About the Degree
If you are planning a career in criminal justice or wish to lay the foundation for a law degree, the Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Washington State University (WSU) can help you reach your goals. WSU can give you the knowledge and skills necessary for success in the field of criminal justice.
The university offers a variety of courses designed to give you relevant information on law enforcement, juvenile justice, U.S. courts, public administration, criminal procedure, and crime control.
Tuition is $429.75 per credit hour for Washington state residents and $571.75 per credit hour for out-of-state students. Criminal justice majors must complete 15 hours core requirements, 6 hours of research methods and quantitative analysis, 9 hours of criminal justice electives, 9 hours of specified political science courses and 3 hours in a pool of specified Liberal Arts electives. Additionally, students are required to complete general education requirements. Financial aid and military benefits are available for those who qualify.
WSU graduates may land jobs in state and local law enforcement and corrections organizations or federal law enforcement agencies (including the U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Customs, and the Drug Enforcement Administration). Also, they can work in the private sector in areas such as corporate security, crime analysis, and loss management.
About the School
WSU’s School of Criminal Justice was founded in 1943 and it the 2nd oldest continuous program in the United States. Also, the program is home to the 1st chapter of the national criminal justice honor society, Alpha Phi Sigma.
WSU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Northwestern Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the National University Continuing Education Association.