Law and Justice

Law and Justice Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree Criminal Justice

About Law and Justice

Succeed as a top criminal justice professional with specialized knowledge and in-demand skills.

At California University of Pennsylvania, you'll deepen your interest through in-depth study of law and justice in our comprehensive and nationally ranked bachelor's degree program in criminal justice.

Learn from faculty scholars and skilled professionals with extensive career experience. In the B.S. in Criminal Justice program, the goal is to introduce you to the major functions and operations of the criminal justice field, examine components of the justice system and understand the  legal system in America through the eyes of those working in law enforcement, courts and corrections. 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 ranked at #18 in Best Online Bachelor of Criminal Justice Degree Programs in 2016 by BestDegreePrograms.org.  

 The B.S. in Criminal Justice program brings together liberal arts and professional courses to develop your critical thinking and communication skills. Graduates are well-prepared to pursue leadership positions in law enforcement and justice-related professions; the B.S. in Criminal Justice with a law and justice concentration is excellent preparation for law or graduate school.

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

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: Criminal Justice  

Concentration:  This program is focused on preparing law enforcement professionals and those interested in pursuing law school. Your curriculum for the law and justice concentration includes such courses as Criminal Law, Law and Evidence, Mock Trial Concepts, Applied Mock Trial and more, to give students a solid understanding of the law through application and practice. Mock Trial and Applied Mock Trial give students the opportunity to apply learned concepts in simulated "mock" trial events at the college and regional levels.

Solid foundation: The B.S. in Criminal Justice program is unrivaled in Pennsylvania, providing a comprehensive, methodical review of major justice functions and operations. The criminal justice curriculum consists of a required core of 11 courses that are based on 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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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

Cal U is dedicated to teaching the latest knowledge and skills to help you succeed in a professional career, whether it is in law enforcement or a legal profession. You'll learn with a dedicated, qualified faculty with top academic and professional credentials, such as juris doctorate and doctor of science of law degrees. Cal U's criminal justice program offers hands-on experience in our forensic labs and forensic computer investigation labs. Through the Career and Professional Development Center, [link] students meet  potential employers through networking events, job shadowing opportunities, on-campus recruiting, job and internship fairs, and organizational visits. 

 
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Graduate Outcomes

Earning your bachelor's degree in criminal justice equips you with the education, skills and training to fulfill your individual and career goals. With the help of highly qualified professors who have strong professional contacts, criminal justice students are prepared for graduate study and law school admission. Cal U criminal justice graduates go on to positions in: Courts and law Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Advanced fields in forensic science, electronic fraud and white-collar crime. Correctional institutions. Probation and parole offices. Juvenile justice

 
Criminal Justice (B.S) Law and Justice Concentration
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Qualified Faculty

In the criminal justice program, our highly qualified and dedicated full-time professors hold the highest degrees in their fields (J.D., Ph.D. and other doctoral degrees), and have solid professional experience. Many Cal U criminal justice faculty members are also part of the team for the Pennsylvania Institute of Criminological and Forensic Sciences, which provides an array of investigative consulting activities along with professional training programs for police officers, detectives, district attorneys, public defenders and others involved in the administration of justice.

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Professional Standards

Cal U maintains 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

Students can further enhance academic study in the concentration of law and justice by joining the Cal U Mock Trial Team. As a member of the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA), Cal U participates in invitational and regional mock trial competitions. Students may also join  Lambda Alpha Epsilon (LAE), the national criminal justice association. LAE introduces students to the criminal justice system and to employment opportunities, and 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 Law and Justice Concentration

Example Courses
  • Introduction To Criminal Justice

  • Introduction To Law Enforcement

  • Correctional Systems

  • Court Systems

  • Juvenile Justice

  • Leadership And Ethics

  • Criminal Law

  • CriminologIcal Theory

  • Research Methods In Justice Studies

  • Seminar In Justice Studies

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B.S., Criminal Justice - 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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