Whether you are interested in starting a career in criminal justice or getting the education you need for your next promotion, Wayne State’s online criminal justice degree program lets you fit your college degree into your busy schedule. Advance your career in the exciting fields of law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, court services, asset protection, corporate and private security, and juvenile justice. Our major covers the basis for understanding the economic, political, legal, and social environments in which the criminal justice process operates, which means you have the flexibility to apply your degree to a variety of careers.
Do you have credits from another institution? You may transfer up to 66 credit hours toward a degree from WSC. Learn More
Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey
Degrees offered: B.A., B.S.
For major: 36
General education: 41
To graduate from WSC: 120
*A minor is also required for this program.
Popular minors: Emergency Management, Spanish, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Public Administration, Pre-Law
School: Natural and Social Sciences
Department: Criminal Justice
Law enforcement officers are entitled to a credit of 30% of tuition charges (LB906). Learn more
Focus on Affordability
WSC delivers a comprehensive online criminal justice degree at a lower cost than area schools. And with a flat rate for residents and non-residents, you can’t beat our value!
Wayne State College
University of Nebraska - Kearney
(costs shown are per credit hour)
Learn from the Best
Our faculty are accomplished, with 85% of our full-time faculty having the highest degree in their field. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.
Our Focus is Results
Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world.
- Criminal law and constitutional rights
- Role and function of police and law enforcement
- Correctional processes and probationary concepts
- Criminology theories and understanding criminal behavior
- Forensic crime scene investigation
- Security and loss prevention
- Introductory Spanish
- Homeland security and the nature of terrorism
- Research methods in social science
- Oral and written communication
- Time management and organization
- Police officer / sheriff
- Crime scene investigator
- Fraud investigator
- Anti-terrorism agent
- Correctional officer
- Probation/parole officer
- Border patrol agent
- Immigration specialist
- Case manager
- Lawyer / attorney
- Youth support worker
- Child protection agent
- Private and corporate security
- Emergency management
- Law enforcement agencies
- Federal agencies
- Anti-terrorism units
- Probation offices
- Correctional facilities
- Security companies
- Child protective services
- Immigration services
- Crime scene labs
- Law firms
- Social services
“Wayne State College’s criminal justice program prepared me very well for life after college. The education I received in the program helped set me apart from other applicants in the hiring process and helped me perform well during the academic portion of the police academy. I use pieces of what I learned at Wayne State College on a daily basis as a law enforcement officer, from writing reports to conducting investigations. I am confident that Wayne State College can prepare you for the career you are seeking in the criminal justice field.”
Keith Jorgensen '14
Deputy Sheriff, Pierce County (Nebraska)
“With the criminal justice program, I gained numerous skills including public speaking, data analysis, critical thinking, and ethical reasoning. The support I received from the faculty advisors was unprecedented. The faculty walked me through class registration, internship experiences, and post-graduation decisions. I became the best student that I was capable of being because the Criminal Justice faculty challenged me to take full advantage of the opportunities Wayne State offered. I had an internship at the local probation office and then opened the door to graduate school and employment with the United States Attorney’s office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. Currently, I am a development director for Collective for Youth.”
Nicole Everingham '04
Development Director, Collective For Youth (Omaha, Neb.)
Outside the Classroom
At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, events, and more.
Wayne State Criminal Justice Association
WSCJA is a large and active student club available to all Criminal Justice majors and minors. Recent activities have included field trips to the federal penitentiary in Colorado, Lincoln Correctional Penitentiary, and the Kansas City Police Department. Students were invited to observe Nebraska parole hearings and interview a prison inmate on death row. The club sponsors field trips, speakers and public service activities. For information, please contact Dr. Jason Karsky at 402-375-7139 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alpha Phi Sigma
Alpha Phi Sigma is the Criminal Justice Honorary, which encourages academic excellence, social service, student support, and the development of leadership skills for criminal justice majors. Requirements for membership include 42 hours of course work completed, a 3.2 GPA overall, a 3.2 GPA in the Criminal Justice major, and ranking in the top 35% of the class. For information, please contact Dr. Lisa Wanek at 402-375-7173 or at email@example.com.
Delta Upsilon is an association devoted to promoting professionalism in all areas of criminal justice. Members compete as a team in crime scene investigation, pistol and firearm competition, and physical agility competition, as well as test their criminal justice knowledge in written and practical competitive events. Requirements for membership: student in criminal justice, 18 years or older, and membership dues. For information, please contact the School of Natural and Social Sciences at 402-375-7030.