International and Homeland Security

International and Homeland Security Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree Criminal Justice

About Homeland and International Security

Develop specialized knowledge and in-demand skills to excel as a criminal justice professional.

If your interest is focused on the vital areas of homeland and international security, California University of Pennsylvania can prepare you for a solid career with our comprehensive, nationally ranked and widely respected bachelor's degree program in criminal justice.

In the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program, you'll learn from a team of faculty scholars and professionals with extensive career experience. Their goal is to explore with you the major functions and operations of the criminal justice field and the specialized area of homeland and international security. Cal U offers four other concentrations within the B.S. in Criminal Justice degree program:

Gain a career advantage with Cal U's highly ranked, hands-on program.

Cal U's B.S. in Criminal Justice was recently ranked #18 in Best Online Bachelor of Criminal Justice Degree Programs (2016) by BestDegreePrograms.org. As part of the Department of Criminal Justice, the B.S. in Criminal Justice program offers an excellent blend of liberal arts and professional courses to develop your critical thinking and communication skills. You'll be well-prepared to pursue leadership positions in homeland security, international security or various other justice-related professions; the B.S. in Criminal Justice is an excellent foundation for law or graduate school.

Learn about our accelerated bachelor's-to-master's degree program.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: Criminal Justice  

Concentration:  Your curriculum for the homeland and international security concentration includes such courses as Introduction to Security, Corporate Security Law, Executive Protection, International Security Issues, Terrorism and more. The Principles of Homeland Security course focuses on the various principles that establish a foundation to organize security efforts as a nation. Students study such critical areas as intelligence and warning, border and transportation security, domestic terrorism, protecting critical infrastructure, defending against catastrophic terrorism, and emergency preparedness and response.

Solid foundation: The criminal justice curriculum consists of a required core of 11 courses that provide a comprehensive approach to the six content areas identified by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences: administration of justice, corrections, criminological theory, law adjudication, law enforcement, and research and analytic methods.

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19:1 
Student-to-faculty ratio at Cal U.
120 
Credit hours for the bachelor's degree in criminal justice, which can be completed in eight semesters or four years.
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Degree Benefits

With your Cal U degree, you'll be equipped to enter the field of homeland and international security with knowledge and experience. In addition to a strong faculty with top academic and professional credentials, the program also offers access  to forensic computer investigation labs. With the help of the Career and Professional Development Center, students also are connected to potential employers through networking events, job shadowing opportunities, on-campus recruiting, job and internship fairs, and organizational visits. 

 
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Graduate Outcomes

As a graduate of the criminal justice program, you will have the education, skills and training necessary to realize your individual and career goals. With the help of highly qualified professors who have strong professional contacts, criminal justice students get access to valuable hands-on internships. Cal U criminal justice graduates go on to positions in: Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security. Courts and law offices. Correctional institutions. Probation and parole offices. Juvenile justice agencies. Emerging fields of forensic science, electronic fraud and white-collar crime.

 
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Experienced Faculty

The criminal justice program is led by highly qualified and dedicated full-time professors with the highest degrees in their fields, along with real-world professional experience. Our professors have earned Ph.D., J.D. and other doctoral degrees from such institutions as Columbia University, University of Notre Dame, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Robert Morris University. Part-time instructors in the undergraduate criminal justice program are well qualified, drawing on their experience as practitioners. 

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Professional Connection

Cal U is attuned to professional standards through faculty who are members of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. ACJS is an international association established in 1963 to foster professional and scholarly activities in the field of criminal justice. ACJS promotes criminal justice education, research, and policy analysis within the discipline of criminal justice for both educators and practitioners.

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Student Resources

You'll have the opportunity to enhance your academic study in criminal justice at Cal U by joining Lambda Alpha Epsilon (LAE), the national criminal justice association. LAE introduces students to the criminal justice system and to employment opportunities, and also offers excellent networking with practitioner members. Alpha Phi Sigma is the national honor society for criminal justice majors. The society recognizes scholastic excellence by undergraduate and graduate students in criminal justice.

 

B.S., Criminal Justice Courses Homeland and International Security Concentration

Example Courses
  • Introduction To Law Enforcement

  • Introduction To Justice Studies

  • Correctional Systems

  • Juvenile Justice

  • Court Systems

  • Criminal Law

  • Leadership and Ethics
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Research Methods Criminological Theories
  • Seminar In Justice Studies

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Homeland Security - Minors and Concentrations

Minors
  • Minor in criminal justice
    Take two required courses (6 credits) plus five Justice electives (15 credits)
  • Minor in forensic science

    Take four required courses (12 credits) plus three Justice electives (9 credits)

Concentrations

Criminal Justice Faculty

Dr. Aref M. Al-Khattar
Professor

alkhattar@calu.edu

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Dr. John R. Cencich
Professor and Director of the Pennsylvania Center for Investigative and Forensic Sciences and Director of Criminal Justice Graduate Programs

cencich@calu.edu

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Dr. Robert Clark
Instructor
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Dr. Raymond J. Hsieh
Professor
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Dr. Michael Hummel
Professor

hummel@calu.edu

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Gary William Jones
Instructor
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Michael Machen
Instructor
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Richard Mullen
Instructor

mullen@calu.edu

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Dr. Hans Mumm
Instructor

mumm@calu.edu

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Kenneth Noble
Instructor
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Patrick Picciarelli
Instructor
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Dr. Nikolas Roberts
Assistant Professor
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Dr. Beverly Ross
Assistant Professor and Director of the Serene Leadership Institute at Cal U

ross@calu.edu

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Dr. Mathilda Spencer
Assistant Professor
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Julie Warnick
Department Chair and Assistant Professor

warnick@calu.edu

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Dr. Christopher Wydra
Assistant Professor; Program Coordinator, B.S. Criminal Justice, Homeland and International Security Concentration (Online)
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