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.
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California State University, Bakersfield
Mail Stop: 24 DDH
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1022
Criminal Justice Degree
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice is designed to empower students as critical thinkers, effective oral communicators, and competent writers on subject matters of crime and justice; to include: (1) the nature, extent, and causation of crime; (2) knowledge in research methods and statistical applications to promote an understanding of criminal behavior and to assess the effectiveness of criminal justice policies; (3) the role of criminal law in the regulation of human conduct and maintenance of stability in society; (4) the philosophy, theory, policies, practices, processes, and reform of the U.S. police agencies at the federal, state, and local levels; (5) the philosophy and goals of criminal punishment and to understand the structure, processes, and reform of the U.S. correctional agencies at the federal, state, and local levels.
For a closer look at our courses, please visit the Course Descriptions page and select Criminal Justice.
Why Criminal Justice at CSUB?
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.
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.