The goal of the Criminal Justice program is to develop an increased awareness of the roles of law enforcement, courts, and corrections, and a better understanding of the social, political, and economic forces which influence that system as well as the causes of crime. The program is strongly rooted in the liberal arts and social sciences and focuses on developing writing, speaking, higher-order cognitive skills, as well as an appreciation of diversity.
The course of study consists of an extensive overview of the criminal justice system and an intensive examination of each of the major components of the system. The program is designed to serve both those students who may elect to enter the criminal justice profession immediately upon graduation and those students who desire to pursue graduate work. Criminal Justice majors are able to apply for an internship and work in a criminal justice related agency or organization during their senior year. Any students seeking to change their major to Criminal Justice must have completed at least 15 credits at WSU with a 2.50 or better cumulative GPA. The major core GPA requirements are also applicable.
Students transferring from another college must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA. A grade of less than C-in any criminal justice course is not transferable into the Criminal Justice major. If after transferring, a student needs to complete any or all of the Major Core classes, the student must do so with no grade in any of the Major Core courses below a C-. The transfer student must also complete the Major Core courses with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5, including WSU and transfer coursework. Regardless of the number of Criminal Justice courses taken at other colleges, a transferring student must complete a minimum of 21 Criminal Justice credit-hours at Westfield State University and complete the Major Core courses in compliance with the above requirements for GPA and with no grade of less than a C- in the Major Core courses.