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BA/BS: Criminal Justice

BA/BS in Criminal Justice (72 credits)

The BA/BS in Criminal Justice major consists of 48 credits of core coursework, and students will also select a minimum of 24 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 and certificates.

Core Courses

Students who have already met the general education requirements can earn their Bachelor of Arts or 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 electives to apply toward their major. Areas of concentration may also be selected with the help of an advisor. WOU requires all students complete a minor before being awarded a BA/BS degree.

Core Courses (48 credits)

  • CJ 213D: Introduction to Criminal Justice (4)
  • CJ 219D: Ethics and Leadership in Criminal Justice (4)
  • CJ 252: American Court System (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 & CJ 409
    • Students will take four credits of CJ 407W and eight credits of CJ 409 to fulfill the practicum requirement.  These classes are only offered during spring and summer terms.

Criminal Justice majors must also complete a minimum of 24 credits of electives within any Social Science and/or Writing program. Social Sciences include Criminal Justice, Anthropology, Geography, Political Science, History and Sociology.

Areas of Concentration

Areas of concentration may also be selected with the help of an advisor from a number of CJ elective courses. Coursework from any social science and Writing classes will count as electives in the CJ major. Social Science courses offered at WOU include Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Geography, History, Political Science, and Sociology.

Note: WOU requires that students complete a minor in order to graduate with a BA/BS degree. Classes that apply toward a student’s 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 an unpaid practicum experience (CJ 407 & CJ 409). The practicum requires 400 hours of professional experience in an agency related to the criminal justice field. This practicum is completed during spring and/or summer terms, toward the end of a student’s program of study. For more information regarding the practicum, please see Practicum Requirements. Students must submit a Practicum Placement Application at least three terms prior to taking the practicum.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the requirements necessary to complete the chosen major and minor, students seeking a BA/BS degree from WOU must complete the following requirements:

  • Liberal Arts Core Curriculum (LACC) (minimum 54 credits) – Please note not all LACCs are online
  • BA or BS degree requirements:
    • Bachelor of Arts:
      • Two years of foreign language
      • Math 105 or above (4 credits)
      • Computer Science 101 or above (2 credits)
    • Bachelor of Science:
      • Combined total of 12 credits in Math, Computer Science and/or “Q” courses (CJ 427Q counts toward this requirement)
      • Must take one Math class (111 or higher)
      • Must take one Computer Science class (higher than 101)
    • 6 credits of “D” (diversity) coursework (included in the CJ program)
    • 6 credits of “W” (writing intensive) coursework (included in the CJ program)
    • 180 total credit hours, including 62 upper-division credit hours
    • Minimum of 2.67 GPA in all WOU coursework
    • Minimum of 45 of the last 60 credits must be completed through WOU

WOU does not offer all of the LACC courses required to earn a BA/BS degree in an online format. Students have the following options to complete their LACC requirements:

  • Complete the courses at WOU. Some LACCs are offered online, but the majority are only taught in a traditional face-to-face format.
  • Earn a Transfer Degree from another institution. Students transferring to WOU with one of the transfer programs listed below will be considered as having met WOU’s LACC requirements. Students can complete their transfer program prior to beginning coursework at WOU, or they can attend both schools simultaneously.
      • California: Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
      • Hawaii: Articulated Associates of Arts from University of Hawaii
      • Washington: Direct Transfer Degree
  • Take courses at another institution that will transfer over as LACC courses. Students should use the LACC Advising Guide and the Transfer Articulation to make sure they are taking the necessary courses.

Admissions Requirements

There are two parts to the application process. Students must first be admitted to Western Oregon University before beginning the CJ program. They must also apply to the Criminal Justice program in order to be eligible to complete the required practicum.

Students applying to the Criminal Justice program must satisfy the following:

  • Hold an A.A. or A.S. degree from an accredited institution – OR-
  • Have completed 45 quarter credit hours
  • Have completed WR 135 College Writing (or equivalent) and received a “B” or above
  • Have completed CJ 213D
  • Have a 2.67 GPA on previous coursework

If you do not meet all of these requirements, you may petition for a waiver. The petition must be made in writing and explain why you believe you should not be held to the above standards.

