Criminal Justice, B.S.

The need for ethics in the criminal justice system is as great as ever, which is why integrity is heavily emphasized and a biblical worldview is integrated into CBU’s criminal justice program. 

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Program Intro

In CBU's criminal justice bachelor's program, students learn both in and out of the classroom, studying historical and global trends in law enforcement and corrections and experiencing mock crime scene investigations.

42 Units

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1 Concentration
14 Required Major Courses

Why Study Criminal Justice at CBU?

Learn from qualified faculty

Our criminal justice faculty have earned their doctorate or law degrees from top universities and are authentic followers of Christ and excellent teachers. They set the standard in the areas of faith integration, strong student mentoring and helping our students live their purposes. Faculty members have real-world experience in criminal justice, and bring that experience into the classroom.

Receive hands-on training

We see criminal justice as an applied science. That is, it is an object of study but also something that you actually do — hands on. Our students have the opportunity to meet professionals in the criminal justice field on a regular basis. They may perform actual investigations, and receive specific training in various fields, such as CSI, firearms and others. Past students have interned in county, state and federal governmental offices — such as the Secret Service and the Riverside District Attorney’s Office — and many go on to study law, forensic psychology or criminology in graduate school.

Attend conferences across the country

Faculty and students have attend conferences, including the National Institute of Justice Conference in Washington, D.C., and the End Violence Against Women International Conference.

What You'll Learn

Students in CBU's criminal justice bachelor's program will learn to:

Program Details

CJS 341: Minorities and the Criminal Justice System

Students will critically examine the charges of direct and indirect institutional racism within the totality of the criminal justice system.

CJS 421: Narcotics

This course will examine the role of narcotics/drugs in the U.S. criminal justice system and the impact of drugs on crime. 

CJS 497: Comparative Criminal Justice

The functions, institutions, and operations of U.S. and foreign criminal justice systems are compared.

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  • Administration of Justice Concentration

Troy Hinrichs, J.D.

Professor of Criminal Justice
Fellow, Dr. Paul & Annie Kienel Leadership Institute

Office Phone: 951-343-4692
E-mail: thinrichs@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: The Point, Room 221

Robert Rose, D.P.A.

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Office Phone: 951-343-4610
E-mail: rrose@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: The Point 216

Jumaane Robinson

I chose my major because of my interest in helping the community and people in need of help. I hope to become a criminal investigator, so I like that we get to meet and learn more about the world of policing.

Jumaane Robinson '21

Nicholas Cantino

The thorough understanding I gained at CBU of constitutional law as well as police and court procedures gave me an edge on my peers as I began my career as a deputy sheriff. My professors reinforced the value and importance of personal integrity as a law enforcement officer.

Nicholas Cantino '11
Police Officer, Riverside Police Department

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Madison Gonzales

I chose criminal justice because I want to be a cop. The professors here are amazing and I feel like I've been able to advance in my faith and see God's plan for me.

Madison Gonzales '19

Marc Lemieux

I want to serve my city, and the professors in the criminal justice program are preparing me for a future job.

Marc Lemieux '20

Ryan Corbin

The education I received at CBU is the cornerstone of my career path. Without having pursued criminal justice and sociology at CBU, I would have never begun the journey into counseling.

Ryan Corbin '14
Juvenile Corrections Officer

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Career Possibilities

Criminal justice majors can apply their field of study to a variety of careers in the industry. Some careers listed below may require further education.

  • Police Officer
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Parole Officer
  • Highway Patrol Officer
  • Juvenile Correction Counselor
  • Probation Officer
  • Private Sector Corporate Security
  • Private Investigator
  • Social Services Agent
  • Victim Services Specialist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Attorney
  • Federal Agent
  • Deputy Sheriff

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Join our community. At CBU, you’ll be challenged to become an individual whose skills, integrity, and sense of purpose glorify God and distinguish you in the world.