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. 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.
Upper-level requirement: For all students, 50 percent of earned degree hours and 50 percent of all courses in the major must be at the 300-400 level.
Residential Credit: 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.
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 the following:
- A cumulative 2.0 GPA or better on all coursework at other colleges or universities
- Completion of an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree from a community college or completion of the “44 General Core” courses that satisfy the General Education/Liberal Studies requirement for a North Carolina community college
- At least one year experience (documentable) in the criminal justice field