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.
Undergraduates benefit from a policy-focused curriculum that prepares them both for careers and future study, learning from leaders in the field.
Graduate students work closely with faculty, pursuing a more comprehensive understanding of the field of criminal justice and developing as scholars and researchers.
Department faculty have a wide range of research and teaching interests, and the department is nationally and internationally recognized for its scholarship.
What Happens When A Police Officer Doesn’t Shoot?
Law enforcement officers have come under pressure over the past few months to rethink how they use deadly force, as a result of the string of videos of shootings by police.Read Story
Distracted driving dangers a focus of WSU lab’s work
When Corporal Jordan Ferguson started his career in policing 30 years ago, he had a radio and a notebook in his car. Now, when Ferguson patrols the streets of Spokane, he’s tethered to technology.Read Story
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.Read Story
‘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.Read Story