Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

Imagine Your Amazing Life

Imagine graduating with a degree in Criminal Justice that can be your start to a career that is both important and exciting. From addressing the problem of crime in our communities to the development of social justice solutions, and learning about the emerging field of homeland security and emergency management, the field of criminal justice is constantly in the news. It is a field that is growing in size, pay, variety and prominence.

Imagine a meaningful internship in your field of interest and a service learning experience that allows you to apply your skills in the real world. Imagine completing your degree with a digital resume showcasing your academic achievements and practical experience.

Now stop imagining.

The Marymount California University Criminal Justice degree will provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge and experience. Our small class sizes allow you to fully engage in learning. Individual faculty mentoring and targeted advising from your professors help you succeed academically. Oceanview and Waterfront campuses that are close to Los Angeles and its WorldPort afford Criminal Justice students many unique opportunities to compete for an extensive range of internships, as well as nationwide careers in the criminal justice field that span the private sector and federal, state and local government agencies.

Our graduates take the next step fully prepared for the working world or graduate school—with an impressive resume and unparalleled accomplishments. Most graduates use their degree in Criminal Justice to begin careers in law enforcement, criminal law, corrections or social work.

BUILD A SOLID FOUNDATION

During the freshman and sophomore years, students build an educational foundation that prepares them for their upper division studies, which includes completing required coursework in criminology, homeland security and criminal law.

DEVELOP A DEEPER LEVEL OF UNDERSTANDING

During the junior year, students complete most of their core Criminal Justice courses and begin in-depth study with upper division coursework, such as: Criminal Justice Administration; Ethics and Professional Responsibility in Criminal Justice; Juvenile Justice, the Law and Delinquency; Judicial Processes and the Criminal Court System; Constitutional Criminal Procedures; Criminal Justice, Homeland Security and Terrorism; Transnational Crimes and Comparative Criminal Justice Systems; and Crime and Inequality.

TAKE YOUR LEARNING TO THE NEXT LEVEL—THE CAPSTONE PROJECT

During senior year, students finalize the remaining coursework in their chosen concentration and complete their Capstone Project—the culminating experience of a Marymount California University Bachelor of Arts degree.

GRADUATE WITH THE ABILITY TO:

• Express a thorough knowledge of the criminal justice system, including police, courts and corrections

• Identify legal and moral responsibilities of criminal justice professionals as they relate to cultural diversity and establishing positive community relationships

• Understand the constitutional rights and responsibilities of citizens, offenders and victims as they apply to state, federal and procedural law

• Explain the criminal justice process and the role of discretion among criminal justice participants, as well as evaluate best practices

• Apply psychological and sociological theories to better understand criminal behavior

• Compare and contrast the United States criminal justice system with that of other nations, employing both historical and cultural contexts

Student Learning

In all our programs, MCU ensures that students advance their communication, analysis and decision-making skills, while broadening their appreciation of diverse perspectives and their ability to learn from experience. These Institutional Student Learning Outcomes flow from our commitment to Academic Excellence, Real World Learning and Character Formation.

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Student Achievement

Students bring a rich array of talents and interests, leading to many forms of student achievement at MCU. What will you achieve? A distinctive Capstone presentation, surely. What else? Let MCU support your exploration and growth. Discover your interests. Develop your talents. And let your achievements shine.

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