Secure Your Future with a Degree in Criminal Justice

What is Criminal Justice?

From street criminals who commit robberies, assaults, and larcenies, to families struggling to break the cycle of domestic violence, to white collar felons engaged in more sophisticated offenses such as embezzlement and fraud, today's complex criminal justice professionals require sophisticated analytical skills for the study of crime and delinquency.

Why Criminal Justice at CSUB?

Outstanding Faculty

At CSU Bakersfield, students in Criminal Justice get to work closely with highly qualified Ph.D. professors with diverse specialty areas and backgrounds. CSUB also welcomes distinguished adjunct faculty, including local law enforcement officials, attorneys, and state and county judges.

Academic Excellence

California State University, Bakersfield Criminal Justice Department offers coursework for individuals who are interested in understanding the causes, responses, and impact of crime on communities. Students learn about the criminal justice system’s place in society, its development through time, and how society’s views towards crime and punishment have shaped the system’s actions, values, philosophies, and resources.

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Criminal Justice is designed to provide the student with familiarity in the major components of the U.S. criminal justice system, including law enforcement, prosecution, courts, and corrections. Criminal Justice majors leave CSUB grounded in the intricacies of the U.S. justice system network, the theories underlying criminal behavior, and the research methodologies required to understand complex criminal justice issues. CSUB also offers a minor in Criminal Justice.

Additionally, majors and non-majors have the opportunity to take elective courses on ethics, drugs, prisoners’ and victims’ rights, white collar crime, and terrorism, as well as classes addressing race gender, crime, and justice.

Internship Opportunities

In addition to providing an outstanding classroom experience, CSUB's Criminal Justice Department also offers students internships with the Bakersfield Police Department, Kern County Sheriff's Office, Kern County Probation, District Attorney's Office, Child Protective Services, California Department of Rehabilitation, Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault, and several private law firms. Declared majors with junior status and a minimum of 2.5 CSUB GPA are eligible.

Please click on the links at left for more information about the Criminal Justice Department at CSUB or call the Department Office at (661) 654-2433.

Department of Criminal Justice

California State University, Bakersfield
Mail Stop: 24 DDH
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA  93311-1022 

Phone:  (661) 654-2433
Fax:  (661) 654-2627
Office:  Dorothy Donahoe Hall C114

Important Dates

Fall Semester 2016 (revised 08/31/16)

August 17: ALL Faculty Due on Campus

August 22: First Day of Classes

August 22-September 2: Schedule Adjustment Period

September 2: Last Day to Add Classes


September 19: Census Day

September 19: Last Day to Withdraw from Classes without a W

October 17-28: Academic Advising for Continuing Students (Spring)

October 28: Last Day to Apply for Graduation (Fall 2017 $70)

October 31: Registration for Continuing Students (Spring)

October 31: Academic Advising for New Students (Spring)

November 4: Last Day to Withdraw - Serious/Compelling Reason (Petition)

November 7: Registration for New Students (Spring)



November 28: SOCI Week

December 6: Last Day of Classes

December 6: Last Day to Submit Master's Thesis to Library

December 7: Study/Reading Day

December 8-14: Examination Period - FINALS

December 9: Last Day to Apply for Graduation (Summer 2017 $70)

December 15-16: Evaluation Days

December 19-20: Grades Due

Fall Semester Break: December 21, 2016-January 19, 2017

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