The major is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the nature of crime and the effectiveness and fairness of society’s efforts to prevent and to control it. Students engage in a cross-disciplinary approach to the study of crime, offenders, and victims, as well as the agencies, laws, policies, and processes of the criminal justice system. The major emphasizes critical thinking about the types of questions and problems in the areas of administration of justice, criminology, domestic and global security, fraud, and the special challenges of cyber-crimes. Department faculty research and teach about important topics of concern to criminal justice professionals, such as: cyber-crime, fraud, and the impact of crime on juvenile and adult offenders.

Optional Concentration: Corrections

The concentration in corrections is open to criminal justice majors who are interested in focusing on the treatment and remediation of offenders may choose to pursue a concentration in corrections.  


Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Locations: Main Oakland Campus

Notable Courses


The course examines how persons use interpersonal communication to create and maintain relationships and/or cause them to deteriorate. Some issues include: the creation and negotiation of meaning; role of communication in the development and maintenance of self-identity; nature and impact of verbal and nonverbal messages; and interpersonal perception processes and errors. Students will consider social diversity and the impact of cultural differences on communication and relationships.


This class is an analysis of the history of the control and prevention of juvenile delinquency. The course includes an overview of the nature and extent of juvenile delinquency, theories about delinquency, an examination of the justice system, and procedures for juveniles in this system.

note: this is just a small sample of the variety of classes you'll be taking. for more details about these classes and more, please visit the Course Catalog section of our website.