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Welcome to the Department of Criminal Justice

Message from the Chair

The Department of Criminal Justice provides a broad range of courses to provide students with a comprehensive and solid background for entering into criminal justice. The department offers courses examining: 1) law enforcement, 2) corrections, 3) courts, and 4) various aspects of crime including gangs, drugs, white collar crime, and criminal profiling. Our curriculum is designed to meet student's needs irrespective of their career aspirations.

Larry K. Gaines, Ph.D., Chair

lgaines@csusb.edu

Program Quality Recognition 

2017: Ranked #19 in "The 30 Best Online Bachelor of Criminal Justice Degree Programs" (The Best Schools)
2017: The Master's Program was ranked #15 in "The 25 Best Online Master of Criminal Justice Degree Programs" (The Best Schools)
2016: Ranked #2 in "The 25 Best Online Bachelor's in Criminal Justice Degree Programs" (The Center for Online Education)       
2016: Ranked #7 in the "Top 30 Best Online Criminal Justice Degree Programs (Bachelor's) 2016" (Best Degree Programs) 
2016: The Master's Program was ranked #4 in “Most Affordable online Master’s in Criminal Justice Program” (Collegevaluesonline) 
2016: The Master's Program was ranked #12 in “Best Online Masters in Criminal Justice Degree Program, 2016” (College Choice) 
2016: Ranked #9 in the "Best Online Criminal Justice Programs" (Best Colleges)  
2015: The Master's Program was ranked #3 in “50 Best value Colleges for a Criminal Justice Degree, 2015” (Best Value Schools)  
2015: The Master's Program was ranked # 17 in “50 Best Online Criminal Justice Programs, 2015” (Super Scholar) 
2015: The Master's Program was ranked #20 in “Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs” (U.S. News and World Report)