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Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration

Do you work in a field related to law enforcement, criminal justice, or corrections? Do you have an A.A.S. in any of these fields? Combine your knowledge of law enforcement with managerial expertise that can help improve your career-advancement and professional opportunities. You'll leave Whitworth with a better understanding of your role in public service and society, prepared to manage departments and agency functions effectively and efficiently in a criminal justice setting.

Snapshot
Class Format Evening and hybrid online courses 
Locations North Spokane, U-District 
Average Completion Time 2-3 years with A.A. or approved A.A.S. degree transfer
4-5 years with no transfer credits 
Application Deadline Four weeks prior to start date 

*for the 2017-18 academic year

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Program Overview

  • Six-week courses help you complete your degree faster.
  • Hybrid online classes usually meet three times during each six-week course; the rest is online.
  • All courses for this major are offered in the U-District, though most courses are also available at our main campus in North Spokane.
  • Your books are provided and delivered to you the first night of class.
  • Prior-learning assessment portfolio is available.

Program Details

Courses Taught by Professionals

Instructors are selected specifically for their experience and knowledge of current law enforcement practice. With a curriculum designed to move your leadership and professional expertise to the next level, instructors facilitate learning, drawing on the skills and practical experience of the professionals in each class.

Do you already have a community college A.A.S. degree?

With an approved A.A.S. degree* in law enforcement, criminal justice or corrections, you can transfer to Whitworth as a junior, receiving 60 semester credits toward your bachelor's degree. Once at Whitworth, you will begin taking general education requirements and upper-division coursework to complete your bachelor of arts degree. Attending part time, you can complete your degree in as little as two to three years.

More information regarding Whitworth's "upside-down" degree program.

*Additional A.A.S. degrees may qualify; check with a Whitworth academic advisor.

Don't have an A.A.S. degree?

If you haven't earned an A.A.S. degree but have extensive experience working in related fields within the law enforcement community, any previously earned college and/or university credits will be assessed for transfer. Any shortage of credits may be earned via Whitworth's evening degree program or through submission of a professional portfolio (see below).

Earn credits for police academy or related experience

While Whitworth's degree in criminal justice administration is designed to complement and build on community college curriculum, it is also possible for those in law enforcement, corrections and related fields to earn credit for college-level learning outside the traditional college classroom. Our advisors will help you discover your options.

  • If you have completed Washington State Basic Law Enforcement Academy, you may earn up to 20 credits for applicable coursework.
  • You may earn up to 32 semester credit of portfolio credit to apply toward your evening degree program at Whitworth.

Interested, but don't have the experience in law enforcement?

Whitworth developed the Bachelor of Arts in Public Service Administration Program to provide an alternative for those who are interested in law enforcement but do not meet the requirements to enter the criminal justice administration program. Please see the program details for more information.

Degree Requirements

Courses for the major may be completed in just 18 months. Time to degree completion varies, depending on course load and transfer credits. Please speak with one of our academic advisors and receive a complimentary transcript evaluation.

For course descriptions and learning outcomes of this major, please view the course catalog.

Criminal Justice Administration Major - 36 credits

BU 352 Human Behavior In Organizations 3 credits
EC 245 Economics of Social Issues 3 credits
PH 321W Ethics-Social/Behavioral Issues 3 credits
PO 320 American Political Process 3 credits
PO 371 Introduction to Public Administration 3 credits
SO 220 Race and Ethnicity 3 credits
SO 283 Deviance, Crime and Criminal Justice 3 credits
SO 370 Delinquency and Juvenile Justice 3 credits
SP 351 Group Dynamics 3 credits
Nine approved credits in related areas

General Education Requirements & Electives

All adult education programs from Whitworth must include general education and elective coursework to complete degree requirements. Some of the requirements may be met by courses offered in the major. Check with an advisor for details.

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate - 126

Total credits needed at Whitworth will vary depending on credits transferred from other institutions and/or earned on college-level examinations. 

What type of job can I get?

Earning your degree in criminal justice administration can open the doors to a variety of administrative roles within the criminal justice or corrections arena. Coursework may prepare you for administrative positions or managerial opportunities in the following areas:

  • corrections
  • rehabilitation
  • probation
  • crisis intervention
  • human resources
  • border protection
  • law enforcement
  • parole enforcement
  • security
  • public relations
  • federal agencies

Where Some of Our Students Work

  • City of Spokane
  • Pioneer Human Services
  • Spokane County Jail
  • Spokane Police Department
  • Post Falls Police Department
  • Department of Corrections
  • Washington State Patrol