Criminal Justice

Offered as a major (B.S.)

Working to protect society.

A criminal justice major lays a foundation for understanding contemporary criminal justice theory and practice.

You will develop the knowledge, values, and ethical consciousness that are essential to careers in public law enforcement and corrections agencies, or pursuing graduate study in law, judicial administration, and other professions.

The Curriculum

This major offers broad foundational courses drawing upon sociology, political science, psychology, management, public policy, criminology, and law. The curriculum integrates the relevant multidisciplinary theory to provide a foundation for understanding contemporary criminal justice theory and practice.


The Professors


Your Future

Through a combination of course work, internships and special research projects, graduates are prepared to enter a wide variety of vocations including public law enforcement and corrections agencies or to pursue graduate study in law, judicial administration, and other professions.

Graduate Schools

  • San Diego State University 
  • Kapella University
  • California Western School of Law
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • Pepperdine Law School
  • Indiana University
  • University of Denver
  • George Mason University

Employers

  • FBI Cyber Division
  • Los Angeles Police Department
  • Department of Public Safety
  • Oxnard Police Department
  • San Diego Police Department
  • Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department
  • United States Customs
  • Ventura County Probation Agency

Career Paths

  • Highway Patrol Officer
  • Correctional Counselor
  • Crime Analyst
  • Parole and Probation Officer
  • Criminal Investigator
  • Park Ranger
  • Customs Inspector
  • Probation Officer
95%
of our students are either enrolled in graduate programs or working in their chosen career within nine months of graduation.

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