Advising

Advisors

College of Liberal Arts Advisor

WSU Core and College Advising

Dr. Forest Wortham


Crime & Justice Studies Open Advisor

Carin Benning


Crime & Justice Studies Faculty Advisors

Major/Minor Advising for Students with last names starting with A-E
Dr. Enamul Choudhury

Major/Minor Advising for Students with last names starting with F-L
Dr. Sean Wilson

Major/Minor Advising for Students with last names starting with M-R and Degree Grad Checks
Dr. Michael Norris

Major/Minor Advising for Students with last names starting with S-Z and Degree Grad Checks
Dr. Jack Dustin

Tips for Majors

Tips for Successful Completion of the Crime and Justice Studies (CJS) Major Program

  1. Meet with your CJS advisor regularly. Advisors can help prevent you from taking unnecessary courses and make sure that the courses you have taken are counted in ways that best facilitate your progression towards graduation. They will also direct you to important University resources. They are here to help make sure you make the most of your WSU experience. Call us as (937) 775-2582 for information about scheduling an appointment.
  2. Our curriculum offers a strong foundation of core CJS courses while at the same time allowing the opportunity for great flexibility and specialization within the program. Therefore, you will typically have two or more course choices that can be used to fulfill each of our program requirements. These choices are specified on the checksheet. For example, you can take the required methodology class in the CJS Core through the Urban Affairs & Geography Department (URS 4980) or the Sociology Department (SOC 3410).
  3. Not all courses are offered every semester. It is therefore a good idea to get critical courses (e.g. your CJS Core courses) completed before your senior year.
  4. The methodology course options (SOC 3410 or URS 4980) in the CJS core each require a prerequisite (SOC 3400 or PLS 2100). This prerequisite is counted as your CoLA Quantitative Thinking requirement. Be sure to take this sequence in order (i.e., taking the prerequisite before taking the methodology course in the major). The first prerequisite choice, SOC 3400 counts as the prerequisite for either of the methodology course options—the other prerequisite choice, PLS2100 fulfills the prerequisite for URS 4980 only.
  5. Do not wait too long to take your COLA language requirement. The courses are sequenced and the sequence begins in the fall. So, if you get off track, it can be difficult to complete! Please note: For those interested in Spanish, Spanish 2110 and 2120 – Spanish for Law Enforcement Personnel, are targeted for CJS majors and will substitute for the final two courses in the Spanish sequence (SPN 2010 and 2020). SPN 2110 will be offered fall semester only; SPN 2120 will be offered spring semester.
  6. An internship in a criminal-justice related occupation is part of our core requirements. We generally recommend that students have completed a minimum of 15 hours in the major before taking the internship. Internships much be secured through one of our three core department (PLS, SOC, or URS) and students must begin the scheduling process at least one term in advance. Detailed information about this process can be found on our Internships page

    NOTE: Background checks, drug/alcohol screenings will typically be required for placement. Given how strictly agencies screen applicants, if you have a previous record or dependency, discuss this with you advisor so that alternate arrangements can be made.
     
  7. In the semester prior to your graduation date (e.g. fall semester for a spring graduation), you need to make an appointment to meet with the program director or the assistant program director to conduct a graduation check and exit interview; call (937) 775-2582 to set up an appointment. At this time, you will be given a graduation check form. You also need to make an appointment with the College of Liberal Arts Advisor, (937) 775-2601 who will remove the hold so you can electronically register for graduation.
  8. Portfolio Requirement – As part of our internal program assessment we ask that you turn in copies of your term papers from three of your five CJS classes to the department before you graduate (SOC 3410/URS4980 should be one of these three). We will keep these on file and verify completion of this requirement during the graduation check
  9. Group Email Listing: As a student in this program, you are automatically added to our internal group email listing. The Program Director, through the Administrative Support Coordinator, sends emails about course listings each semester, class availability, internship information and job postings. As a new student you will receive several WSU emails, so be sure to check your wright state email regularly so you do not miss any important information. These will be sent to you by mary.zurawka@wright.edu. Please call if you have specific questions, (937) 775-2582.

Tips for Minors

Tips for Successful Completion of the Crime and Justice Studies (CJS) Minor Program

  1. Meet with your faculty advisor regularly. Advisors can help prevent you from taking unnecessary courses and make sure that the courses you have taken are counted in ways that best facilitate your progression towards graduation. They will also direct you to important University resources. They are here to help make sure you make the most of your WSU experience. Call us as (937) 775-2582 for information about scheduling an appointment.
  2. Our curriculum offers a strong foundation of core criminal justice courses while at the same time allowing the opportunity for great flexibility and specialization within the program. Therefore, you will typically have two or more course choices that can be used to fulfill each of our program requirements. These choices are specified on the checksheet.
  3. Not all courses are offered every semester. It is therefore a good idea to get critical courses (e.g. most of your core courses) completed before your senior year.
  4. In the semester prior to your graduation date (e.g. fall semester for a spring graduation), you need to make an appointment to meet with the program director or the assistant program director to conduct a graduation check and exit interview. At this meeting, you will be given a graduation check form that will allow you to register for graduation through the registrar’s office. You also need to make an appointment with the College of Liberal Arts Advisor, (937) 775-2601 who will remove the hold so you can electronically register for graduation.
  5. Group Email Listing: As a student in this program, you are automatically added to our internal group email listing. The Program Director, through the Administrative Support Coordinator, sends emails about course listings each semester, class availability, internship information and job postings. As a new student you will receive several WSU emails, so be sure to check your wright state email regularly so you do not miss any important information. These will be sent to you by: mary.zurawka@wright.edu. Please call if you have specific questions, (937) 775-2582.