► The Criminal Justice degree offers a multidisciplinary understanding of crime and justice within the framework of broader social processes within our society.
The program examines all major aspects of the justice system from an ecological systems approach rather than a specialization in one narrow content area. The curriculum provides a theoretical understanding of the discipline, combined with an understanding of the scientific method as it applies to criminal justice.
Prior to application, students must complete all admission requirements for UW Tacoma and the Criminal Justice major (or students must have a plan in place to complete required courses prior to beginning classes). Please refer to the prerequisite grid. Transfer applicants are encouraged to meet with an admissions advisor prior to applying. To schedule an appointment, please call the Office of Admissions at 253-692-4742.
Be a current UW Tacoma student or be in the process of admission to the UW Tacoma campus (including completion of intermediate algebra requirement). Transfer students must first complete the Application for Transfer Admission.
Have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA
Transfer applicants must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA in all transfer coursework.
Current UW students who seek to either declare or change their major to criminal justice or criminal justice online must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA in all UW coursework and be in good standing with the university.
Have completed at least 60 UW or transferable college-level credits by the time of enrollment in the program (NOTE: Applicants to the Criminal Justice Online Program must complete 90 transferable college-level academic credits by the time they intend to enroll in the program.)
Have completed the following prerequisite courses with at least a 2.0 grade in each course: introductory course in political science/American government; introductory or survey course in sociology; and 5 credits of English Composition.
Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:
Completion of all prerequisite requirements
Previous academic history
Personal goal statement describing your interest in criminal justice
Two years in high school of the same world language or 10 credits of one language at the colllege level.
*If deficient at the time of admission, world language must be complete prior to graduation.