B.S. Criminal Justice - Residential

Students in the Criminal Justice Program complete a course of study that includes the examination of crime, criminals, courts, policing, corrections, and victims. The program is concerned with both theory and practice.

The Criminal Justice, B.S. requires 42 Liberal Studies hours, 48 major hours, and 30 elective hours. The curriculum also offers an internship (CJ/EMGT 483), a unique way to gain work experience while earning a maximum of 12 hours of academic credit.

Criminal Justice Major Requirements

Minor in Criminal Justice

Students pursuing a degree in another discipline may choose to include a minor in Criminal Justice. The minor requires 21 hours, including CJ 250 and CJ 355 plus 15 hours of CJ electives approved by the department head.

Admission to the Criminal Justice Program

Admission requirements for undergraduate students can be found at WCU Admissions.

Transfer students must meet the application requirements of the University (above) and:

  • Have an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree or an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree from an accredited community college;
  • Have an Associate’s of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree from an accredited community college; or
  • Have substantial progress toward the “44 General Core” courses that satisfy the General Education/Liberal Studies requirement for a North Carolina community college.

Special Opportunities for Criminal Justice Students

Getting involved in extracurricular activities can help boost understanding of your chosen field and give you the chance to collaborate, socialize, and network with your peers. Browse the links below for the opportunities awaiting you.

Student Association of Criminal Justice Affairs (SACJA)

SACJA is a student-run club open to all students who are majoring or minoring in criminal justice at WCU. Dedicated to promoting criminal justice, both as an academic discipline and as a career choice, SACJA is active in community volunteerism, criminal justice-related student activities, and promoting a higher standard of education.

To learn more, call 828-227-2172.

Alpha Phi Sigma - National Criminal Justice Honor Society

Alpha Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma promotes critical thinking, academic excellence, service, leadership, and unity in the field of criminal justice. Contact Lisa Briggs at lbriggs@email.wcu.edu.

Criminal Justice Internship

The criminal justice curriculum offers an internship (CJ/EMGT 483) as a way to gain work experience while earning a maximum of 12 hours of academic credit. For more information, contact Internship Coordinator Carlie Merritt

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