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2023-2024 WWCC College Catalog 
2023-2024 WWCC College Catalog

Criminal Justice

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Department Overview: The Criminal Justice department provides the theoretical and methodological roots of contemporary criminology inquiry as well as applied course work in Criminal Justice. This department is designed to provide an academic foundation in particular specializations for career advancement and/or transfer to baccalaureate institutions.

Program Level Outcomes:

  • The ability to analyze past and present society, diverse cultures and histories to better understand individual and group behavior and enhance self-awareness.
  • An understanding and working knowledge of the theories, concepts, ideas, terminology, and factual evidence in selected fields within the social sciences.
  • Sensitivity in understanding diverse views and perspectives.
  • An understanding of the historically and socially constructed nature of human differences.


Students may earn an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree, which is intended to prepare students for employment in the Criminal Justice field. This program does not require background checks or drug screening before entering into the program. However, prospective students should realize that student practicums, and volunteer positions may require background checks and/or drug screens by federal or state law. For more information, visit www.privacyrights.org.

Students may earn an Associate in Applied Science - Transfer Degree, which is designed for students planning to transfer to a baccalaureate institution with junior standing. Students pursuing this degree should plan their programs at WWCC in accordance with the requirements of the institution to which they plan to transfer.  This degree transfers to Evergreen State College.

Industry Description: Criminal Justice is the study of the causes, effects and command of crime. Similar to other developing fields, criminal justice is a broad field, drawing from many disciplines, including psychology, corrections, sociology, and chemistry.

Entrance Requirements: Students may begin their study in these programs in fall, winter, or spring quarters. In order to start this program, the placement process must be completed through the Testing Center. Visit wwcc.edu/placement for more information.

Other Information: For additional information including regional employment data, completion rates, student characteristics, and employment see http://www.careerbridge.wa.gov.


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