Program Overview

The online BS/BS in Criminal Justice degree program from Western Oregon University provides students with a broad foundation and understanding of social science and its application to understanding crime. With courses focusing on topics such as ethics, the American court system, police and the community, criminal law, and corrections, students are prepared for professional roles as:

  • Graduate/Law School Students
  • ​Residential Treatment Specialists
  • ​Investigators
  • Victim Advocates
  • Court Counselors
  • ​Youth Program Workers
  • ​Community Service Coordinators & Officers
  • ​Law Enforcement, Parole & Probation, Correction Officers
  • ​Victim/Offender Mediators

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities


    • This program consists of 48 credits of core coursework and 24 credits of electives. All core classes are offered online, but some electives may be offered only on campus.
    • Graduate from an accredited high school with at least a 2.75 cumulative high school GPA.
    • Applicants with a cumulative GPA between 2.50 and 2.74 are eligible for admission if they receive a composite score of 21 on the ACT or a combined score of 1000 on the Critical Reading and Mathematics sections of the SAT Reasoning Exam.
    • Separate requirements apply for graduates of unaccredited high schools or home-schooled students. See WOU admissions website for details.


    Western Oregon University is unable to accept new distance students residing in the states of Arkansas, Maryland, or Minnesota at this time. Distance students in some states may face other restrictions regarding program admission and activity.

    School Overview

    Western Oregon University (WOU), a leading comprehensive public liberal arts institution, is committed to changing lives, strengthening communities and transforming our world. WOU first opened in 1856, as a normal school, and is the oldest college within the Oregon University System. Today, WOU is a public, four-year liberal arts college, and is located in the Monmouth-Independence area, the heart of Oregon’s lush Willamette Valley. WOU is about 20 minutes from Salem, the state’s capital and about 75 minutes from Portland, the state’s cultural hub.

    The school offers associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, in addition to postgraduate certificates. Online and hybrid degree programs provide two distinct distance educational options for students enrolling in degree programs at Western Oregon University. Distance education degree programs at WOU include studies in liberal arts and education programs, and for the most part, are concentrated in master’s degree and postgraduate certificate programs.


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