where academic investigation +
christian faith +
service to others unite

The La Sierra Advantage

Join La Sierra University’s new Criminal Justice Bachelor of Science degree program and aim for a career in public safety, criminal law, private security, court administration, forensics, and corrections.

Take classes in a state-of-the-art training facility complete with a crime lab. Study with faculty who have extensive law enforcement, CSI, and FBI experience. Learn important skills including:

  •     Arrest and control techniques
  •     Weaponless defense
  •     Fingerprinting
  •     Ballistics
  •     Crime scene processing
  •     Decision-making for law enforcement through simulation training
  •     Designed to give students a competitive edge in the hiring process!

Take classes part-time or full-time, in the day or evening

Why study criminal justice?

The objective of the program is to prepare students to seek entry level positions in the criminal justice system (public & private sector) and/or for admission to graduate programs in law and other related fields. Additionally, the program provides students an intensive, innovative, and comprehensive curriculum in an environment that promotes a continuous culture of pride, respect and community service.

We offer the following:

Bachelor of Science

The first duty of society is justice.

Alexander Hamilton

Criminal Justice Undergraduate Program

Criminal Justice Bachelor of Science

The Criminal Justice Program provides students with an understanding of the criminal justice system through scientific theories, field studies, research methods and the sociological study of crime, criminal behavior, as well as the policies and systems designed to control criminality. It offers students from various social, racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds a strong base for academic excellence, spiritual growth and successful career development.

Fast Facts Criminal Justice Program

Average completion time4 Years
Program Units72

Students who graduate from the program will:

  1. Know and understand the basic foundation of the major components of the criminal justice system.
  2. Identify issues and apply theories / principles of substantive and procedural criminal law that regulate the criminal justice system.
  3. Use critical thinking skills to assess and explain theories, policies, practices and processes of the criminal justice system.
  4. Identify the major historical and contemporary issues, policies, programs, and events using the lenses of race, ethnicity, culture, gender and religion.
  5. Demonstrate research skills necessary in the criminal justice system, including information literacy in searching, analyzing, synthesizing, and reporting data relevant to the field of criminal justice.
  6. Demonstrate effective oral and written skills as they apply to the basic knowledge of information technology related to the criminal justice field.
  7. Exhibit knowledge of ethical principles and attitudes of professional responsibility in the field of criminal justice.

Paying for College

The Student Financial Services office is here to help with financial aid processes. The staff also keeps up to date on scholarships that could benefit La Sierra students.

Choosing Classes

First-year students meet with their academic coach/advisor each week for their first two quarters. Then they are assigned an advisor from their major department who will help them choose the classes they need to complete their program.

Beyond Class

A lot of learning takes place outside of the classroom. The Division of Student Life is headquarters for student government, activities, organizations, spiritual life, and much more to enhance your college experience.

Career Center

We want you to find a good job after you finish your degree at La Sierra. A new Career Center, located in the Zapara School of Business, is expected to open before the end of fall quarter.

University Studies

All undergraduate students at La Sierra University participate in a comprehensive general education curriculum called University Studies, which is rooted in the concept of liberal education as a formative and transformative process. University Studies offers an integrated curriculum that:

  • stimulates the meaning-centered development of its students.
  • familiarizes students with the various academic disciplines.
  • exposes students to intercultural, international and inter-ethnic concerns.
  • encourages students to recognize the importance of developing a personal value system to distinguish between right and wrong.