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ARCHIVED 2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
ARCHIVED 2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice, B.S.

Total number of hours for the program: 120.

Admission Requirements: General admission requirements for undergraduate students can be found on the WCU Admission Requirements page. Residential students are not allowed to take distance education courses or select  the distance education concentration in Administration of Justice as part of their program. In any case, 50% of earned degree hours  and 50% of all courses in the major  must be at the 300/400 level. Freshman are welcome to declare a major in criminal justice and an earned AA or AS degree from North Carolina Community College System provides for seamless transfers.

Distance Education: Declaration of a major in distance education Criminal Justice does not guarantee admission into the program. Admission includes a two-stage process, with admission into the university as the first stage and admission into the Criminal Justice program (Administration of Justice concentration) as a separate stage. In addition to the admission requirements listed above, distance education requirements include a cumulative 2.0 GPA or better on all coursework at other colleges or universities and completion of an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree from the community college or completion  of the “44 General Core” courses that satisfy the General Education/Liberal Studies requirement for a North Carolina community college. Students must also be able to document at least one year experience in the criminal justice field.

Liberal Studies Hours: 42

Liberal Studies Program Requirements 

Major Requirements (49 hours)

Additional requirement for residential students (18 hours) include 6 hours in each of the following areas:

Area 2: Diversity & Ethics in Criminal Justice (6 hours)

Major Electives* (15 hours)

15 hours required with diverse choices available*, including:

Administration of Justice Concentration for Distance Learning Students Only (49 hours)

Only persons with a minimum of one year of experience working in the criminal justice field are admitted to this program.

Additional Major Electives (15 hours)

Take 15 hours of major elective courses and/or additional hours in the Concentration Core or the Concentration Electives.

General Electives (29 hours)