Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice
Our mission is to provide students with a high-quality liberal arts education in the interdisciplinary field of criminal justice. Maintain a network of local, state, federal, and academic institutions through outreach and research. Criminal Justice majors are prepared to engage in civic endeavors and to assume field positions in criminal justice and social service agencies or enter graduate programs.
What is Criminal Justice?
Criminal Justice is the study the multitude of issues, theories, policies, practices and current challenges related to the ethical administration of justice in a free society.
What is a Bachelor of Applied Science degree?
B.A.S degrees serve the needs of individuals with a terminal or non-transfer associate’s degree who wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree to advance in their careers, change careers or who may seek to pursue graduate education. The B.A.S. degree is not open to traditional students currently enrolled at WOU (e.g., students who started college at WOU or came to WOU with a transfer degree such as the AAOT). B.A.S. students must meet the following criteria: have completed an A.A.S. degree (or other terminal/non-transfer associate degree) or have completed a minimum of 60 quarter credits toward an A.A.S. degree (or other terminal/non-transfer associate degree).
What can I do with a bachelor’s of applied science degree in criminal justice?
Criminal Justice majors are prepared to engage in civic endeavors and to assume field positions in criminal justice and social service agencies or enter graduate programs.
Graduates of the program will be well prepared for traditional and emerging positions related to prevention, investigation, and enforcement of crime generally, and cyber-related crimes more specifically.
Criminal Justice Degree Plan
CRIMINAL JUSTICE CORE COURSES
- CJ 213 Introduction to Criminal Justice Credits: 4
- CJ 214 The Juvenile Justice System Credits: 4
- CJ 219 Ethics and Leadership in Criminal Justice Credits: 4
- CJ 252 American Courts Credits: 4
- CJ 267 Social Research Writing Credits: 4
- CJ 321 Principles of Forensic Investigations Credits: 4
- CJ 327 Research Methods in Criminal Justice Credits: 4
- CJ 331 Police and Community: Policy Perspective Credits: 4
- CJ 352 Criminal Law Credits: 4
- CJ 425 Program Evaluation and Participation Credits: 4
- CJ 427 Quantitative Methods in Criminal Justice Credits: 4
- CJ 444 Restorative Justice Credits: 4
- CJ 445 Race and Social Justice Credits: 4
- CJ 446 Race and American Law Enforcement Credits: 4
- CJ 450 Criminology Credits: 4
- CJ 453 Corrections Credits: 4
- CJ 407 Senior Capstone Seminar Credits: 4
- CJ 409 Practicum Credits: 4
TOTAL: 76 credits
Note: Criminal Justice majors normally complete a practicum as part of their degree. Students must have an overall GPA of 2.67 in order to participate in a practicum. Students who do not have a GPA of 2.67 by their senior year, must either petition to partake in a practicum, or, in consultation with their faculty adviser, select classes that will be substituted for their practicum credits.
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