A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice is a versatile choice, and new jobs are always being created in this advancing field. Students at William Woods University study criminal justice because of a desire to gain insight through a well-rounded, liberal arts curriculum that motivates purpose and perspective. It is a respected program in its combination of study of theoretical principles put to real, tangible application.
At William Woods University, we will connect you with thought leaders of current topics, very often right here on campus, and our passionate faculty who teach 100% of our courses, and have experience in various careers in the criminal justice field. You will learn to think critically and ethically, to investigate thoroughly, to become a better verbal and written communicator, and to develop your knack for research and analysis.
Criminal justice majors may choose from one of three concentrations:
Get involved in Criminal Justice Club, and participate in the conversations around today’s societal and criminal justice issues. Organize on-campus events to raise awareness about current issues
Attend national conferences in homeland and industrial security
Work with our faculty in scholarly research
Travel to Hong Kong and Macau to study business and security principles in our faculty-led course
Gain experience with internships at the federal, state and local levels — including work with police departments, state highway patrol, industrial security and more
Prepare for careers in law enforcement, agencies, industrial security, corrections, and the judicial system
Compete for a chance to have your research published in our own department journal!
Our Criminal Justice degree at work
Our bachelor’s in criminal justice alumni have found successful careers in leading agencies, companies and firms:
Noble Biocare International
Bell & Watson, PLLC, Memphis, TN
Cox Health Systems
Missouri Secretary of State
National-level intelligence agencies
North Star Resource Group
Columbia Police Department
United States Marine Corp
Province of Ontario
Pate's Law Group, Orlando FL
William Woods University
Boomerang Strategies, McKinney, TX
State of Missouri
Spectrum Brands, Inc.
DeVry Education Group, Government Relations Department
Midwest Litigation Services
Veteran's United Home Loans
Missouri Division of Youth Services
New Bloomfield Schools
United States Senate, Office of the Press Secretary for the Environment and Public Works Committee
Legislative Lobbyist firm for the KC Chiefs and others
Central Trust & Investment Company
Boone County Circuit Clerk
Florida GAL Foundation
Dinsmoer & Shohl, Commercial Litigation, Kentucky
Prosecuting Attorney office, Lincoln County and others
Kathy J. Weinman Children's Advocacy Center, St. Louis, MO
High Caliber Stables, North Carolina
Chelsea Meadows Equestrian Center
Some graduate and law schools attended by political/legal studies and criminal justice bachelor’s grads:
University of Missouri Law School
University of Missouri Master's and Doctorate program in Political Science
University of Missouri Master's in Education
Oklahoma City Law School
St. Louis University Law School
American University Law School, Washington, DC
University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School
University of Missouri-Kansas City Master's program in Political Science
Barry University Law School - Florida
William Mitchell College of Law
Master's of Liberal Arts in Journalism, Harvard
University of Denver Law School
Being a part of the William Woods legal studies department has really been a pleasure. My professors care about me as an individual and are always willing to go the extra mile if I need it. The criminal justice program has prepared me for a career in homeland security with a wide variety of specialty classes. From forensic evidence to intelligence management and threat assessment, my education through the criminal justice-homeland security program has kept me up-to-date with the ever-changing worlds of law and national security. I feel that my experiences at William Woods and with the criminal justice-homeland security major are invaluable.
The professors in the criminal justice program are extremely knowledgeable in their field and have always been there for help when I needed it. They have made my college experience exciting and have given me the foundation for a job in criminal justice.
This introductory course will examine crime in America with a focus on the role of police, courts, and correctional institutions. Students will consider the balance between freedom and security issues and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the American justice system as it adapts to cultural, political, and societal changes.
Intro to Corrections, Prbtn &Parole
This introductory course will examine how evidence-based practices are used in corrections and how theory is linked to treatment and punishment of offenders, and encourages critical thinking about community corrections, prison life, treatment of offenders, reentry, legal issues, the death penalty, and juveniles in corrections.
