BS in Criminal Justice

Program Requirements 

A minimum total of 120 credit hours is required for the BS in criminal justice and includes at least 36 credit hours of major courses (but not more than 50 credit hours will count toward the BS degree) that must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 2.500. ENGL 210 and CJ 360 are additional requirements. In addition to meeting the requirements of the WSU General Education Program and the requirements of Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (including the foreign language requirement), students in the BS in criminal justice must take the following courses:

Course Title Hours
Core Courses
CJ 191Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJ 315Criminal Law3
CJ 320Criminal Procedure3
CJ 391Corrections3
CJ 392Law Enforcement3
CJ 394Courts & Judicial Systems3
CJ 407Introduction to Research Methods3
CJ 593Crime Causation and Criminal Justice Policy3
CJ 598Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice3
Select 9 credit hours of electives (there is a maximum of 6 credit hours total allowed in CJ 481 and CJ 483)9
Total Credit Hours36
Course Title Hours
Additional College Requirements
SPAN 212Spanish for Law Enforcement (required for CJ students to fulfill the LAS foreign language requirement)5
Total Credit Hours5

Students may take 14 additional credit hours beyond the 36 credit hours required for the major (for a total of 50 credit hours).

Applied Learning 

Students in the BS in criminal justice program are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from this program. The requirement can be met by successfully completing CJ 407 Introduction to Research Methods.

Students in the traditional course have a hands-on experience serving or benefiting a community agency. Research questions are developed in conjunction with the agent of the agency identified at the beginning of each semester.

Students in the online course learn how to apply the course concepts thus far. Each student identifies four research study ideas directly linked to their everyday lives.