Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

Fight crime in your community or conceive social justice solutions that make the world a better place.

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Learn about the emerging field of homeland security and emergency management.

You can join the ranks of an exciting field growing in size, pay and opportunities that span the private sector and federal, state and local government agencies.

Do more in real time

  • Get an up-close look at Long Beach Port’s elaborate security network.
  • Study recidivism issues in prisons or why people fear the police.
  • Vie for a spot at the Customs and Border Protection academy.
  • Meet employers from 18 law enforcement agencies during MCU’s criminal justice career fair.
  • Add an optional one-year MBA to your senior year.
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  • Homeland Security

Core criminal justice courses give you a foundation in criminology, criminal law, evidence, communications and ethics. You can choose a Homeland Security concentration or four elective courses to deepen your expertise in an area and expand your own marketability.

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Don’t just learn something. Live it. At Marymount, you’ll gain real-world experience in real time.

Start your search with the Internship & Career Planning Office. We’ll help you create your resume, search for internships and jobs, prepare for interviews and perfect your networking skills.

Where our students have interned

  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office
  • Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
  • Los Angeles Police Department – Rampart Division
  • Palos Verdes Estates Police Department
  • Port of Los Angeles
  • Santa Monica Police Department
  • Transportation Security Administration
  • U.S. Marshals Service

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  • California Highway Patrol
  • California Office of Emergency Management
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Law Firms
  • Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office—Bureau of Victim Services
  • Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
  • Los Angeles Police Department—Juvenile Division
  • Los Angeles Port Police
  • Los Angeles Superior Court
  • Port of Los Angeles
  • Transportation Security Administration
  • United States Department of Health & Human Services
  • United States Marshals Service
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Start your MBA

Diversify your skill set. Add a Marymount MBA to any bachelor’s degree and graduate in as little as one additional year. We’ll help you tailor an MBA that accelerates your career. Get started on your MBA as a Marymount undergrad.

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Cool class: Criminal Justice, Homeland Security and Terrorism

Students have met FBI special agents in counterterrorism and examined “props” used by terrorists, including a suicide vest switch and car bomb container. It’s one of the many chances to learn from experts in the field.

Arielle Acosta on MCU campus
Arielle Acosta

While interning with three law enforcement agencies, Arielle shadowed agents, tracked down Medicaid fraud and found her career calling. She’s experienced multiple sides of the profession—from the court system to special agent investigations.

Cimone Pernell on MCU campus
Cimone Pernell

Cimone reimagined a future in law enforcement after a criminal justice class introduced her to real-life intelligence operatives and rarely seen security infrastructures.