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Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Criminal Justice at Kansas Wesleyan University:

Putting theory into practice! 

In keeping with Kansas Wesleyan University’s philosophy to offer a Christian liberal arts education with a practical bent, the Criminal Justice degree offers you the opportunity to learn the theories that drive the discipline while you learn how to apply them.

By studying Criminal Justice at KWU, you will come to understand the workings of the U.S. criminal justice system, how to navigate it and ways in which you can begin to have an impact. You will also receive in-class opportunities to conduct research in the Salina community, helping local leaders develop better policies around crime and crime prevention. And you will receive personal mentoring and guidance from KWU faculty who will help you find your place in this dynamic, growing field.

Downloadable Information Sheet: CriminalJusticeHotSheetFINAL.pdf 

Criminal Justice program options:

  • Domestic Violence Endorsement
  • Law Enforcement Endorsement
  • Offender Management Endorsement

Why study Criminal Justice at KWU?
Because you’ll learn to put justice into action.

Independent studies. Individual research projects. Internships. These are just some of the opportunities you will receive as a Criminal Justice major.

  • Complete an internship working in a Salina-area criminal justice setting, such as a sheriff’s office, police department, correctional facility or community-based agency.
  • Participate in Salina community research projects for organizations such as the County Jail, Salina Parks & Recreation Department, the Salina Sports Medicine Center and Salina Area Chamber of Commerce, helping city and county leaders make better decisions for the people of Salina.
  • Fine-tune your oral communication and analytical skills on KWU’s nationally recognized debate team.
  • Complete a Criminal Justice Capstone project about a modern criminal justice issue.

What can I do with a Criminal Justice degree from Kansas Wesleyan University?
Help to make the world safer and more equitable.

Graduates from KWU’s Criminal Justice program have gone on to become state troopers, judges, city prosecutors, practicing attorneys and police officers. Students who attended law enforcement academies after graduating from KWU report that they finished in the top 10 percent of their classes.

Meet KWU Alum Israel Valdez (’03)
Texas State Trooper

“Wesleyan did a wonderful job of preparing me for my career. I couldn’t imagine having a better experience.”

Learn to make the world a better place in these Criminal Justice classes

Criminal Law  
Criminal Procedures 
Crime & Delinquency  
Criminal Justice Administration 


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

The curriculum philosophy reflects the standards set by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.