Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice is an exciting field of study.
Stephanie Breach, Faculty


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.


Program Mission Statement: The mission of the Criminal Justice Department is to provide students a knowledge of the criminal justice system, create inspirational and professional leadership through classroom guidance and real world opportunities, dispel myths, broaden perspectives, produce educated, well rounded, criminal justice professionals, and informed members of the community.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the major components of the criminal justices system, theoretical perspectives of crime causation, empirical findings, and historical trends in criminal justice
  • Understand basic research methods in criminal justice, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation of crime data
  • Respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and the scientific approach to solve problems related to criminal behavior and mental processes
  • Understand and apply psychological and sociological principles to personal, social, and legal issues
  • Weigh evidence, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of the law and criminal justice as a discipline


Criminal Justice Club provides an opportunity for learners to obtain a wider understanding of the criminal justice system. We regularly hold discussions and invite guest speakers, explore careers regarding criminal justice, take field... more

Additional Opportunities

In addition to learning in the classroom, the criminal justice program provides students with opportunities such as:

  • Presentations by Guest Speakers
  • Networking with Community Agencies
  • Participation in Annual Social and Human Relations Department Symposium
  • Criminal Justice Club
  • Service Learning
  • Internship

Respectful Community

The College of Western Idaho is committed to maintaining a Respectful Community by providing equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate in services, benefits, or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status, age, or any other legally protected status.  More on Title IX

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Criminal Justice, Associate of Arts



Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Hybrid, Online, Degree Fully Online

Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Spring 2017 Summer 2017 Fall 2017
Registration Open November 14 April 10 April 10
Financial Aid Priority Date December 5 May 15 July 10
Admission Deadline December 30 May 19 August 4
Last Day to Register January 13 June 2 August 18
Tuition and Fees Due January 13 June 2 August 18
Classes Begin January 17* June 5* August 21
*Some classes begin before or after this date. See the class schedule for more information.


Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.

Start taking your math and science classes early on, do not wait until your second year at CWI.

CRIJ Class offerings by semester:

  • CRIJ 199:  VARIES
  • CRIJ 201:  FALL
  • CRIJ 205:  SPRING
  • CRIJ 220:  FALL
  • CRIJ 270:  SPRING

PHYE 155 may be taken instead of two PHYA activities courses.  This change would result in 1 less elective credit needed.

Connecting With Ideas

Connecting With Ideas (CWID 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWID 101 themes


Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.

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.

Financial Aid Available

Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.

Career Info

Consider visiting and click on the Careers tab, you can search the careers for which a degree in Criminal Justice is appropriate.   

As you explore the website, take the time to email CWI’s One Stop Student Services at [email protected] to learn the access code that will allow you to complete Assessments of your interests, personality, values, and skills.  This process will help you recognize some of the careers in the world of work that would be a good match for you as well as learn the educational path that will lead you to those careers.

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).


  • Law Enforcement
  • Police Officer


Nampa Campus Academic Building

5500 E. Opportunity Dr. Nampa, ID 83687

Ada County Campus Pintail Center

1360 S. Eagle Flight Way, Boise, ID 83709

Canyon County Center

2407 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, ID 83651

Nampa Campus Aspen Classroom Building

6002 Birch Lane, Nampa, ID 83687


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News and Blogs

On Dec. 14, students from CWI’s Criminal Justice Club and Law Enforcement program wrapped and delivered presents to a local family.

Seen here is (left to right) McKenzie Wood, Gianluca Peri, Dr. Greg Hampikian, Charles Fain, and Stephanie Breach.

Over 150 guests were in attendance for a special presentation by Executive Director of the Idaho Innocence Project, Dr. Greg Hampikian.

Dr. Greg Hampikian will visit CWI on Oct. 19 to present on the use of forensic DNA to exonerate innocent people on death row.

On Dec. 5, students from the Law Enforcement Program and Criminal Justice Club spent the morning at a local Kmart wrapping presents for children.

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