Eric Peterson

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

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Eric Peterson

Professor Eric Peterson is passionate about bringing together advanced knowledge with practical application, and it’s the marriage of these two arms of Criminal Justice that make OKWU’s program unique. He served for more than 20 years with the Bartlesville Police Department and took on a variety of roles within the department, including firearms instructor, special operations, and training officer. After leaving his role as an active duty police officer, Peterson designed the OKWU curriculum from the ground up, with an emphasis on giving his students the best practical teaching in the area.

He received his B.S. in Business Administration from Oklahoma Wesleyan, as well as his M.B.A. from Southern Nazarene University. Peterson received his master’s in philosophy from Walden University and is currently pursuing his doctorate there.

“What makes the OKWU experience special is that it’s a smaller school. This promotes, facilitates, and develops a close-knit community within the student body. The smaller class sizes provide meaningful relationships between the faculty and the students. We genuinely care for our students, and we’re here for you throughout your time at OKWU.”


Introduction to Criminal Justice


Introduction to Criminal Courts

Criminal Procedure

Criminal Law

Ethics in Criminal Justice

Juvenile Justice and Procedure

Organizational Behavior in Criminal Justice

Security Management and Asset Protection

Law Enforcement Structure and Process

Civil Liability


Terrorism and Homeland Security

Crime Scene Investigations

Criminal Investigations

Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice


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