Criminal justice is an interdisciplinary social science involving the study of crime and societal responses to it. The Department of Criminal Justice seeks to foster an environment of inquiry, innovation, and lifelong learning for students of criminal justice, who recognize, critically examine, and solve social problems related to crime and criminal behavior. By examining the policies and systems designed to control criminality, students learn the sociopolitical context of crime and explore the historical and contemporary theories of violent and antisocial behavior. In addition to learning academic theories and analyzing criminal justice practices, students also develop practical skills such as writing for criminal justice audiences, locating relevant laws and regulations, and understanding courtroom procedures.

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  • California Poet Laureate Visits APU

    Dana Gioia, poet laureate for the state of California, visited APU as part of the James L. Hedges Distinguished Lecture series.

  • Assemblymember's Swearing-in Encourages Optimism

    Surrounded by family, friends, and elected officials, California’s new Assemblymember to the 48th District Blanca E. Rubio, ’99, M.A. ’03 (D), took the oath of office before a standing-room-only crowd on January 28 at APU's Munson Chapel.

  • APU Hosts Night of Champions with Raiders' Derek Carr

    Azusa Pacific University and Fellowship of Christian Athletes invite Southern California teenagers, as well as their pastors, coaches, teachers, parents, and friends to campus for a dynamic evening with Oakland Raiders' quarterback Derek Carr.

Note: This information is current for the 2016-17 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.