Criminal Justice

The Department of Criminal Justice offers an undergraduate degree designed to develop knowledge and understanding of practices, criminological theory, and concepts of the criminal justice system. Through examining crime prevention, forensic science and investigation, corrections and community-based programs, equity and diversity, and the impact of victimization, students will be provided with a general understanding of the issues facing the criminal and juvenile justice systems. This major will prepare students to be leaders for positive change in the community, along with careers in law enforcement, corrections, victim advocacy, law, and community-based programs.


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Career Opportunities Include:

Family Violence, Crisis, or Shelter Counselor • Community Agency Counselor • Community Service Coordinator • Consumer Affairs Director • Probation, Parole, and Corrections Officer • Deputy Insurance Commissioner • Equal Opportunity Representative • ATF, CIA, FBI Agent • Group Worker • Insurance Investigator • Investigator • Loss Prevention Specialist • Park Ranger • Police Administrator • Police Officer • Security Manager • Social Worker • Vocational Rehabilitation Officer


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Courses You Might Take

CRJ 220 - Basic Criminal Investigation

Explore the principles and methods of investigation used to acquire and to disseminate information about crimes.

CRJ 300 - Crime and Criminal Justice in the Media and Cinema

Introduces students to types of crime and the inner-workings of criminal justice through the media and cinema. Examines the ways these media depict due process, victims and offenders, and criminal justice policy.

CRJ 330 - Crime Prevention and Control

Examines the concepts of planning and implementation of crime prevention and control systems, and the role of security in urban society and civilian involvement in crime prevention.

CRJ 455 - Youth Crime and Empowerment

Examines the impact of trauma on child development and the factors that influence youth involvement in elicit behaviors. Compares youth empowerment strategies with traditional modalities, examines programs, and explores developmental differences among diverse youth.

CRJ 460 - Crime Theory

An in-depth analysis of the theories of criminal behavior, examining major social, psychological and biological theories of crime causation. Examine historical origins of crime theories and current applications of criminological theories to contemporary crime issues and offender treatment and rehabilitation.

CRJ 475 - Restorative Justice

A critical look at how restorative justice responds to crime by holding offenders accountable for harm committed, repairing harm to victims and community, and promoting skills in offenders to prevent crime recurrence.

Contact Us

Department of Criminal Justice
  • California State University, East Bay
  • 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd
  • Student & Faculty Support Building, SF 402
  • Hayward, CA 94542