B.S. Criminal Justice Studies

Bachelor of Science

Criminal Justice Studies


Explore the fundamental foundations of criminal justice spanning from crime initiation to systems of punishment.

About the Major

The B.S. in Criminal Justice Studies will give you the opportunity to take an in-depth look at mental health law, juvenile justice systems, police, court and corrections management, and operations as well as a host of other options.

In addition, you'll be exposed to traditional public administration courses that impart core skill sets such as leadership, ethics, public and nonprofit management, and formation of public policy. After completing the degree, you will be prepared to think critically in an increasingly complex and politicized society.

Areas of Study

You may take courses in the following areas:

  • Police Management
  • Crime and Public Policy
  • Women and Youth in the Justice System
  • White Collar Crime
  • U.S. National Security

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Internship Requirement

Criminal Justice Studies majors are required to complete an internship as part of their major. Learn more about the internship process.

Career Pathways

A degree in Criminal Justice Studies can help you qualify for many different careers in public sector organizations, including, but not limited to, careers in law enforcement, national security, and local, state, and federal government.

Many of our graduates have sought and attained positions in:

  • Local law enforcement
  • Drug Enforcement Agency
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Border Patrol
  • Arizona’s Joint Legislative Budget Committee

Our graduates have also gone on to attain advanced degrees in law, public policy, sociology, social work, and political science.

Rombach Institute of Crime, Delinquency, and Corrections

This major is sponsored and financially supported by the Rombach Institute of Crime, Delinquency, and Corrections. The Institute has had a presence on campus since its founding in 1997. The mission of the Rombach Institute is to advance the knowledge, pursuit, and evaluation of significant public policy issues as they relate to the field of criminal justice. 

The Institute will continue to provide student financial assistance; support public policy research through reports, conferences, and publications; assist State criminal justice officials with evaluation, analysis, and training; host guest speakers and public forums; and present student and faculty awards and fellowships. The main focus of the Institute in the future will be to provide students with a well-rounded experience that evolves with the field of criminal justice practice.