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Criminal Justice, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cullowhee, NC, United States
The Western Carolina University's Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice offers the baccalaureate in criminal justice, one of the largest degree programs at WCU. It is founded on the notion that understanding the causes of crime is fundamental to assessing systems for responding to crime and delinquency.
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Key facts:

  • Criminal Justice curriculum is designed from an interdisciplinary social science perspective. It is a well-rounded curriculum that provides students with an understanding of the crime problem, legal issues, research methodologies, knowledge of criminological topics, the justice system and challenges faced in a diverse democratic society. Graduates lead careers in law, law enforcement, victim services, probation, parole, institutional corrections, research and higher education. 
  • The largest portion of Western Carolina University graduates who have gone on to law school majored in criminal justice and many of our graduates attend topic graduate programs in criminology/criminal justice such as Florida State and the University of Cincinnati.
  • All tenured and tenure track faculty hold the Ph.D. in criminology, criminal justice or sociology from top tier universities in the field. Our faculty have worked with an array of agencies and organizations in law enforcement, courts, corrections and victim programs. You will gain a broad understanding of the crime problem and our social control machinery. Engaged learning is our foremost feature, allowing our students the opportunity to research topics of special interest under the sponsorship of faculty and present their findings on campus as well as state and national conferences. 
  • Special emphasis is placed on research and communication skills throughout our curriculum. We have an array of opportunities to study criminal justice abroad. The Criminal Justice Club and Alpha Phi Sigma also undertake numerous extracurricular activities. Our internship program provides an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge in a work setting and gain a better sense of specific career settings.
  • Careers of our graduates cover a very broad range including policing, courts and corrections at the local, state and federal levels. Many of our alumni work with at-risk youth or adjudicated delinquents and in crime and delinquency prevention programs. Our graduates are also well represented in academe, the legal profession, victim services private security.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Criminal Justice program curriculum include:

  • Criminal Justice & Criminology
  • Majoring in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Research Methods for Criminology & Criminal Justice 
  • Theories of Crime
  • Statistical Analysis for Criminology & Criminal Justice 
  • Senior Seminar
  • Criminal Law
  • Social Justice and the Law 
  • Juvenile Justice and Delinquency 
  • Police in Society
  • Institutional Corrections

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
    • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
    • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
    • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cullowhee

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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