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Criminal Justice Degree Programs

Criminal justice online degree programs

Criminal Justice Programs

Western Oregon University offers a number of criminal justice programs, both on-campus and online. Each program allows students to take courses in their preferred format - online, on-campus or a combination of both.

The WOU Criminal Justice program combines strong liberal arts curriculum with a rigorous set of core classes and specialized elective coursework in law enforcement, corrections and community crime prevention.

We offer six unique programs in Criminal Justice. Use the links above to learn more about each of these exciting (and mostly online) programs.

Career Opportunities

Degree requirements in the Criminal Justice industry vary by position, rank, location, and many other factors. Many positions require applicants to hold a BA/BS degree to be considered. Other positions that do not require a degree often have a financial incentive for degree-holders and/or an opportunity to advance more quickly.

Click here to see some examples of exciting career opportunities.

In addition, there are numerous career opportunities in the field of criminal justice. Graduates of our programs may seek employment at the municipal, county, state or federal level in a variety of fields. Many graduates go on to work for private agencies. Some of the more exciting career options in criminal justice include:

* Law Enforcement Officers * Victim Advocates 
* Special Agents    * Investigators
* Parole & Probation Officers  * Correctional Officers
* Court Counselors  * Youth Program Cottage Managers
* Community Service Coordinators * Community Service Officers
* Victim/Offender Mediators * Private Security Agents

Notice to out-of-state students:

Western Oregon University is unable to accept new distance students residing in the states of Arkansas, Maryland, or Minnesota at this time. Distance students in some states may face other restrictions regarding program admission and activity. Visit our State Authorization page to learn more.

Additional Questions?

Carla Menear, Criminal Justice Program Support
(503) 838-8733

Dr. Steve Gibbons, CJ Department Head


Graduate Programs




Criminal Justice Program 503-838-8733 | or e-mail: criminaljustice@wou.edu

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