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Criminal Justice Administration

Criminal Justice Administration Program

Whitworth's newest bachelor's degree program is designed for law enforcement professionals who want to build on their knowledge of criminal justice administration while improving their career and professional opportunities.

Scheduled for You

  • Hybrid-model classes meet only two evenings and one Saturday per six-week course, with instructor and student engagement online between class meetings.
  • Six-week, accelerated-format classes mean you complete your degree sooner than traditional programs.
  • With two years of prior coursework, Whitworth’s evening classes allow you to complete your degree in roughly two years, depending on transfer credits and personal course load.
  • For your convenience, all courses in the major are offered downtown at our U-District location.

The Bachelor of Liberal Studies, Criminal Justice Administration major builds on the learning outcomes students have achieved through completion of an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree and/or through their professional experience. Criminal Justice Administration majors will…

  • understand and critically assess the historical and theoretical basis of criminal justice in the context of current practice;
  • demonstrate self-knowledge in the context of the criminal-justice profession;
  • apply general theories and practice of group communication, organizational behavior and supervision;
  • understand ethical and legal issues specific to law enforcement, corrections, and security roles; and
  • understand and articulate the role of public service in society.

A.A.S. degree holders, in criminal justice or corrections: Unique in the Spokane area, Whitworth's "upside-down" transfer option is designed for community college A.A.S. degree holders who want to continue their education at the bachelor's-degree level. With the upside-down transfer option, A.A.S. graduates transfer to Whitworth with junior standing and receive 60-64 semester credits for completion of their A.A.S. degree in criminal justice or corrections. Once at Whitworth, students take general education requirements and upper-division coursework in their major to complete their bachelor of liberal studies degree. With transfer of two years of college work, completing the bachelor's degree takes only 2-3 years, attending part-time in the evenings.

Non-A.A.S. degree holders: It is possible for those who have not earned an A.A.S. degree but who have extensive experience working in related fields within the law enforcement community to earn the degree, as well. Previously earned college and/or university credits will be assessed for transfer, and any credit-shortage may be addressed via Whitworth's evening program or through submission of a professional portfolio (see below).

Portfolio assessment of prior learning; While Whitworth's criminal justice administration program is designed to complement and build on the community college curriculum, it is also possible for those in law enforcement, corrections, and related fields who have not completed the A.A.S. degree to get credit for college-level learning outside of the traditional college classroom, e.g. police academy. A student may earn up to 32 semester credits of portfolio credit to apply toward a degree at Whitworth.

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