Criminal Justice Department

About the Program

Within the University's liberal arts framework, criminal justice students develop both the knowledge and the values and ethical consciousness required of individuals who wish to serve society through work in the legal and social service professions.

Offering broad foundation courses in sociology, political science, psychology, management, public administration, criminology, and law, the criminal justice curriculum integrates carefully developed multidisciplinary theory with the teaching of contemporary criminal justice practice. By combining coursework, internships and special research projects, criminal justice graduates are fully prepared to enter a wide range of public law enforcement agency work or to pursue advanced study in law and judicial administration.

Students who take the department's legal studies minor pursue an interdisciplinary study of the law and the legal process, drawing on courses in the social sciences, humanities, and business. The minor addresses the many social, political, philosophical, and economic questions that arise in the enforcement of the nation's laws.

With greater local and national attention focused on law enforcement and national security, criminal justice students with bachelor's degrees are in demand; more than 80 percent of Cal Lutheran's graduates secure employment in the field immediately upon graduation.