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Criminal Justice is an exciting field of study. Students do more than just learn about the criminal justice system, they gain critical thinking and problem solving skills they can apply to the real world situations. Students are given opportunities to engage with the criminal justice system through courses, internships, and the criminal justice club.

- Stephanie Breach, Program Head

Program Overview

The study of criminal behavior and law enforcement is more sophisticated than ever before—and at College of Western Idaho (CWI) we are preparing many students to start a career in this exciting field. In our Criminal Justice program, you will discover and appreciate complex issues in legal studies, sociology, political science, psychology, arrest, and search and seizure. Our goal is to prepare you to pursue a career in local, state, and federal law enforcement, court administration, victim services, and corrections.

Additional Educational Opportunities at CWI

  • The Criminal Justice Club, which is a career and service oriented club, is open to all CWI students
  • Criminal Justice Internship (CRIJ 293) 



Course Descriptions

  • CRIJ 101 – Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CRIJ 102 – Introduction to Police
  • CRIJ 103 – Introduction to Law and Justice
  • CRIJ 204 – Introduction to Corrections
  • CRIJ 201 – Community Based Corrections
  • CRIJ 205 – Constitutional Rights of Inmates
  • CRIJ 220 – Evaluation and Treatment of Offenders

Degree Plan

Advising Information

For advising in Criminal Justice, please contact Stephanie Breach - stephaniebreach@cwidaho.cc.   To request Stephanie as your advisor, please complete the “Request for Program Advisor Change” at the bottom of the Advisor Change From and return it to the One Stop

University Transfer

Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with your CWI advisor and with representatives of your intended transfer school. Learn more about the articulation agreements CWI has with other institutions.

Instructor Info

Stephanie R. Breach – Faculty, Program Head, Criminal Justice Club Advisor, Internship Coordinator

Adjunct Faculty

Shane Evans    
Marianne Hudson      
Molly Huskey  
Jim Murphy 
Jackee Rohrback             
Nicole Shafer    
Chris Topmiller        

Career Info

There are many careers available in the criminal justice field.   Different agencies require different educational levels.  Many law enforcement agencies require a minimum of 64 college credits (associate degree). 

A sample of careers include:  law enforcement (city, county, state, federal), correctional officer, probation/parole officer, pre-sentence investigator, victim-witness coordinator, juvenile correctional officer, juvenile probation officer. 

Many students will chose to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete their bachelor’s degree.  This will make them more competitive in this popular field.