May 22, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Law and Justice Department

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College of the Sciences
Farrell Hall, room 309
CWU-Des Moines (D)
CWU-Lynnwood (L)
CWU-Pierce (P)
Mail Stop 7580
See website for how these programs may be used for educational and career purposes.

Faculty and Staff

Cody Stoddard, PhD

Teresa Francis Divine, JD, LLM, criminal law, correctional law
Rodrigo Murataya, PhD, criminal investigation, police-community relations, police personnel administration
Krystal Noga-Styron, JD, criminal law, crime and the media
Charles Reasons, PhD, LLB, criminology, criminal justice, law, comparative justice

Associate Professors
Roger Schaefer, PhD, corrections, research methods, criminal justice policy
Cody Stoddard, PhD, courts and law, decision making, policing, criminal justice theory, and quantitative method

Assistant Professors
Veronica Cano, PhD, research methods, community and social justice, juvenile justice
Sara Toto, PhD, corrections, victimization, and quantitative methods

Senior Lecturers
Saul Chacon, MA, corrections, policing
R. Shaffer Claridge, JD, civil practice, courts and trails, legal writing, legal research
Robert Moore, MA, corrections, correctional counseling

Christina Henderson, criminal justice system, community and social justice, juvenile justice

Megan Dickinson, secretary supervisor

Department Standards
Admission to the major and to the minor

  • Grade requirement: overall grade point average of 2.25 or higher. The department chair may admit a limited number of students with grade point averages below 2.25 under extenuating circumstances.
  • Students applying to the major must submit a major application form.
  • The law and justice department reserves the right to modify these requirements in special cases or as the needs of the department change.

Exit Requirements
A minimum grade of C- must be earned in all courses used to fulfill the requirements of the major and of the minor.

(NOTE: for all 400-level LAJ courses, student must have completed either a DTA or ENG 101 and 102, MATH 101 or 153 or 154 or 164 or 170 or 172, MATH 102 or MATH 130 or PHIL 201 or CS 105 (basic skills in these categories.) 

Program Outcomes
For information on program outcomes, please go to:

Course Offerings
Frequency of course offering information can be found at the department website: or by contacting the department directly.


    Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)Minor


      Law and Justice (LAJ)

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