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Bachelor of Science (BS) in Criminal Justice

bachelors in criminal justice.

A 360° look into Criminal Justice.

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 areas of emphasis:

Special opportunities

  • 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
  • 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
  • Homeland Security
  • National-level intelligence agencies
  • North Star Resource Group
  • Columbia Police Department
  • United States Marine Corp
  • General Motors
  • Province of Ontario
  • Pate's Law Group, Orlando FL
  • William Woods University
  • Boomerang Strategies, McKinney, TX
  • State of Missouri
  • Spectrum Brands, Inc.
  • McAdams, LTD
  • 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
  • Scholastic
  • 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

Alumni Perspectives

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.

— Megan Grissom, legal studies-criminal justice graduate

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.

— Trevor McBride, legal studies-criminal justice graduate


Courses you may take

CMJ 110

Introduction to Criminal Justice -S


CMJ 120

Intro to Corrections, Prbtn &Parole


CMJ 180

Criminology -T


CMJ 240

Introduction to Homeland and Industrial Security


CMJ 260

Emergency Management & Disaster Pln


CMJ 270

Criminal Law


CMJ 280

Criminal Procedure


CMJ 320



CMJ 355

Criminal Investigations & Crime Scn


CMJ 370

Drugs and Crime in Society


CMJ 380

Research Mthds in Criminal Justice


CMJ 440

Cybercrime and Information Warfare


CMJ 490

Senior Seminar



Admissions Information

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