Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology


Combining a passion for scholarship with a keen understanding of practical applications, the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology offers students the opportunity to learn, explore and develop in a substantive and expanding field. The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology is located on three campuses of Washington State University, at Pullman, Spokane and Vancouver.

The department offers both graduate and undergraduate degrees; students may earn a minor, a bachelor of arts, a master’s degree, or a Ph.D. in criminal justice and criminology. We have degree options to suit today’s students, with our B.A. and M.A. offered both on campus and online, and our Ph.D. offered on campus. With groundbreaking research, renowned professors, and students who are making a difference, WSU is an exciting place to pursue your education.

criminal justice undergrad studentsUndergraduate

Undergraduates benefit from a policy-focused curriculum that prepares them both for careers and future study, learning from leaders in the field.

criminal justice faculty and grad studentGraduate

Graduate students work closely with faculty, pursuing a more comprehensive understanding of the field of criminal justice and developing as scholars and researchers.

Meet our faculty

criminal justice faculty

Department faculty have a wide range of research and teaching interests, and the department is nationally and internationally recognized for its scholarship.


  • Criminologist takes on regional justice reform

    A WSU faculty member is steering the first major steps in a comprehensive overhaul of the way Spokane area police, courts, judges, and detention centers work together.

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  • ‘Swift & Certain': Hawaii Probation Program Goes National

    Judge Steven Alm was confounded after his first week on Hawaii’s circuit court. Amongst his other dockets, he watched Hawaii’s probation system in action, and he did not like what he saw. “[It] was an all of nothing system that wasn’t working,” says Alm.

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  • WSU lab studies the science behind police shootings

    The Spokane lab recreates simulations of actual officer-involved shootings to help improve police responses.

    Inside an old warehouse on Washington State University’s Spokane campus, police officer Nick Briggs is being fitted with an imaging device to monitor what’s happening inside his brain as he makes life and death decisions.

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  • Researchers strive to solve dangerous distracted driving by cops

    Police officers are often brave and heroic, and their jobs are harder than ever, frequently requiring them to talk on their cellphones and police radios and even type on computers as they drive. The results can be tragic.

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