Achievement in Criminal Justice

Students majoring in Criminal Justice at Marymount California obtain not only a solid foundation of knowledge of the criminal justice system through classes and coursework, they also have the opportunity for hands on experience and frequent face to face connection with professionals already working in this field. This combination of study and direct interaction puts students on a clear path to successfully pursue postgraduate studies or careers in the areas of law enforcement, criminal law, corrections or social work.

First offered as a BA degree in 2016-17, enrollment in the program has expanded dramatically as students see how real world learning leads to real world opportunities.

Internships with the LAPD Harbor Division Detective Bureau provide direct insight into the investigative process, showing students how to interview victims and witnesses, and how to make a case.

Sample List of Capstone Projects

  • Juvenile Recidivism Intervention Reform - P. Harris
  • Technology and the Criminal Justice System: Tools of Crime Prevention - K. Lopez
  • Police Department Budgeting - B. Caldarelli
  • Abusive Power: Ethical Issues of Police and Community - M. Yracheta
  • The Toughest Journey Home: Prison to Society - K. Robertson
  • Exonerations and Wrongful Convictions - K. Polcari

Going Way Beyond Textbooks

Students gain a first-person perspective of the workings of the criminal justice system from guest speakers, career fairs and field trips.

Sample Internships

  • City of Redondo Beach
  • Collins Law Group
  • Drug Enforcement Agency
  • LA Attorney’s Office
  • LAPD - Juvenile Division
  • LA County Sheriff’s Office
  • LA Courthouse
  • The Honorable Judge Mildred Escobedo


  • - Mental Illness & Capital Punishment - S. Mendoza
  • - Men and Women In Blue: an Examination of the Relationship Between Law Enforcement Psyche and Work Productivity - A. Santillan
  • - Criminal Behavioral Analysis and Crime Prevention - A. Peter

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.

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.