Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice

  • Overview

    The Criminal Justice program at William Peace University will provide you with the skills to analyze and understand crime and criminal behavior as well as law and law enforcement.

    Perhaps you see yourself as an agent in the FBI, serving your community on the local Police force, or speaking for a defendant in court. As a Criminal Justice (CJ) major at WPU, you will benefit from an interdisciplinary approach to the elements of crime and the criminal justice system. With our focus on experiential learning, you will have ample opportunity to apply classroom learning in a real-world setting.

    In fact, WPU’s CJ program offers a distinct advantage in that regard – strong ties to the criminal justice community. Our downtown Raleigh campus is just blocks away from various law enforcement agencies, the State General Assembly, the court system and law offices. With over 150 years of experience in the downtown Raleigh area, William Peace University and its advisors have professional relationships that few can match. Our graduates have gone on to secure career positions in business, government, social service agencies and health care.

    Study Criminal Justice at William Peace University
  • Courses

    The courses listed below are for the Academic Catalog and are subject to change. Please reference the Academic Catalog for further information and course descriptions. If you are a current student, please reference the catalog in which you come under.

    Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

    Liberal Education Curriculum49-50 credit hours
    Criminal Justice Core Courses21 credit hours
    Criminal Justice Elective Courses18 credit hours
    General Electives31-32 credit hours
    Total credit hours for the B.A. in Criminal Justice120 credit hours

     

    Criminal Justice Core Courses
    21 credit hours
    CRJ 201: Introduction to Criminal Justice3
    CRJ 205: Criminal Investigations I3
    PSC 220: Introduction to Public Administration3
    PSY 240: Abnormal Psychology3
    PSC 270: Law and the Legal System3
    PSY 343: Psychology and the Law3
    CRJ 480: Capstone in Criminal Justice3
    Criminal Justice Elective Courses (choose 6)
     18 credit hours
    ANT 330: Forensic Anthropology3
    ANT 368: American Ethnic Relations3
    CRJ 305: Criminal Investigations II3
    CRJ 395: Special Topics in Criminal Justice3
    HIS 348: History of the South Since 18653
    PDS 491: Academic Internship II3
    PSC 360: Public Policy Research Methods3
    PSC 370: Constitutional Law3
    PSY 230: Personality Psychology3
    PSY 330: Social Psychology3
    PSY 341: Child, Family, and Youth Services3
    PSY 360: Family Psychology3
    PSY 361: Violence in the Family3

     

    General Electives
    31-32 credit hours
    Must complete 31-32 elective credit hours31-32

     

    Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

    Students who transfer to William Peace University with an Associate of Applied
    Science follow the track below.

    Associate of Applied Science67 credit hours
    Liberal Education Program32 credit hours
    CRJ Major Requirements12 credit hours
    General Electives9 credit hours
    Total credit hours for the B.S. in Criminal Justice120 credit hours

     

    Liberal Education Requirements
    32 credit hours
    Four (4) CTC Liberal Education Requirement courses,
    including 1 NW
    3
    Any 200-level ENG course3
    Any 300-level ENG course3
    ENG 400L: Senior Writing Lab3
    MAT 201: Introduction to Statistics3
    PDS 300:Workplace Connections3
    PDS 490: Academic Internship I3
    PHL 400: Senior Interdisciplinary Ethics Seminar3
    REL 111, 114, 124, 221, 231, or 2413

     

    CRJ MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
    12 CREDIT HOURS
    Three (3) 300+ level Criminal Justice electives
    CRJ 480: Capstone in Criminal Justice

     

    GENERAL ELECTIVES
    9 CREDIT HOURS
    Minor
    Minor in Criminal Justice
    21 Credit Hours
    CRJ 201: Introduction to Criminal Justice3
    PSY 240: Abnormal Psychology3
    PSC 270: Law and the Legal System3
    PSY 343: Psychology and the Law3
    Criminal Justice and Behavior (choose one course)
    PSY 341: Child, Family, and Youth Services3
    PSY 361: Violence and the Family3
    Criminal Justice in the Courtroom (choose one course)
    PSY 230: Personality Psychology3
    PSY 311: Cognitive Psychology3
    PSY 330: Social Psychology3
    PSC 370: Constitutional Law3
    Culture and Ethics (choose one course)
    PHL 201: Introduction to Philosophy3
    ANT 368: American Ethnic Relations3
  • Faculty
    Beth Kusko, WPU Professor.
    Associate Professor of Political Science and Program Director for Criminal Justice, Political Science, and Pre-Law
    Xandra Daniels, WPU Professor
    Assistant Professor of Anthropology
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WPU alum Hunter Allen.
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