Criminal Justice

Learn from Leaders

All Criminal Justice faculty members are either former or current law enforcement professionals. Students learn about the world of criminal justice, and are guided by those who are working in the field. This practical experience enhances the learning process, enabling students to pursue employment or transfer to a four year college or university.

An advisory board of working professionals, from street level to command level officers, meets regularly to make sure the program reflects the needs of our changing society.

Credit for Experience

Are you already working in the the criminal justice field and looking to advance in your career? Are you a veteran with applicable military experience? After review by faculty, you may be eligible to receive academic credit for the skills you gained on the job.

Two Degrees & One Certificate

Depending on their goals, students can choose from two degrees and one certificate:

  • Transfer
    • Students looking to go on to a four-year college or university should consider the 90-credit Associate in Arts transfer degree. It prepares graduates for baccalaureate degree programs in Law and Criminal Justice and aligns with the requirements of four-year institutions in Washington and many others.
  • Employment
    • Students interested in more quickly moving to a job should consider the 90-credit Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences degree. It helps prepare graduates for a broad spectrum of jobs, including law enforcement at the municipal, county, state or federal levels, juvenile and adult correction facilities, private and corporate security/investigation firms.
  • Child Advocacy (CAST)
    • Completely online, the short-term 15-credit, Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) certificate is a joint effort by the federal government and higher education to break the cycle of violence in our communities and eliminate child abuse. Shoreline is one of only three community colleges in the nation offering this innovative program.
Degree Options

  • Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (Available via 100% online classes)
  • Associate in Applied Arts & Sciences


Shoreline graduates have been employed in the following capacities:

  • Washington State Patrol
  • Municipal and county law enforcement
  • Federal agencies
  • Private security
  • Private investigations
  • Corrections
On Campus and Online

Students have the option of completing either of the two criminal justice degrees through on-campus classes, online classes, or a combination of on-campus and online classes.

Online classes are perfect for those who want the convenience of online learning, proven quality, and great value. All online students can receive support from Shoreline's eLearning Services department. On-campus classes are great for those looking for a more personal setting with small classes and individual attention. The Child Advocacy Studies Training certificate is available 100% online.

Contact Us

Program Advisor
Linda Forst


Academic Advisor
Audrey Fischer





Monday - Thursday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Fall (recommended), Winter, Spring

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