WSU's School of Community Affairs, created in 1999, brings together the departments of criminal justice, forensic science, and ethnic studies to form a unique and diverse curriculum to better serve the needs of students who will work in an ever-changing urban and global community. Additionally, the Midwest Criminal Justice Institute and the Regional Community Policing Training Institute provide opportunities to blend teaching, research, and service. As a result, the School of Community Affairs not only serves as a quality educational unit for students, but also functions as a research and service unit that assists with a broader range of needs identified in the community.
The School of Community Affairs seeks to integrate academic and professional disciplines to enhance effective citizenship and contribute to the civic development of the community. The faculty and staff in the disciplines of Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, and Ethnic Studies provide within the Regents System, a unique combination of teaching, research, and service-oriented resources.
Through its interdisciplinary teaching, research, and service activities, the School seeks to further the exchange of knowledge and skills between the community and the University. The School of Community Affairs is committed to the enhancement of basic and applied scholarship and public service to meet the challenges of a constantly changing local, regional, and world community.