Criminal Justice

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.

Degree Options

Students may earn an Associate in Arts (AA) 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.

To earn the Associate in Arts (AA) Degree, a student must complete at least 90 credit hours in college transfer courses numbered 100 or above with a minimum college-level GPA of 2.0, and include a minimum of 63 credit hours in general education courses. Courses cross-listed in two subject areas can be counted for credit in only one area. (See AA-DTA in the Degrees section of the catalog.)


Career Opportunities

    • Correctional Officer
    • Detention Officer
    • Correctional Sergeant
    • Probation Officer
    • Correctional Treatment Specialist


Wesley Maier

(509) 527-4348

Walla Walla Campus 500 Tausick Way Walla Walla, WA 99362


The mission of the Social Sciences Division is to provide opportunities for students to better understand individual and group behavior, and develop skills to explore and analyze past and present society and culture.

Program 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.