The Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice requires completion of 62 credit hours. The degree is designed to be used as a step toward completion of the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree. Increasingly, correctional and law enforcement agencies are recognizing the Associate of Arts degree as a desirable or required preparation of entrance to work in these fields. The degree includes courses in social sciences in addition to specific offerings relating to correctional and law enforcement functions.
The Law Enforcement major is designed to provide a balanced introduction to all aspects of the criminal justice process with particular emphasis on the theoretical and practical aspects of law enforcement. The program is interdisciplinary in content, utilizing courses in the social sciences as well as those more directly related to functions and programs in the criminal justice system. This program is designed for both the practitioner who is already employed in criminal justice and pre-service students interested in criminal justice careers.
The Corrections major is designed to provide an academic and experiential learning environment that will prepare students for employment in federal, state, and local corrections agencies. Consequently, the curriculum addresses the nature of both institutional and community-based corrections. The degree includes an internship, which is intended to promote the development of knowledge and skills for correctional practice while providing opportunity for professional networking, professional socialization, and personal growth. Students enrolling in this specialized internship are presumed to be committed to entering the field of Corrections.
The Security Administration major is interdisciplinary in nature, emphasizing practical issues and theoretical concepts related to security, safety, fire, crime prevention, investigations, law enforcement and the social sciences. This program is designed to prepare students for professional and managerial employment in security, investigations, loss prevention, and risk management positions in business, industry, government agencies and non-profit organizations. As with the other areas of concentration, this program is designed for both personnel already employed in criminal justice and pre-service students interested in careers in security.
The Partnership for Learning and Networking is a Bachelors Degree Completion Program offered by Washburn University in cooperation with 26 community college partners. This high-quality, flexible program allows a student to complete a bachelors degree in two years through courses presented via the world wide web. This program is designed for students interested in criminal justice careers who have completed an associate degree at one of the many Community College Plan Partners. All students participating in the PLAN Program must complete a minimum of 36 semester hours in criminal justice, correlate and minor courses, and meet all other university degree requirements.
The Master of Criminal Justice degree program is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The program is designed to meet the needs of criminal justice professionals and pre-professionals who desire to enhance their knowledge, skills, and talents. Course work emphasizes the application of theory and research to contemporary practices in law enforcement, courts, and corrections administration.
Students may pursue a Bachelor of Legal Studies (BLS), an Associate of Arts (AA) degree, or a Certificate of Completion. Those students wishing to become paralegals should be aware that paralegals are not permitted to practice law. Paralegals may perform legal work only under the supervision of a licensed attorney. Courses concentrate on general topics such as terminology, legal research, legal writing, civil procedure, and professional ethics, complemented by various specialty courses selected by the student. Students also take correlated courses in computer use, editing and grammar, and technical writing.
The Certificate of Completion in the Legal Studies Program is available to those students who have already completed an associate, bachelor, or graduate-level degree.