Criminal Justice Department Celebrating 50 Years

The criminal justice and legal studies degree programs at Washburn University prepare students to pursue advanced educational opportunities and to obtain productive careers in law enforcement, corrections, security administration, forensics and the law. The programs are designed to produce knowledgeable students who possess the necessary theoretical, practical and critical thinking skills to compete in today’s job market. Faculty bring practical and academic experience to the classroom and are committed to excellence in teaching. Diversity is valued in the criminal justice and legal studies degree programs, and faculty are dedicated to producing ethical graduates who are prepared to succeed in their chosen profession.

Consider giving a gift to celebrate the criminal justice department being at Washburn University for 50 years. You can support the scholarship fund, department fund, travel abroad fund or the Rick Rescorla Homeland Lecture Series. Your gift will help ensure the department continues its mission well into the future.

The department has the following degrees:

  • Bachelor’s in criminal justice with areas of concentration in:
    1. Law enforcement
    2. Corrections
    3. Security administration
    4. Forensic investigation
  • Associate’s degree in criminal justice
  • Minor in military studies and homeland security
  • Master’s in criminal justice
  • Bachelor’s degree in legal studies
  • Associate’s degree in legal studies

Over the past 50 years, the department has continued to find ways to create pathways for students to successfully reach their professional goals. Some of the resulting program opportunities for students have been the fast track program allowing a student to complete their bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in criminal justice in just five years, and the dual degree MCJ/JD program allowing master’s students to also earn a law degree, with some shared credits.  

The department also continues to find innovative ways to bring hands-on learning opportunities to our students. Recently, they added a MILO Simulation lab to provide training to students and community partners regarding use-of-force scenarios. They also gained a new space to use as a criminal justice lab for setting up mock crime scenes, conducting searches, taking crime scene photographs and collecting and processing evidence. 

The department has continued relationships with universities in Scotland and Belgium. They have participated in study abroad experiences for years and are looking forward to getting students back out exploring and taking in new cultural and educational experiences soon. 

In an effort to further strengthen the military studies and homeland security minor offered through Washburn University, a lecture series has been created. The Rick Rescorla Homeland Security Lecture Series is in honor of the director of security for the financial services firm Morgan Stanley at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. After seeing an airplane hit the north tower, Rick Rescorla is responsible for anticipating attacks on the south tower and evacuating thousands of people. He died that day after going back in the building to lead others out of the south tower. The next lecture series will feature a top expert on homeland security for students, faculty and the community to learn from the discussion. It will allow for the opportunity to experience robust, respectful and intellectually honest discussions to promote understanding of a wide range of political and national security issues. 


The department is offering an opportunity open to the public in honor of celebrating 50 years at Washburn University:

- April 14, 2022, at 12 PM Rick Rescorla Homeland Security Lecture Series through Zoom

  • Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Jen Easterly 
  • As Director, Easterly leads CISA’s efforts to understand, manage, and reduce risk to the cyber and physical infrastructure Americans rely on every day. Before serving in her current role, Easterly was the head of Firm Resilience at Morgan Stanley, responsible for ensuring preparedness and response to business-disrupting operational incidents and risks. She has also served as the deputy for counterterrorism at the National Security Agency. 


Zoom Webinar: https://washburn.zoom.us/j/99094551031?pwd=NTY0VHZIYXppOGQ4dnJ2NVhndEpvUT09

Webinar ID: 990 9455 1031

Passcode: 896163

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