About the Curriculum
Upper division transfer program for students with Associate Degree or equivalent number of credits
The Criminal Justice major is designed to take the student through the sequence of events in the criminal justice system, including entry into the system, prosecution and pretrial services, adjudication, sentencing and sanctions, and corrections. Each sequence is studied in detail in a variety of related courses. We offer a wide variety of courses specifically related to the study of law. Our programs provide an excellent pathway towards the study of law In addition to a substantial number of courses devoted to criminal justice theory, the student is exposed to the practice of criminal justice. Criminal Justice majors are required to complete a senior level internship in which they gain first-hand experience with the criminal justice system.
Upon graduation, the student is prepared to seek employment within various public and private agencies. In recent years, students have been employed by a variety of law enforcement agencies, the courts, social services agencies, probation departments, and correctional facilities to name a few. The major also serves as a well-planned multidisciplinary course of study for pre-law students and those desiring to go on to graduate work in related social and behavioral disciplines.
All students receive invaluable, hands-on training in the field of criminal justice in our experienced-based practica program. Classes are taught during weekends, afternoons and evenings by professors who are chiefs of police, judges, attorneys, terrorism experts and criminal justice scholars. The program is designed for transfer students who have earned an associate degree or a minimum of 24 college credits in liberal arts.