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Law and Justice

Major Requirements

The Department of Law and Justice is making some slight changes to the major requirements effective as of the Fall 2014 quarter. All students who have declared their LAJ major before the Fall 2014 quarter will stay with the current curriculum (32 core credits, 20 LAJ class credits, 8 elective credits); all students who declare their LAJ major beginning with the Fall 2014 quarter will use the new curriculum (32 core credits, 28 LAJ electives).


For students declaring their major before Fall 2014:

Law and Justice Major = 60 Credits

Core Requirements

LAJ Core (All Required)Credits
LAJ300Administration of Criminal Justice4
LAJ302Criminal Procedure4
LAJ303Legal Research4
LAJ313Introduction to Criminal Law4
LAJ400Research Methods4
LAJ401Ethics, Conflict and Diversity4
LAJ420Community and Social Justice4
LAJ451Crime in America4
Core Credits    32
LAJ Major Courses (Pick 5 Courses)Credits
LAJ311Family Law4
LAJ316Introduction to Paralegal Studies4
LAJ317Introduction to Civil Practice4
LAJ324Correctional Law4
LAJ326Correctional Counseling4
LAJ327Community Corrections4
LAJ331Investigation4
LAJ332Police Community Relations4
LAJ333Police Personnel Administration4
LAJ334Issues in Policing4
LAJ342Juvenile Justice Process4
LAJ350Criminal Justice and the Media4
LAJ351Prep for Careers in Law Enforcement4
LAJ353Great American Trials4
LAJ402African Americans and the Constitution4
LAJ403Sexual Minorities, the Law and Justice4
LAJ410Legal Writing4
LAJ426Advanced Correctional Counseling4
LAJ440Basic Mediation4
LAJ450Report Writing4
LAJ453Domestic Violence Issues4
LAJ455Comparative Criminal Justice Systems4
LAJ459Current Issues4
LAJ460Terrorism4
LAJ470Victimology4
LAJ Elective from Major Courses 20
Credits from Approved Electives8
Total Credits Required60
All courses may be offered either on-campus or online.

Law and Justice Core Total Credits: 32
LAJ Electives Credits: 20
— Select five (5) upper-division CWU LAJ courses (other than 490, 492, 495, or 496).
Approved Elective Credits: 8
— Select eight (8) credits from the list of approved electives (89KB .pdf).


For students declaring their major Fall 2014 or later:

Law and Justice Major = 60 Credits

Core Requirements

LAJ Core (all required)Credits
LAJ 300Administration of Criminal Justice4
LAJ 302Criminal Procedure4
LAJ 313Criminal Law4
LAJ 400Research Methods4
LAJ 401Ethics, Conflict, and Diversity4
LAJ 420Community and Social Justice4
LAJ 451Crime in America4
LAJ 459Senior Capstone4
Core Credits32
LAJ Electives (Pick 7 Courses)Credits
LAJ 303Legal Research4
LAJ 311Family Law4
LAJ 316Introduction to Paralegal Studies4
LAJ 317Introduction to Civil Practice4
LAJ 324Correctional Law4
LAJ 326Correctional Counseling4
LAJ 327Community Corrections4
LAJ 331Investigation4
LAJ 332Police Community Relations4
LAJ 333Police Personnel Administration4
LAJ 334Issues in Policing4
LAJ 342Juvenile Justice Process4
LAJ 350Criminal Justice and the Media4
LAJ 351Prep for Careers in Law Enforcement4
LAJ 353Great American Trials4
LAJ 402African Americans and the Constitution4
LAJ 403Sexual Minorities, the Law, and Justice4
LAJ 410Legal Writing4
LAJ 426Advanced Correctional Counseling4
LAJ 440Basic Mediation4
LAJ 450Report Writing4
LAJ 453Domestic Violence Issues4
LAJ 455Comparative Criminal Justice Systems4
LAJ 459Current Issues4
LAJ 460Terrorism4
LAJ 470Victimology4
LAJ Elective Courses28
Total Credits Required60


All courses may be offered either on-campus or online.
Law and Justice Core Total Credits: 32
LAJ Electives Credits: 28
— Select seven (7) upper-division CWU LAJ courses (other than 490, 492, 495, or 496).