To be admitted to Western Oregon University:

Western Oregon University
Criminal Justice Program – Maaske 209
345 N. Monmouth Avenue
Monmouth, OR 97361

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Transferring Credits

If you need more information regarding how your previous coursework may transfer to WOU, we’d be happy to do a transcript evaluation for you. Send an unofficial copy of your transcripts to, fax to 503-838-8473, or mail to Extended Programs at our address below. Please indicate that you are requesting a transcript evaluation for the Criminal Justice program when you provide your transcripts.

Course Descriptions

100-200 Level

CJ 212D History/Development of American Law Enforcement (4 credits) Course surveys the historical development of American law enforcement, focusing on the social, political and organizational dynamics that helped to shape this critical institution. The course covers the four major models of American policing: colonial, political, reform, professional and service models. Course provides a historical foundation for other courses in the law enforcement major.

CJ 213D Introduction to Criminal Justice (4 credits) A multidisciplinary approach to administration, procedures, and policies of agencies of government charged with the enforcement of law, the adjudication of criminal behavior and the correction/punishment of criminal and deviant behavior. Includes an overview of criminal justice models and explanations of adult and juvenile crime and responses of the adult and juvenile justice systems within respective social, political and economic contexts.

CJ 219D Ethics and Leadership in Criminal Justice (4 credits) Major ethical theories relevant to criminal justice and social service institutions are examined. Emphasis is placed on ethical practices and dilemmas that affect practitioners as they endeavor to provide public services.

CJ 220 Introduction to Homeland Security (4 credits) First in a series of three (CJ 220, CJ 320, and CJ 420). Introduces students to the strategies and skills necessary to help local government and their communities become more effective in creating safe, vigilant, prepared and resilient communities for homeland security (i.e. natural and manmade disasters, crime and social deviance, acts of terrorism, and community enhancement). The course bridges the core strategies and philosophies of community policing and homeland security.

CJ 241 Introduction to Community Crime Prevention (4 credits) Opportunity to explore the history, philosophy, theory and application of community crime prevention programs. Students will examine research and programs in law enforcement, the courts, corrections, higher education and community-based organizations.

CJ 244W Comparative Criminal Justice (4 credits) Criminal justice systems from around the world are compared and contrasted.

CJ 252 American Courts (4 credits) In depth examination and analysis of the American court system. Students will be exposed to the new emerging “problem solving courts” and the school of legal thought referred to as Therapeutic Jurisprudence. Course is multidisciplinary and appropriate for all students who wish to have a better understanding of the American court system and emerging trends in the administration of justice.

300 Level

CJ 310 Legal Research and Writing (4 credits) An intensive writing course that focuses on legal research and writing. Students will learn to conduct legal research, write legal briefs, reports and memoranda utilizing the rules of citation, grammar and style.

CJ 320 Developing Homeland Security Practices (4 credits) Second in a series of three courses (CJ 220, CJ 320, and CJ 420). Course teaches students the skills needed to develop collaborative community action plans for homeland security (i.e. natural and manmade disasters, crime and social deviance, acts of terrorism, and community enhancement). Prerequisite: CJ 220

CJ 322 Forensic Anthropology (4 credits)

Introduces students to forensic anthropology, an applied subdiscipline of bioanthropology. Students will examine the role of the forensic anthropologist and the history of the discipline. Students will also become familiar with the goals, techniques, and broader applications of forensic anthropology.

CJ 327W Research Methods in Criminal Justice (4 credits) Opportunity to learn, understand and apply social research methods to issues germane to the discipline of criminal justice. Emphasis on the relationships of theory to research, measurement, research design, hypothesis testing, sampling and implications of research for social polity. Prerequisite: CJ 213.

CJ 331D Police and Community: Policy Perspective (4 credits) Broad review of contemporary American crime control policies and their relationship to community needs and citizen expectations. Emphasis on the influences that politics (i.e. minority groups, advocacy groups, etc.), culture, economics and bureaucracy have on policy development. Prerequisite: CJ 213 or consent of instructor

CJ 351 Police Organization and Administration (4 credits) Organizational and management principles; the administrative process in law enforcement agencies; the relationship of theoretical administrative concepts to the practical police environment. Prerequisite: CJ 213 or consent of instructor

CJ 352 Criminal Law (4 credits) Examines the sources and application of substantive criminal law. Students will learn to locate, interpret and apply municipal ordinances, state statutes, common federal law, and how to find and research statutes. This course is appropriate for anyone interested in law or who may be planning a law-related career.

