College of Arts and Sciences

Dept. of Criminal Justice and Criminology

Course Requirements for the Ph.D.
in Criminal Justice

The Ph.D. in criminal justice requires a total of 72 semester hours. Mandatory among these hours are a minimum of 48 hours of graded course work and a minimum of 24 hours of Crm J 800 research credits.

Required Core Courses (19 credits)

  • Crm J 514: Professional Development (1 credit pass/fail)
  • Crm J 520: Research Methods in Political Science and Criminal Justice
  • Crm J 522: Introductory Quantitative Methods in Criminal Justice
  • Crm J 523: Intermediate Quantitative Methods in Criminal Justice
  • Crm J 530: Criminal Justice: Processes and Institutions
  • Crm J 540: Seminar in Criminal Justice Research and Evaluation
  • Crm J 555: Seminar in Criminological Theory

Institutional Courses (9 credits)

  • Crm J 541: Seminar in Corrections
  • Crm J 560: Prosecution and Adjudication
  • Crm J 570: Police and Society

Advanced Method-Based Courses (3 credits minimum)

One course in advanced methodology selected from a variety of courses already offered throughout the university, such as:

  • Crm J 521: Advanced Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology (may be taken more than once)
  • Crm J 524: Advanced Quantitative Techniques in Criminal Justice and Criminology (may be taken more than once)

Electives (18 credits)

Courses selected from within the DCJC or from other departments. DCJC courses include:

  • Crm J 505: Comparative Criminal Justice
  • Crm J 510: Leadership in Criminal Justice
  • Crm J 511; Criminal Justice Management
  • Crm J 512: Juvenile Justice
  • Crm J 513: Multicultural Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Crm J 521: Advanced Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Crm J 524: Advanced Topics in Quantitative Methods
  • Crm J 531: Drugs, Alcohol, and Crime
  • Crm J 542: Community Corrections
  • Crm J 572: Seminar in Comparative Policing
  • Crm J 580: Gender and Justice
  • Crm J 591: Seminar in the Administration of Criminal Justice
  • Crm J 593: Special Topics in Criminological Theory
  • Crm J 594: Special Topics in Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Crm J 595: Advanced Topics in Criminal Justice Institutions and Processes
  • Crm J 596: Special Topics: Criminal Justice and Public Health

Crm J 800 - Dissertation Research Hours (ungraded) (24 credits minimum)

Students must complete a minimum of 48 graded credits and a minimum of 24 ungraded 800-level credits to complete the Ph.D.

17 credits may be transferred in from another master's degree program.

27 credits may transfer in from our own CJ master's degree program.

In addition to the course requirements, each student in the Ph.D. program is required to have formal teaching and/or research experience in an institution of higher learning before receiving the Ph.D. degree. Serving as a teaching assistant in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology satisfies this teaching requirement. Collecting original data also fulfills this requirement.

Contact Us

Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Washington State University
Johnson Tower 701
P.O. Box 644872
Pullman, WA 99164-4872
Ph: 509-335-8611
Fax: 509-335-4513

Chair:
Dr. Craig Hemmens

Graduate Advisor:
Dr. Faith Lutze

Administrative Manager:
DeeDee Torgeson

Graduate Program Assistant:
Andrea Butcherite
509-335-8611

Undergraduate Academic Advisors:
Kelli Laxson, Room 701b
509-335-5467
(Students whose last name begins with letters: A — L; Criminal Justice is their 2nd major/2nd degree; Criminal Justice is their minor)
Sisouvanh (Sis) Keopanapay, room 726
509-335-1204
(Students whose last name begins with letters: M — Z; Students who have questions about Internship Credits)

2014–2015 Handbook (pdf)

 

 

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