2021-2022 Catalog Updates

Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science

The roles of criminal justice, civil justice, and regulatory compliance are changing rapidly. Shifting landscapes in the fields of law, technology, and crime have increased the necessity for organizational leadership to possess a well-rounded understanding of sociological, ethical, and legal perspectives. The Justice Administration program is a multi-disciplinary degree program that combines aspects of public and business administration with the narrative and practice of justice. This program provides students with a strong foundation of law and management practices directly applicable to either traditional public sector careers such as law enforcement, criminal investigations, juvenile justice, public policy or administrative roles; or private sector careers involving corporate investigations and risk mitigation-including cyber forensic investigations and regulatory compliance. 

Program Outcomes

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice will prepare students to:

Demonstrate the ability to develop and express ideas, while applying a variety of delivery models, genres, and styles.

Apply core principles of crime theory and contemporary analysis in developing, implementing and evaluating criminal justice policy.

Demonstrate the ability to explore/analyze issues, ideas, artifacts, and events to inform well-developed opinions and conclusions.

Demonstrate the ability to understand the complexity of various cultures and work constructively with people of diverse ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, religious beliefs, and socio-economic status.

Demonstrate the ability to reason in an ethical manner and to reflect core beliefs and core competencies in authentic contexts.

Apply core principles of public administration in the context of criminal justice.

Demonstrate the ability to reason and solve problems in authentic contexts through the analysis and use of data.

Admission Requirements

City University of Seattle's undergraduate admission requirements, found under Admissions in the catalog menu, apply to this program. 

Total Required Credits (180 Credits)

Lower – Division Requirements (90 Credits)

Students must meet General Education requirements.  This is typically completed within the 90 required lower division credits. See the General Education Requirements section of this catalog for more detailed information.

For this program, Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning is met through the course MATH 107 Mathematical Reasoning and its Applications or higher.

General Education Requirements

Total Credits

College Composition II (CCII)

5 Credits

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (CM/QSR)

5 Credits

Humanities (HU)

15 Credits

Social Sciences (SS)

15 Credits

Natural Sciences (NS)

15 Credits

Preparatory Courses (30 Credits)

These preparatory courses may be applied towards CityU's General Education and Lower Division credit requirements.
SSC 204Criminal Procedural Law (HU or SS)


PSY 240Critical Thinking and Writing Skills in Social Sciences (HU) *


HUM 210Justice and Ethics (HU or SS)


HUM 215History of Punishment and Prisons (HU)


CJ 211Criminal Investigation (NS or SS)


Criminal Justice Core (50 Credits)

CJ 318Fundamentals of Criminology (HU or SS)


CJ 330Management and Leadership (HU or SS)


CJ 333Planning and Policy Analysis (SS)


CJ 341Contemporary Justice Administration Issues


CJ 350Globalization and Crime (HU or SS)


CJ 361Cyber and Surveillance Law and Government (SS or HU)


CJ 365Applied Criminology and Crime Prevention (SS)


CJ 403Enterprise Risk Management


CJ 410Risk Assessment and Prevention (NS or SS)


COM 461Communicating Crisis, Emergency and Social Change (HU or SS)


Upper Division Electives (25 Credits)


Emphasis Area

Specialized Study Emphasis (25 Credits)

Required for all Emphasis areas.

Capstone (5 Credits)

CJ 465Bureaupathology