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Criminal Justice, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
California, MD, United States
By taking the Criminal Justice program at California Lutheran University you will develop the knowledge, skills, and ethical training that are essential for pursuing a career in law enforcement, corrections, the courts, probation and parole, or a variety of social service agencies. You will also be well prepared for graduate studies in law, criminology, or public policy and administration.
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Overview

Take an interdisciplinary approach

Your studies at the Criminal Justice program at California Lutheran University will incorporate theory, research, and practical applications with an emphasis on understanding crime and criminal behavior, criminal justice systems, as well as criminal and constitutional law. Excelling in the criminal justice system or a related field requires a background in several different subjects. Your major will be enhanced with foundational courses that draw from:

  • Sociology
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Global studies
  • Public policy and administration

Be a strong, ethical leader

Today's competitive job market and our global society require leaders who think critically, communicate clearly, and find ethical solutions to complex problems. Rather than taking a single course on ethics, your classes are designed to incorporate these crucial skills throughout your coursework.

Gain field experience

In addition to your regular classes, you’ll complete an internship in a criminal justice or related agency. This hands-on opportunity — combined with your coursework that involves service learning, research projects, and field trips to justice agencies — will give you inside experience with the day-to-day operations of the criminal justice system.

Your Future

More than 80% of our criminal justice majors secure employment in the field after graduation or go on to graduate school or law school. With greater attention being focused on law enforcement and national security, criminal justice students with bachelor's and graduate degrees are in demand.

While most graduates are employed in a criminal justice agency, such as law enforcement or probation, many also find employment in government agencies, nonprofits, and in private sector organizations such as insurance carriers and victim services.

Career paths:

  • Border Patrol and Immigration Officer
  • Correctional Officer
  • Crime Analyst
  • Criminal Investigator
  • Customs Inspector
  • Juvenile Justice Officer
  • Law Enforcement (local, county and federal levels)
  • Legal Assistant
  • Park Ranger
  • Parole and Probation Officer
  • Researcher
  • U.S. Customs Agent 
  • Victim Advocacy and Social Services

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Law and Legal Process
  • Criminal and Procedural Law
  • Critical Issues in Policing
  • Contemporary Corrections
  • Criminology
  • Violence & Victimization

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Complete Your Application & Essay
  • Request Recommendation
  • Submit Application Fee
  • Transcripts
  • English Proficiency
  • Optional Interview

Tuition Fee

  • International

    45500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 45500 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    45500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 45500 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for California

  • 1570 - 2660 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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