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Major or Minor in Criminal Justice

As a Criminal Justice major, you will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. You may also major in any other discipline atCriminal Justice students in lab the University and minor in Criminal Justice. (Examples:Computer Science major and Criminal Justice minor, or Psychology major and Criminal Justice minor.)

Double Major

With a major in Criminal Justice you have the option to pursue a double major with any discipline at the University. (Example: Major in both Criminal Justice and Social and Behavioral Sciences.)

Certificate in Forensics

Improve your skills and add this specialization to your major. This certificate is available to Criminal Justice majors as well as those majoring in any field.

Points of Interest

  • Your studies will focus on restorative justice and community alternatives to traditional models of incarceration and punishment. We emphasize the repair of harm caused by criminal behavior through cooperative processes such as victim-offender mediation, restitution and ex-offender assistance programs.
  • You have the opportunity to focus on a particular area of specialization by choosing from two tracks within the major: Crime and Society or Police Studies. You will learn about crime theories in contemporary society and the changing models of law enforcement in a Post-911 era.
  • The major will provide you with insight into the changing professional philosophy of criminal justice. It is specifically designed to acquaint you with a diverse number of careers and positions within the field of criminal justice.
  • Members of the faculty have impressive education backgrounds and bring a wealth of experience in both public and private security and law enforcement. They provide a well-rounded education in criminal justice from a theoretical and a practical perspective. This combination of teaching ability and field experience offers you invaluable first-hand expertise to help prepare for your career after graduation.
  • The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics projects higher than average growth for occupations in the field of criminal justice between now and 2020. New Jersey, California and Washington D.C. have the highest annual salaries for criminal justice careers. There are 3.2 million employed nationwide in the field of criminal justice, with an annual mean salary of $43,050 (National Center for Education Statistics, 2010-2011).

Required Courses

Career Opportunities

  • With a BS in Criminal Justice, you may pursue a career in the following work settings:
  • Community Transition Programs
  • Corporate Security Offices
  • Courts – Juvenile or Adult
  • Crime Labs
  • Customs & Border Protection
  • Juvenile Justice Programs
  • Police Departments
  • Probation Departments
  • Social Service Agencies
  • US Department of Justice
  • Youth Facilities


Contact Information

Robert McParland, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Social & Behavioral Sciences
School of Arts & Sciences
Kirby Hall 409, Lodi Campus