Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Arts

About the Major

The criminal justice major is designed to encourage thoughtful exploration of the ways that criminal justice systems provide justice, or fail to do so. You'll learn the criminal justice system from a social justice policy perspective, taking into account the impact of the criminal justice system on individuals, groups, and organizations in society.

Sample Course

  • Crime, Law, and Justice 
  • Law in Society
  • Criminal Justice and Social Control
  • Juvenile Justice

Career Options

Our criminal justice major is a great option if you are interested in working in law, law enforcement, probation and parole, corrections, or other social service agencies. The degree is great preparation for law school or graduate school in either criminal justice or a related field.

  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Child Advocates of Silicon Valley
  • Moody's Corporation

Transferable Skills

  • Analytical and critical thinking abilities
  • Research experience
  • Extensive technical and analytical writing abilities
  • Rhetorical skills
  • Making projections
  • Thinking logically
  • Comparing and contrasting ideas and information
  • Didactic skills
  • Oratory skills
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Worldliness/understanding of current events
  • Conceptualizing and implementing projects
  • Developing research designs and models
  • Understanding components of complex problems

School of Public Affairs

College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts