Quality Indicators

Our Mission

The Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies offers degree programs to prepare students for productive careers in law enforcement, corrections, courts, security administration and legal assistance. The program is designed to serve both local and distance learning students through web-based and other formats and is intended to produce knowledgeable students who possess analytical and technical skills to compete in today’s job market.

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS)

In September 2007, Washburn University's MCJ Program became the first graduate program in the country to be certified under the new Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) National Certification Standards and in 2017 the MCJ program passed re-certification as well. ACJS will hold an award ceremony at this year’s conference in New Orleans February 17, 2018. Click here to see our ACJS Certification.

Advisory Boards provide significant guidance to  the Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies in its efforts to fulfill its mission. The Advisory Boards consist of professionals in the Topeka and surrounding areas who represent the careers available to students who have met our learning outcomes.

Criminal Justice Advisory Board Members

Legal Studies Advisory Board Members

Criminal Justice- Degree/Programs Assessment Plan

  • Corrections
  • Forensic Investigations
  • Law Enforcement
  • Security Administration
Date Prepared: 4/13/2018


We value academic quality throughout our criminal justice programs.

  • We value the integration of theory, practice, and academic rigor in our curriculum.
  • We value enthusiastic, sincere, and abiding service to others.
  • We value personal responsibility for our individual actions.
  • We value flexibility, adaptability, and creative thinking.
  • We value the opportunity to mentor, encourage, and help each student fulfill his or her talents and abilities.
  • We value diversity in all that we do.

Student Learning Outcomes: Criminal Justice Program

Criminal Justice students at Washburn University, upon graduation, are expected to:

  • Analyze the nature of crime and justice in the United States and other countries;
  • Evaluate the police, courts, and corrections systems in America;
  • Integrate the conceptual and theoretical frameworks that form the study of criminal justice;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in oral and written communication skills;
  • Integrate academic learning with field-based education by completing an internship;
  • Evaluate criminal justice research critically and systematically.

Student Learning Outcomes: Legal Studies Program

Legal Studies students at Washburn University, upon graduation, are expected to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in legal research and writing;
  • Apply general communication and interpersonal skills in a legal setting;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in interviewing and investigation;
  • Explain and describe the organization and operation of the legal system;
  • Analyze and interpret orally legal ethical obligations;
  • Explain and apply litigation procedures and legal terminology

Statement of Non-Discrimination

It is the policy of Washburn University to assure equal educational and employment opportunity to qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sex, marital or parental status, sexual orientation or gender identity.

GET IN TOUCH WITH Criminal Justice & Legal Studies

Criminal Justice & Legal Studies
Benton Hall, Room 201
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Ph: 785.670.1411

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