Criminal Justice Administration

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The mission of the CSUDH College of Business Administration and Public Policy is to educate the leaders who shape the future. This is accomplished by providing an opportunity to acquire a nationally accredited professional education for a successful career.


About the B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration is designed to provide professional preparation for private, public and nonprofit sector professionals in the fields of national and local law enforcement, law, corrections, juvenile justice, homeland security, and intelligence analysis. The degree program requires:

  1. Completion of two lower division required courses common to all students in the Department of Public Administration & Public Policy;
  2. Completion of a set of upper division core courses common to all Criminal Justice Administration students; and
  3. Four elective courses.

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration degree is a single-field major, which means that students are not required to complete a minor for graduation.

Degree Requirements

All new majors are classified as “pre-criminal justice administration majors” until lower-division requirements are met. Upper division advanced and concentration courses are available only to declared Criminal Justice Administration majors.

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration consists of:

    • General Education Requirement
    • Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
    • Major Requirement
    • Elective Requirement

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration.

Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree from CSUDH.


Program Learning Outcomes

The CJA Program Learning Outcomes are aligned with CSUDH Undergraduate Institutional Learning Outcomes. Upon completion of the B.S. in CJA, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, research, and case law in criminal justice administration (Disciplinary Proficiency).
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and skeptical inquiry in their analysis of problems and potential solutions related to criminal justice administration (Critical Thinking).
  3. Understand and assess the role of diversity and multicultural perspectives in the policies, practices, and culture of criminal justice administration (Engaged Citizenry).
  4. Present well-organized and well-supported arguments in both written and oral formats (Communication).
  5. Evaluate and practice ethical decision-making in criminal justice administration (Engaged Citizenry.)
  6. Identify, access, utilize, and evaluate various forms of information (Information Literacy).

Minor in Criminal Justice Administration

The minor in Criminal Justice Administration is comprised 15 units (6 required units and 9 elective units). To view the requirements for the minor, click here.


Student Associations

Alpha Phi Sigma is the nationally recognized honor society for students in the criminal justice sciences. The society recognizes academic excellence by undergraduates as well as graduate students of criminal justice. For further information, go to the CSUDH Alpha Phi Sigma Chapter's website. Please contact APS Faculty Advisor, Dr. Shari Berkowitz via email at



Computing & Communication Facilities

Courses are primarily taught in the new Innovation & Instruction Building located at the front of the CSUDH campus. The building has Wi-Fi, open seating, breakout rooms, classrooms, and several computer labs. Every classroom in the building has a direct connection to the Internet, allowing in-class demonstration and experimentation during all information system class sessions.