Make change happen with a major in criminal justice

University of the Pacific's new major in criminal justice prepares you for a career in law enforcement, the courts or corrections system. Opportunities in criminal justice are wide-ranging and provide fulfilling ways to serve your community.

With the criminal justice major, you can: 

  • take advantage of Pacific's strong public policy and law programs
  • connect with Pacific's ties to northern California's legal community and government agencies
  • make an easy transition to Pacific's McGeorge School of Law or Master in Social Work program
  • work as a change-maker in the criminal justice system
Outstanding Student
Guneet Gill '22

Studying at Pacific has always been a goal for Stockton-native Guneet. He decided to add the criminal justice concentration to his political science major because he believes this path will benefit him most while he is pursuing his future career in criminal law.

criminal justice major Guneet Gill

The political science emphasis is geared toward students who are interested in careers in law enforcement or public policy as they relate to criminal justice. 

Contact Department of Political Science Chair Brian Klunk at

The sociology emphasis is designed for students who are interested in social justice and want to help transform communities, especially those that have been affected by mass incarceration. Examples of careers include gang prevention, family support within the corrections system and community-oriented policing.

Contact Department of Sociology Chair Marcia Hernandez at

Criminal Justice
What sets us apart?

Professors Keith Smith of political science and Susan Mannon of sociology explain why Pacific's criminal justice program is set up to help you make real change in your community.

Degrees Offered

BA in Political Science with Criminal Justice Concentration
BA in Sociology with Criminal Justice Concentration
Ready to take the next step?
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