Criminal Justice

What can I do with a degree in Criminal Justice?

The Criminal Justice field includes three large areas of employment: law enforcement; the courts; and corrections. Graduates from the Criminal Justice (CJ) Program can work for local, state, or federal governments as patrol officers, deputies, correctional officers, security specialists, court officers, border patrol officers, and more. Jobs are available through the private sector in security and protective services.

Some jobs in this field require a bachelor's degree; others involve a combination of education and on-the-job training. Additionally, some criminal justice professions require background checks as a condition of employment.

What are the options in the Criminal Justice program?

The degree contains Core Requirement courses, a choice of two different Specialty Requirements for more focused study, and Related Instruction/General Education courses. Students must complete all Core Requirements, one Specialty Requirement, and all Related Instruction/General Education courses for a total of at least 90 degree credits.

There are two options in the CJ degree for more focused study:

  • General - concentrates on knowledge important in the field of CJ.
  • Computer Forensics - introduces students to a specialized field of law enforcement.

The certificate is designed for students who either have a previous degree or who wish to start more quickly in an entry-level job. Click here for Gainful Employment details.

What do I do to apply to the program?

The CJ Program has no special admissions, so you can enter any quarter. Click the 'apply now' link at the right to get started on your application for admission to the college.

Career & Salary Outlook

Wages vary by specific profession. For example, a private security guard may start at $9.56 per hour, a correctional officer at $23.86 per hour, or a police officer at $31.09 per hour.

Sources: CareerOneStop 2012; Washington Occupation Information System, 2013; WA State Employment Security Department, September 2013.

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