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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
The Criminal Justice major at Kansas Wesleyan University prepares students to put theory into practice in real-life situations. Learn critical thinking, ethical decision-making, clear communication, strong technology skills, and an understanding of how to navigate the U.S. criminal justice system. Graduates of KWU’s Criminal Justice major have become judges, city prosecutors, practicing attorneys, investigators, and police officers.
Our online degree and hybrid course schedules allow flexibility by offering courses completely online or in a combination of online and on campus.
Why study Criminal Justice at KWU? You'll put justice into action.
Independent studies. Individual research projects. Internships. These are just some of the opportunities you will have 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?
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.
Download a sample information sheet here, including information on a special online rate per credit hour for EMT's, retired and current military members and law enforcement personnel! Please note that the rate ($215 per credit hour) applies to new students entering Fall 2021, and each student must complete a relevant form with the admissions office.
For more information, contact John Burchill, associate professor of Criminal Justice, or call (785) 833-4361.
KWU students can gain practical internship experience working in a Salina-area criminal justice setting, such as a sheriff’s office, police department, correctional facility or a community-based agency. They may help city and county leaders to make better decisions by conducting research projects for such organizations as the County Jail, Salina Parks & Recreation Department, Salina Sports Medicine Center and Salina Area Chamber of Commerce. Students can also spend a semester in Washington, D.C., as a Washington Center intern with a federal agency, such as the U.S. Marshals Service.