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Criminal Justice

University of Wyoming
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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Program description

Criminal Justice

Criminal justice is that kind of degree program—one that allows you to forge your own trail to a variety of careers that include law, policing, corrections, Homeland Security, military service, probation and parole, court administration or social work.

Criminal justice is an interdisciplinary degree program that will expose you to the study of criminology, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, among other fields. It is also an experiential program in that allows you to take as many as 12 internship credit hours, giving you the opportunity to experience different career paths and develop skills that will prepare you for the job market. UW offers the criminal justice bachelor’s degree program on campus and as a completion program at a distance through online/on-campus delivery.

Program content

Criminal Justice Major

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminology
  • Research Methods in CJ
  • Criminal Courts & Processes
  • Correctional Theory and Practice
  • Issues in Policing
  • Ethics

Criminal Justice Minor

  • Intro to Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminology
  • Criminal Courts & Processes
  • Correctional Theory and Practice
  • Issues in Policing

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


The Criminal Justice faculty has identified the specific objectives of its undergraduate curriculum. The following are the learning outcomes that we would like to see each Criminal Justice student acquire before graduation. We are continuously and actively assessing our program to ensure that these learning outcomes are being met.

  1. Students will acquire an accurate knowledge base relating to crime in modern society to include the elements of major crime, the extent of crime, and its distribution in society.
  2. Students will possess a broad historical and contemporary understanding of the institutions that make up our criminal justice system, the interconnectedness of these institutions, and the related issues of diversity and discrimination.
  3. Students will develop an understanding of the major legal principles that serve as the foundation for criminal law and the processing of individuals through the justice system, as well as the difficult situations and ethical dilemmas they will face in the criminal justice field.
  4. Students will understand and apply basic concepts and theoretical perspectives in criminology and criminal justice.
  5. Students will possess the ability to access, comprehend, and critically examine research and policy relevant to the field of criminal justice and criminology, including understanding basic research methodology.

Career opportunities

Criminal Justice (CJ) is a social science that critically examines the causes and control of criminal behavior. The Criminal Justice Program is interdisciplinary. Criminology, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, and many other disciplines contribute to the Criminal Justice field.

The Department of Criminal Justice is committed to providing its students a broad liberal arts education. This will help prepare CJ students for a variety of professions, including:

  • Local, State, and Federal Law Enforcement
  • Court Administration
  • Law School
  • Probation and Parole
  • Corrections
  • The Military
  • Homeland Security
  • Private Security

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About this institute

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The University of Wyoming is located in the safe and inviting college town of Laramie, Wyoming. Laramie is a community located about two hours north of the large, metropolitan city of Denver, Colorado. Laramie is nestled in a valley at...

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University of Wyoming

1000E University Avenue
82071 Laramie

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