Criminal Justice Degree Programs


Now available on Campus, in Amarillo and Online
Are you looking to serve justice and better your community? For stable employment with great benefits and retirement? A degree in Criminal Justice is the first step to attaining your goal. The Criminal Justice Program at West Texas A&M University offers a number of courses online, and the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration degree can be completed entirely online.

The Criminal Justice Program strives to produce graduates who understand crime and criminal justice policy, law, and the science of Criminal Justice while learning to embody the highest academic, professional, and ethical standards in both their academic work and chosen profession.

Students are given the opportunity to become great candidates to enter the field or promote in their profession.


Many graduates from our program who have pursued the Criminal Justice Administration degree have never set foot on campus at WT, at least until graduation. The majority of our online courses are fairly self-paced and can be completed at non-traditional times convenient to you.

We also offer a policing and corrections track in Criminal Justice with a blend of on-campus and online courses, so if you are looking for a more traditional college experience, we offer that as well. A 2018 survey of online students found that most students selected this program because of the affordability, flexibility, and the opportunity to obtain a degree from the A&M System.


Nothing should stand in the way of you and your degree in criminal justice. This includes the financial cost. In 2020, we ranked No. 10 in the nation by Value Colleges for most affordable online Criminal Justice Degree among regionally accredited programs with an established reputation for quality and return on investment. We ranked No. 2 by College Choice for Most Affordable Online Degree. We also ranked in the Top 35 criminal justice online degrees by Affordable Schools in 2019. When asked why most of our students chose our program, affordability is always the number one reason.


The Criminal Justice Program ranked in the Top 10 Programs based on quality and affordability by in 2021.

The Online Criminal Justice Administration degree ranked #1 by Best College Reviews in 2021. According to the Best College Reviews, "Rated #1 on this list for the impressive combination of low tuition costs and its #10 ranking for all online Bachelor’s degrees by the U.S News and World Report."

The Criminal Justice Online Degree was named one of the Best Online Programs by the U.S. News and World Report in 2021.

The Criminal Justice Online Degree was named one of the Best Online Programs by the U.S. News and World Report for Veterans in 2021.

The Criminal Justice Online Corrections Degree was ranked No. 2 in the nation by Best Colleges in 2020.

The Criminal Justice Online Degree was named one of the Best Online Programs by the U.S. News and World Report in 2018.

Major in Criminal Justice (Degree Plans & Checklists)

You may choose between a Bachelor of Science that includes additional math or science classes or a Bachelor of Arts that includes foreign language and art requirements.

Learning Possibilities

What constitutional rights do citizens in the United States have?

How does a police officer legally search a home or vehicle?

What is probable cause to arrest or search someone?

What is reasonable suspicion in order to stop or frisk someone?

When do officers have to give someone a Miranda warning?

Why do some officers engage in misconduct?

How should the United States approach reforming policing?

How does an officer investigate and process a crime scene?

What is the study of Criminology?

Why do some people commit crimes?

Is the crime rate increasing or decreasing in the United States?

How do we rehabilitate and reform offenders?

Why is the incarceration rate so high in the United States?

What are prisons like in the United States?

Why do so many people recidivate or return to prison once released?

What part do probation and parole play in the Criminal Justice System?


Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice
Old Main 414
WTAMU Box 60768 | Canyon, Texas 79016 
(806) 651- 2909
Dr. Brandon Bang
Criminal Justice Program Director
Old Main 408D