This introductory course will explore the cause and major theories of criminal behavior. Students will learn the various research techniques that have been used to study criminal behavior and examine connections to social, environmental and ethnographical factors. Students will gain a more complete understanding of crime and how it relates to human social life. Finally students will apply the knowledge gained in their studies to examine current policy trends and the methods used to address crime and proscribed social behavior.
Introduction to Homeland and Industrial Security
This course will provides a comprehensive overview of the Department’s history, mission, organization, and programs designed to reduce America’s vulnerability to attack and quickly recover from disaster. We will discuss emergency preparedness, critical infrastructure, intelligence and terrorism.
Emergency Management & Disaster Pln
This is an introductory course in the field of emergency management and disaster planning. This course will cover topics such as: the history of the field, hazard risk management, an in depth analysis of natural and man-made disasters, development of incident management plans, critical infrastructure protection, and mitigation strategies. Students will also develop a deeper understanding of how natural and man-made hazards represent a threat to the security and stability of the nation and to develop critical thinking skills.
This course involves the study of substantive and procedural criminal law including due process, probable cause, statutory and case law authorities governing criminal law and rules of criminal procedure. This course will also provide a foundation for further work in the Criminal Justice field, and host an in-depth examination of the crimes committed by suspects, and actions taken by criminal justice professionals to deal with those crimes.
This introductory course begins with first contact with the police, all the way through to appeal. We will discuss Search and Seizure; Interrogations, Confessions, and Identification Procedures; The Beginnings of Formal Proceedings; Trial, Conviction, and Beyond. This course presupposes no legal expertise, connects criminal procedure cases to the real world through innovative pedagogy, and encourages students through numerous decision making exercises to be critical thinkers by putting them in the position of judge.
Criminal Justice Ethics -E
This course will examine three major criminal justice related schools of thought (virtue, formalism, and utilitarianism) and emphasizes how ethics impact individual decision-making. We will engage in extensive critical-thinking exercises, explore Police ethics as interpreted in movies, books and television and raise ethical questions to assist students in developing ethical-reasoning skills.
This course will examine the history and status of domestic and international terrorism. We will emphasize different regions of the world and the terrorist groups in each region. As well as examine terrorist events, groups, responses to terrorism, changes in terrorist strategies, and current and future trends.
Criminal Investigations & Crime Scn
This is an introductory course in the field of criminal investigation and crime scene processing. There are two related areas this course will explore. First, this course will examine some of the practical methods and overall considerations of processing a crime scene as well as other issues involved in the actual collection and preservation of evidence. The second area this course will explore is the area of criminal investigations and the methods, techniques and legal considerations involved in the overall criminal investigation process.
Drugs and Crime in Society
We will examine the major facts and issues concerning criminal justice and drug-taking behavior in America today. We will explore the social problems associated with drug use, abuse, drug control policy, the role of Law enforcement and the courts and the impact on society.
Research Mthds in Criminal Justice
In this course we will discuss contemporary research methods applied to criminal justice and criminology. We will demonstrate how research is relevant to the field and what tools are needed to actually conduct that research. We will examine qualitative research and quantitative research and discuss real-life examples and explain how to competently critique as well as create research-based knowledge.
Prerequisite: CMJ180 and MAT114
Cybercrime and Information Warfare
Issues addressed in this course include descriptions of the types of crimes and terrorist acts committed using computer technology, theories addressing hackers and other types of digital criminals, an overview of the legal strategies and tactics targeting this type of crime, and in-depth coverage of investigating and researching digital crime, digital terrorism, and information warfare. Additionally, upon completion of the course, students should find themselves better prepared for further study into the growing problems of crime, terrorism and information warfare being committed using computer technology.
The purpose of this course is to summarize all the knowledge learned in prior courses as well as study some of the more advanced concepts that you will be using in the field. The course focus includes a review of current security and criminal justice issues/trends and how they influence ‘Best Practices’ in business, security and Criminal justice today.