Department of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies & Social Work

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    Child Abuse: Education, Prevention and Investigation

    April 20 & 21, 2016 – Interdisciplinary conference for educators, law enforcement, nurses, social workers, lawyers, juvenile officers, and related professions.

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    Forensics

    Three intensive courses offered for graduate, undergraduate or noncredit:
    • Techniques of Facial Reconstruction – January 11-16, 2016
    • Basic Forensic Pathology – March 14-19, 2016
    • Shooting Reconstruction – June 6-11, 2016

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    Legal Studies Program

    • Proud to be ABA Approved since 1986

    • Only ABA Approved program at a public institution in the State of Missouri

    • Four degree options: BS-CJ: Legal Studies, AS in Legal Assistant, Legal Assistant Certificate, Legal Studies Minor

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    Law Enforcement Academy

    Gain the skills and training needed to be a law enforcement professional.

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    Social Work Program

    Are you passionate about helping others? Earn the education to make a difference through the Missouri Western Social Work Program!

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CJ/LS/SWK Home

The Department of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies and Social Work offers students the option of studying in three separate degree programs: Criminal Justice, Legal Studies and Social Work.

Students interested in the area of law enforcement, corrections, juvenile delinquency and criminal justice administration may pursue one of two degree options available in the Criminal Justice Program: (1) An associate of science degree with a major in criminal justice or (2) A bachelor of science degree with a major in criminal justice with an emphasis in administration, law enforcement, juvenile delinquency, corrections, or legal studies.

Students interested in working in the legal profession may major in the legal assistant program. Missouri Western's Legal Assistant Program is a voting member of the American Association for Paralegal Education. In addition, the program is approved by the American Bar Association. In the program, Students may pursue a course of study leading to an associate of science degree with a major in Legal Assistant, a certificate or a B.S. Degree in Criminal justice with a concentration in legal studies.

Social work is a profession for those with a strong desire to work with people. Social workers assist individuals, families, groups, organizations or communities to enhance, or restore, their capacity for social functioning and work to create the societal, conditions necessary for people to flourish. Social workers are employed in both public and private human service agencies as well as private corporations and often work directly with people by linking them with needed resources, providing counseling, and / or advocating for needed services. Social workers also work behind the scenes by developing needed human service programs or by shaping the social welfare policies that guide human services.
The Department also offers a Graduate Certificate and a Masters of Applied Science in Forensic Investigations. The Certificate and M.A.S. are designed to provide individuals the opportunity to receive instructions from eminent forensic scientists and other distinguished professionals as well as department faculty. Several forensic investigation courses and degrees are of particular interest to professionals and students interested in a career in crime scene investigation. Several select hands-on courses are taught in conjunction with the Southern Institute of Forensic Science.

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    Forensic Investigation

    Missouri Western State University offers a Certificate and a Masters of Applied Science in Forensic Investigations. The Certificate and Masters degree are designed to […]

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    Law Enforcment Academy

    Gain the skills and training needed to be a law enforcement professional.

  • Dr. Tushaus and students in Washington D.C.
    Legal Studies

    • Proud to be ABA Approved since 1986 • Only ABA Approved program at a public institution in the State of Missouri • Four […]

  • social work students in class
    Social Work Program

    Are you passionate about helping others? Earn the education to make a difference through the Missouri Western Social Work Program!


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