Bachelor of Science
Criminology & Criminal Justice
Students who major in criminology and criminal justice will be able to develop the knowledge, values, and ethical consciousness required of individuals who wish to work in the legal field, social service profession, and criminal justice field.
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About the Program
Today’s careers in criminology and criminal justice seek employees who have a greater understanding of human behavior and social institutions. They also seek employees who have a thorough understanding of the criminal justice system, causes of criminal behavior, and crime’s impact on society.
Classes are scheduled year-round. Four, 11-week terms enable you to accelerate the progress toward your degree without compromising traditional Cal Lutheran standards of excellence.
- Most classes meet one night a week, Monday – Thursday
- Classes are from 6 – 9:30pm
- Four 11-week terms year-round
- Campus locations in Thousand Oaks and Oxnard
Academic counselors, faculty and staff are here throughout the program to answer your questions and help solve problems along the way.
Transfer Course Work
You may have already started down the path toward your bachelor's. We'll help you figure out which courses you can apply to your degree.
- Transfer up to 70 credits from community college
- Transfer up to 40 military credits
- Upper and lower division credits from a four-year college are also accepted
Students in this major will learn to think critically, communicate clearly, and find ethical solutions to complex problems, which are essential skills to be successful in today’s job market in the area of criminology and criminal justice.
Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies will learn to:
- Define the scope and purpose of criminology and criminal justice
- Understand major theories, perspectives, principles, and concepts
- Create and share new knowledge and ideas based on existing theories and concepts
- Use research methods to critically analyze criminology and criminal justice-based issues
- Apply criminology and criminal justice knowledge to real-world situations
- Articulate and recognize individual and cultural differences in the field
42 credits minimum; 24 upper division. 2.0 minimum GPA. Criminology & Criminal Justice majors are required to complete field interviews for course assignments or earn credits through an internship in a criminal justice agency or related area.
CRIM 101 (4) Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRIM 276 (4) Criminal and Procedural Law
CRIM 335 (4) Criminology
CRIM 412 (4) Methods of Research and Statistics
CRIM 460 (4) Senior Seminar: Criminal Justice Philosophy and Practice
CRIM 492 (2-4) Internship or CRIM 482 (2) Selected Topic
Five Courses Required
CRIM 320 (4) Critical Issues in Policing
CRIM 330 (4) Contemporary Corrections
CRIM 340 (4) Violence & Victimization
CRIM 341 (4) Criminal Psychology
CRIM 365 (4) Comparative Justice Systems
CRIM 410 (4) Substance Abuse
CRIM 430 (4) Gender, Race, Ethnicity, & Crime
CRIM 440 (4) Terrorism
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