Make Change Happen

In Pacific's new concentration in criminal justice, you can prepare 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 concentration, you can choose to major in political science or sociology. Either way, 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 the new Master in Social Work program, if you wish
  • work as a change-maker in the criminal justice system
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.

The political science major with the criminal justice concentration 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 Jeffrey Becker at

The sociology major with the criminal justice concentration 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 Susan Mannon at

Degrees Offered

BA in Political Science with Criminal Justice Concentration
BA in Sociology with Criminal Justice Concentration
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