The CJ Program at Wichita State is one of the oldest in the U.S. Founded by renowned police chief O.W. Wilson in 1937, only one other active criminal justice department has a longer history.
The CJ program is part of the School of Community Affairs, in the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Wichita State University.
The program's mission is to educate entry-level and in-service practitioners who work in a variety of settings. The educational program, through academic course work, requires each student to assimilate knowledge, acquire skills, and develop professional judgment and behaviors appropriate for wise and ethical practice. Program faculty have the responsibility to graduate full competent, skilled practitioners while remaining sensitive and responsive to the educational needs of each student.