The Criminal Justice program at Bellevue College is an interdisciplinary social science approach involving the study of crime and societal responses to it. The program of study offered through the Criminal Justice program provides students with knowledge of the components of criminal justice system (i.e., law enforcement, court systems, corrections) and stages within the criminal justice process. The curriculum includes coursework in: criminal justice and criminology; law enforcement and criminal justice ethics; criminal and constitutional law; and written, verbal, non-verbal and intercultural communications. The department offers a variety of criminal justice courses to prepare students either for immediate employment or for transfer to a university bachelor’s degree. Past Bellevue College graduates are currently employed in the Washington State Patrol and municipal and county law enforcement agencies throughout the Northwest, as well as federal agencies and in law practice, corrections, private investigations, security and social service agencies.

https://www.criminaljustice.com/online-degrees/washington/ (scroll to bottom of webpage for scholarship information)

Criminal Justice, AAS-T

The AAS-T degree in Criminal Justice is to prepare students for a wide range positions within the Criminal Justice field. While the general education courses in this degree will transfer to state baccalaureate institutions within Washington, some additional classes may be required at the baccalaureate institutions. The Criminal Justice program at Bellevue College does not require background checks or drug screening before entering the program.  However, prospective students should realize that for volunteer positions, field trips, or entry into other baccalaureate programs, background checks and/or drug screening may be required by state and federal law. For more information visit: www.privacyrights.org

Degree Requirements:

Students must complete a minimum of 90 quarter credits in courses numbered 100 or above with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in order to graduate from Bellevue College with an AAS-T Criminal Justice degree. Credits must satisfy course requirements listed at Criminal Justice AAS-T Degree. A minimum of 30 credits of the applied 90 credits must be completed at Bellevue College.

Note: Although this degree will be granted to Bellevue College students completing a 2.0 GPA, entry into a baccalaureate program at a college or university may require a higher GPA for admission. Admission is competitive and not guaranteed; it is important to perform your best in all Bellevue College classes. Seeking an advisor/counselor early in your studies is highly recommended.

Concentration In Criminal Justice

In addition to the AAS-T degree, students may elect to earn a CONCENTRATION IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE by successfully completing 20 credits (four 5-credit classes) out of the following criminal justice core courses:

  1. Introduction to Criminal Justice CJ&101
  2. American Corrections System CJ&105
  3. Juvenile Justice CJ& 106
  4. Criminal Law CJ& 110
  5. Criminology CJ& 112
  6. Ethics in Criminal Justice (CJ 248/PHIL 248)


When you are nearing graduation, complete a Graduation Application form and submit it to the graduation office electronically.  Note: You will need to complete TWO SEPARATE Graduation Applications – one for your degree and one for your Academic Concentration. Please Note: Concentrations must be awarded in the same quarter as your Arts and Sciences DTA. Concentrations cannot be awarded later if the Arts and Sciences DTA was officially awarded in a previous quarter.

Prior College/University Credits

For credits from other institutions, meet with the program advisor for an initial unofficial transcript review.  For an official review, submit the Transfer Credit Evaluation Request form and an official transcript(s) in the prior institution(s) sealed envelope to Evaluations once registered for your first quarter of classes at Bellevue College.

For more information about advising and the CJ program, please visit Social Science Division or contact Charlene Freyberg, CJ Program Chair, at charlene.freyberg@bellevuecollege.edu or 425-564-2698.

Please Note:  Our program webpages undergo frequent updates & revisions, but contact us if you see any errors or have any questions.

Website manager is Charlene Freyberg.