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Criminal Justice

Program Overview

Our Program of Study Focuses on Your Future

Wayne State’s fastest growing major, Criminal Justice, delivers a broad online or traditional, residential academic program designed to provide you with the necessary practical knowledge and skills for rewarding careers. Wayne State’s faculty members know many of you are interested in careers that include border patrol, corrections officer, probation officer, special agent for governmental agencies, Homeland Security, United States marshal, criminal laboratory scientist, parole officer, State Patrol, immigration and customs enforcement, asset protection, game warden, customs agent, child protective services, and juvenile justice. Our major covers the theoretical basis for understanding the economic, political, and social environments in which the criminal justice process operates, which means you have the flexibility to apply your degree to any of these careers.

Wayne State College offers a major in criminal justice. Additionally, criminal justice majors must choose from any of a number of minors available on campus. Students enrolled in the online Criminal Justice program must choose the business minor since it is the only minor program of study that is offered online. Optional in the electives available in the criminal justice major are three hours of internship for selected juniors and seniors who qualify. It is suggested that all criminal justice majors take Spanish or another foreign language as part of their General Education requirements. 

Recent job titles of graduates of the Criminal Justice program include police officer, corrections officer, fraud investigator, deputy sheriff, jailer/dispatcher, probation officer, case manager, attorney, youth support worker, and child protection agent with agencies such as the Nebraska State Patrol, U.S. Marshals Service, Adult Probation, Juvenile Probation, Child Protective Services, Omaha Police Department, and the Lincoln Police Department. Internships are available in all types of criminal justice agencies.

Degree Requirements

Course Type Hours
General Education 41 credit hours. You may not need to complete general education classes if you have an associate’s degree (see advisor). May transfer a maximum of 66 credits from other colleges.
Criminal Justice bachelor's degree 36 credit hours. Students must also have a minor (additional 18-21 credits of the 120).
Total 120 credit hours
Upper division hours 40 minimum
Total hours at WSC 30 minimum
Major GPA 2.0 minimum
Cumulative GPA 2.0 minimum