Meet with your adviser & begin to discuss practicum
  • Complete the Practicum application. Practicum Requirement: 2.67gpa OR consult with your adviser to discuss your options
  • You may complete your practicum this year or your senior year. Plan ahead, finding and securing a placement can take time.

Senior Advising Information

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  • Fill out an Application for Graduation as soon as you reach senior status (135 credits) to set your intended graduation date
  • Check your Degree Tracks regularly and consult your adviser to ensure you are not missing anything
  • Completion of your degree requirements is your responsibility

NOW GET READY TO GRADUATE!

This is general advising information specific to students enrolled in a degree program under the Criminal Justice Sciences Division. 

While a useful reference, please be sure to meet with your CJ advisor regularly to discuss your individual status and degree progress.

Get familiar with degree tracks and consult with your CJ faculty advisor each term

  • Degree tracks divides your required courses into blocks
    • The criminal justice block lists all the required and elective courses you must complete for a CJ major
    • The general education block lists all the required courses for the general education part of your degree
    • When/If you declare a minor, a block will appear that lists all the required courses for your minor
  • Icons in front of each requirement indicate your progress
    • Refer to the legend to figure out what each icon means
  • Take time to really explore degree tracks. Degree tracks is the official record of your academic progress, so any issues need to be identified and resolved quickly in order to keep you on track!

Take Introduction to Criminal Justice (CJ213)

  • CJ 213 is a prerequisite to several CJ courses.
  • Work on taking CJ 213 at some point during your freshman year (the sooner the better) so that you can move ahead and take additional CJ classes with no prerequisite barriers.

Take Research and Writing about Social Justice Issues (CJ267)

  • CJ267 is a required CJ core class that we recommend you complete during your freshman year.
  • CJ267 has prerequisites of CJ213 and WR122, which means you must complete these courses prior to registering for CJ267
    • WR122 can pose a tiny hurdle. Please visit First-Year Writing to figure out your personal writing placement. 
    • Do your best to complete CJ213 and WR122 your freshman year so that you can also complete CJ267, but know that the advising schedule is guide and you may complete CJ267 as soon as practicable for you.

Take General Education and FYS courses

  • Your main priority your freshman year is completion of GenEd courses and your FYS courses. Roughly 75% of your courses each term should be general education.
  • Every WOU student has the same General Education requirements.
  • It is designed this way so that you can create a foundation of skills and knowledge prior to focusing on your major.
  • Pay particular attention to General Education categories that contain CJ courses. Pro-tip: You can “double-dip” CJ and General Education courses (meaning a single course can “count” for both your CJ major and General Education).

Choose a Minor, if desired

  • A minor is a secondary area of study that is optional to pursue. A minor can be complementary to the major, or be an area that is of interest to the student. There are no rules at WOU or within the field of criminal justice that require your minor to be related to criminal justice. However you choose to approach the decision of your minor, it is personal and specific. Your CJ advisor can assist you in exploring a minor that is right for you.
  • You can think of your minor in a few different ways:
    • Your minor can be a way to “specialize” or focus your studies on an area of interest related to your major. For example: CJ major, minor in Youth Crime Studies (due to an interest in working with juveniles)
    • Your minor can be a way to develop particular skills that may make you more marketable in the job force. For example: CJ major, minor in Computer Science (due to computer skills being important in whatever position you intend on pursuing)
    • Your minor can be a way to foster an individual passion. For example: CJ major, minor in Art (due to your love of painting)
    • Your minor can be a way to add to your personal growth.For example: CJ major, minor in Language (due to a desire to speak a second language)

Continue Taking Your CJ Core Courses and General Education Courses

  • Your main priority your freshman/sophomore years is completion of GenEd courses. Roughly 75% of your courses each term should be general education until they are completed.
  • Every WOU student has the same General Education requirements.
  • It is designed this way so that you can create a foundation of skills and knowledge prior to focusing on your major.
  • Pay particular attention to General Education categories that contain CJ courses. Pro-tip: You can “double-dip” CJ and General Education courses (meaning a single course can “count” for both your CJ major and General Education).
  • Practicum
    • Students should visit the Practicum page for more details about the practicum process.
    • Planning and securing a practicum should begin 3 terms prior to anticipated start date
    • All forms and approvals must be completed through the practicum coordinator.
    • Practicum-CJ409 (4 credits) and Seminar-CJ407 (4 credits) are separate and distinct courses. Both are required.
  • Apply for graduation once you have 135 credits completed.
    • Temporarily, students may request a course substitution for Practicum-CJ409 in which you take any CJ 300 or 400 level course to take the place of Practicum-CJ409.
    • Complete the course substitution form and return to Jen Willard at willardj@wou.edu
  • Apply for Graduation
    • Fill out an Application for Graduation (Office of the Registrar) as soon as you reach senior status (135 credits) to set your intended graduation date
  • Check your Degree Tracks regularly and consult with your advisor to ensure you are not missing anything

WOU General Advising

The Student Success and Advising Office offers many advising resources for WOU students. There are many tools and guides to help students navigate their academic experience.

WOU General Education 

The General Education Program website contains resources to answer all your questions about general education requirements. 

Student Learning and Career Developmennt

The Service Learning and Career Development Center offers students resources to help transition students into the workforce such as resume help, interviews and career development.

Contact the Criminal Justice Sciences Division

We look forward to hearing from you! Additionally, please explore our website for more information about our degrees and programs. 

email icon  criminaljustice@wou.edu

phone icon  503-838-8733

CJ Information Board Maaske Hall, second floor