400 Level

CJ 420 Implementing Homeland Security Strategies (4 credits) Third in a series of three courses (CJ 220, CJ 320, and CJ 420). Course teaches students how to successfully implement collaborative strategies and community action plans related to homeland security (i.e. planning for or responding to all hazardous events) from an executive or leadership perspective. Prerequisite: CJ 320

CJ 422 Community Collaboration and Development (4 credits) Course offers opportunity to learn the logistics, mechanics, and theoretical foundations behind community collaboration development – a systems approach that links community members and organizations with various institutions designated with the responsibility to assist communities. Course is multidisciplinary appropriate for anthropology, criminal justice, education, geography, history, and sociology students who will work or live in communities. Co-requisite: must be taken in conjunction with CJ 425

CJ 423W/523 Management of Law Enforcement Organizations (4 credits) Managerial concepts, administrative principles and supervisory practices for the middle command officer. Law enforcement leadership, policy formulation and application of sound management practices. Prerequisite: CJ 213 or consent of instructor

CJ 424/524 Law Enforcement Planning (4 credits) Planning techniques, development of criminal justice planning, identification of problem areas, causative factors, solutions and alternative strategies, using resources to effect change. Prerequisite: CJ 213 or consent of instructor

CJ 427 Crime Analysis (4 credits) Course covers the quantitative and qualitative study of crime and crime trends in relation to factors of sociological, demographic and spatial nature. Students gain valuable experience in utilizing public data and attitudinal surveys for the purpose of analyzing, interpreting, and presenting crime reports in a professional manner.

CJ 435C/535 Gender, Crime, and Justice (4 credits) Course examines the differences in the commission of offenses and victimization by gender and addresses gender specific difference in criminality, societal reactions and criminal justice responses by gender. Course also addresses the relationships of gender, race, social class, crime and social control.

CJ 436/536 Minorities, Crime, Social Policy, and Social Control (4 credits)

The involvement of minorities, especially African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans, in crime and the criminal justice system. Special attention is devoted to the role of racism in theories of crime and in American law and to the treatment of minorities by various factions of the criminal justice system.

CJ 440C/540 Community Crime Prevention Studies (4 credits) Multidisciplinary approach to theoretical foundations of issues related to crimes committed in the community and theoretical orientations of various community crime prevention strategies and the implications associated with social policies. Prerequisite: CJ 213 or consent of instructor

CJ 450D/550 Criminology (4 credits) A description and analysis of types of crimes, types of criminals and the major theories of crime causation. An examination of past and present incidence rates of crimes; the socioeconomic, cultural and psychological variables related to criminal behavior; and a review of possible solutions to the crime problem. Prerequisite: CJ 213 or consent of instructor

CJ 451D/551 Youth, Crime, and Society (4 credits) Offers a review of the nature, distribution and explanations of youth crime, with particular attention given to the historical context of youth crime and the topic of youth gangs. Gender, race, political and official responses to youth crime will be emphasized. Prerequisite: CJ 213 or consent of instructor

CJ 452/552 Criminal Procedure (4 credits)

The concepts of due process and application of the Bill of Rights in criminal law are examined in the light of U.S. Supreme Court decisions. State and federal procedural law is reviewed as well as relevant new legislation. Prerequisites: CJ 213 and CJ 252 or consent of instructor

CJ 453/553 Corrections (4 credits) Considers the evolution of punishment, corrections theories, survey of prison development and administration; education, labor and rehabilitation processes; social groups in the prison community. Prerequisite: CJ 213 or consent of instructor

CJ 454D/554 Parole and Probation (4 credits) History of parole and probation; review of contemporary parole and probation theories, practices, processes and research; the future of parole and probation. Prerequisite: CJ 213 or consent of instructor

CJ 455D/555 Correctional Casework and Counseling (4 credits) History, development and contemporary practices, theories, and techniques of juvenile and adult correctional casework, counseling and treatment. Prerequisite: CJ 213 or consent of instructor

CJ 456/556 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice (4 credits) A study of contemporary issues in criminal justice. Prerequisite: consent of instructor

CJ 463/563 Topics on Juvenile Issues (4 credits) This course focuses on contemporary juvenile issues (such as child abuse) and other current issues and trends that involve the juvenile, family, school, social agencies and the court. Prerequisite: upper-division standing

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