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.
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 Curriculum 49 credit hours Criminal Justice Core Courses 18 credit hours Criminal Justice Elective Courses 18 credit hours General Electives 35 credit hours Total credit hours for the B.A. in Criminal Justice 120 credit hours
Criminal Justice Core Courses
18 credit hours
CRJ 201: Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 PSC 220: Introduction to Public Administration 3 PSY 240: Abnormal Psychology 3 PSC 270: Law and the Legal System 3 PSY 343: Psychology and the Law 3 CRJ 480: Capstone in Criminal Justice 3
Criminal Justice Elective Courses (choose 6)
18 credit hours
PSY 230: Personality Psychology 3 ANT 330: Forensic Anthropology 3 PSY 330: Social Psychology 3 PSY 341: Child, Family, and Youth Services 3 PSC 360: Public Policy Research Methods 3 PSY 360: Family Psychology 3 ANT 368: American Ethnic Relations 3 PSC 370: Constitutional Law 3 PSY 361: Violence in the Family 3 HIS 348: History of the South Since 1865 3 CRJ 491: Criminal Justice Internship II 3
35 credit hours
Must complete 35 elective credit hours 35
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 Science 67 credit hours Liberal Education Program 53 credit hours Total credit hours for the B.S. in Criminal Justice 120 credit hours
Liberal Education Program
53 credit hours
ENG 211, 212, 214, 216, 220, 221, or 225 3 ENG 312, 313, 324, or 316 3 PHL 400: Senior Interdisciplinary Ethics Seminar 3 ENG 400L: Senior Writing Lab 3 MAT 201: Statistics 3 PDS 300:Worklace Connections 3 REL 111, 114, 124, 221, 231, or 241 3 CTC Liberal Education Requirement Course (NW) 3 CTC Liberal Education Requirement Course 3 CTC Liberal Education Requirement Course 3 CTC Liberal Education Requirement Course 3 CRJ 480: Capstone in Criminal Justice 3 CRJ 490: Internship in Criminal Justice 3 300+ Level CRJ Elective* 3 300+ Level CRJ Elective 3 General Elective Course 3 General Elective Course 3 General Elective Course 3
*PSY 341: Child, Family and Youth Services; PSY 343: Psychology and the Law; PSY 361: Violence in the Family; ANT 330: Forensic Anthropology; ANT 368: American Ethnic Relations; HIS 348: History of the South; ENG 376: Law and Literature
Minor in Criminal Justice
21 Credit Hours
CRJ 201: Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 PSY 240: Abnormal Psychology 3 PSC 270: Law and the Legal System 3 PSY 343: Psychology and the Law 3 Criminal Justice and Behavior (choose one course) PSY 341: Child, Family, and Youth Service 3 PSY 361: Violence and the Family 3 Criminal Justice in the Courtroom (choose one course) PSY 230: Personality Psychology 3 PSY 311: Cognitive Psychology 3 PSY 330: Social Psychology 3 PSC 370: Constitutional Law 3 Culture and Ethics (choose one course) PHL 201: Introduction to Philosophy 3 ANT 368: American Ethnic Relations 3
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