2018-2019 Catalog

Criminal Justice Administration

Criminal Justice Administration Program Learning Outcomes

College of Business Administration and Public Policy

Department of Public Administration

Bachelor of Science

Degree Roadmap



Elena Kulikov, Department Chair

Shari Berkowitz, Theodore P. Byrne, Elena Kulikov, Gus Martin, Marie Palladini, Jennifer Sumner

Advisement Office

Undergraduate student support regarding major advisement, registration issues, permission numbers, petitions, add/drop, and change of major/minor, etc. 

Office: SBS A-319, Phone: (310) 243-3548


Department Office

Undergraduate student support regarding faculty office hours, contacting faculty, and classroom changes, etc.
Office: SBS D-321, Phone: (310) 243-3548

Emeriti Faculty

Mary Auth, Iris Baxter, Justine Bell, Gary Colboth, David J. Karber



The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration is designed to provide students with a high quality education that prepares them to think critically about research and policy as they relate to policing, courts, and corrections. In this regard, the Criminal Justice Administration curriculum seeks to prepare students for careers in public service, social justice, civic engagement, collaborative governance, and ethical leadership. The curriculum also serves as excellent preparation for graduate education in these and related fields. The degree program requires: 1) completion of two lower division required courses common to all students in the Department of Public Administration; 2) completion of a set of upper division core courses common to all Criminal Justice Administration students; and 3) four elective courses. The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration Degree is a single-field major, which means that students are not required to complete a minor for graduation.

The Minor in Criminal Justice Administration is designed to provide a basic foundation in Criminal Justice Administration. The minor is especially appropriate for students who major in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. It is an attractive option for students with majors in fields that lead to employment in law enforcement, the judiciary, corrections, juvenile justice, homeland security, law, and intelligence analysis.


Academic and Professional Advisement

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree receive academic advisement for designing and completing their program of study. Specialized professional advisement can be obtained from members of the Public Administration and Public Policy faculty. Undergraduate students seeking professional advisement should contact department faculty, who are available to discuss career options and current policy issues in professions within the area of Public Administration and Public Policy.




High school students should take college preparatory courses in the social and natural sciences, English and mathematics.

Students taking their first two years of study at a community college are advised to complete lower division general education requirements.


Career Possibilities

This major will prepare students for careers in social services, judiciary and law, education, and law enforcement. The job opportunities for students in criminal justice administration are as diverse as the range of services provided by governments in the United States.

In addition, the program provides a strong foundation for pursuing a career in law firms, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector.


Graduation with Honors

A student may be a candidate for graduation with Honors in Public Administration by meeting the following criteria:

  1. A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills;
  2. A minimum grade point average of 3.5 in all courses used to satisfy the upper division requirements in the major;
  3. Recommendation by the Public Administration faculty.