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Criminal Justice Degree – Bachelor of Arts (BA)

What if you could choose a major that would help you contribute to a more equitable criminal justice system? Or think about social services in different ways? What if you could help prevent crime on the streets? Distinguish yourself in the military? Attend law school or graduate school? Maybe spur some of the societal breakthroughs the world needs more of?

Criminal justice is that kind of degree program—one that allows you to forge your own trail to a variety of careers that include law, policing, corrections, Homeland Security, military service, probation and parole, court administration or social work.

What is Criminal Justice?

Criminal justice is an interdisciplinary degree program that will expose you to the study of criminology, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, among other fields. It is also an experiential program in that allows you to take as many as 6 internship credit hours, giving you the opportunity to experience different career paths and develop skills that will prepare you for the job market. UW offers the criminal justice bachelor’s degree program on campus and as a completion program at a distance through online/on-campus delivery.

Quick Facts

Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Concentration: Pre-law

Minor: Pre-law

Resident Tuition: $160/credit hour

Non-resident Tuition: $665/credit hour

Department of Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Bachelor’s Degree Program Highlights

As a University of Wyoming criminal justice major, you will take a wide variety of classes across multiple disciplines that will give you insights into the nature of crime in America while also exposing you to the wide variety of careers available to you in broad field of criminal justice.

You will also get the chance to have personal interactions with UW’s talented faculty and get hands-on, résumé-building experience. You can earn this degree on campus or as a completion degree through UW’s distance program. Here are some reasons to choose UW’s criminal justice program:

Internships. Take advantage of internships available to you in your junior and senior years. UW criminal justice students have interned at regional police departments, sheriffs’ offices, state senators’ offices along with:

  • U.S. Marshal’s Office
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)
  • International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL)
  • Marine Corps Officer Program
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
  • Wyoming Governor’s Office
  • United States Probation District of Wyoming
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Wyoming Department of Family Services
  • Albany County Coroner’s Office

Faculty. Learn from professors who have both academic and professional criminal justice experience. Because of UW’s small class sizes, you will have the chance to get to know faculty who are studying ways to prevent gang violence, how juries make decisions, the criminal justice system and mental health, prisoner reentry and other compelling topics.

Criminal Justice Club. Join the Criminal Justice Club, which offers field trips to places such as the UW College of Law, the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy, crime labs, FBI headquarters and other sites. You will also have the chance to attend guest lectures with professionals in the field and take part in an annual job fair.

Travel study. Put UW’s Urban Justice class on your schedule. The class travels to Chicago, Ill., where you’ll have the chance to visit a state penitentiary, see the results of urban revitalization and enjoy the Windy City.  

What Can You Do With a Criminal Justice Bachelor’s Degree?

A criminal justice degree is your entry into the type of career that can create heroic narratives around individual and societal change. Your UW criminal justice program offers you access to careers in the social justice/nonprofit sector, the legal field, criminology and corrections and more. It also prepares you to pursue graduate studies in law, psychology, social work, criminology and other fields.

Criminal Justice Careers

Criminal justice degree holders go on to diverse careers as:

  • Police officers
  • Detectives
  • Corrections officers
  • Paralegals
  • College professors
  • Politicians
  • Probation officers
  • Nonprofit administrators

Here are some of the places where University of Wyoming criminal justice alumni are making a difference:

  • Laramie County Government
  • State of Colorado
  • Albany County Sheriff’s Department
  • Laramie Police Department
  • UW Police Department
  • Wyoming Highway Patrol
  • Cheyenne Police Department
  • Casper Police Department
  • U.S. Marshall’s Office
  • FBI
  • U.S. Customs and Border Patrol
  • Homeland Security
  • Denver Police Department
  • Douglas County Sheriff’s Department
  • Boulder Police Department
  • Rapid City Police Department

Amazing Stories from Criminal Justice Majors

"In less than six months after graduation, I was hired as a probation/parole agent for the Wyoming Department of Corrections. I absolutely love my job and am grateful for my education from the CJ Department at UW."

- Kristen Young, B.A. ’15

What kind of classes will you take as a “C.J.” major?

  • Crime Causation
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Gangs
  • Global Terrorism
  • Correctional Theory and Practice
  • Political Violence
  • Women, Crime and the Law

View the full Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree program curriculum.

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