Mission and Values


Through community engagement, research, and global awareness about criminal and social justice, our faculty, staff, and alumni contribute to more just and healthier institutions, communities, and societies.



The Department of Justice Studies embraces an interdisciplinary approach to engage students in critical analysis of justice systems in practice, policy, and research. We equip students to be leaders, professionals, and agents of change in justice-related institutions and in diverse local and global communities.



Our foremost desire is to foster just societies. We value intellectual curiosity, lifelong learning, honesty, fairness, and ethical consideration of our actions. We embrace diversity, inclusion, civility, and sustainable practices as foundations for strong communities. We commit ourselves to promoting global understanding and respect for cultural differences. We honor our relationships with students, colleagues, alumni, and community partners who work with us to achieve our mission.



Transforming justice and empowering healthier communities since 1930.



  1. Criminal Justice Studies
  2. Criminology
  3. Forensic Science
  4. Legal Studies
  5. Human Rights


Degree Programs Offered







Advanced Certificate in Collaborative Response to Family Violence


Strategic Plan

We will be national actors in our emerging discipline, developing a unique pedagogy and
engaging with community agencies in applied research and policy development.

We shall...

1. Improve governance and operational models
1.1 Streamline governance and consultative processes.
1.2 Reduce “bureaucracy” as much as possible.

2. Enhance faculty research, grants/contracts, and dissemination
2.1 Provide designated support for grant development, proposals, dissemination/travel.
2.2 Develop collaborative ventures with specific University of California partners.
2.3 Profile faculty grants and research.
2.4 Plan, develop, and profile the research and policy unit (CJRPT).
2.5 Investigate a possible joint doctoral program.
2.6 Review and revise retention, tenure and promotion policies to ensure research/grants.

3. Review curriculum alignment with vision, mission, and directions
3.1 Determine programmatic areas for emphasis and possible growth.
3.2 Enhance faculty technological capabilities and thus departmental capacity for change.
3.3 Define the unique pedagogy of Justice Studies.
3.4 Investigate extension of special session program with support of technology.

4. Integrate Forensic Science more completely with Justice Studies
4.1 Develop a plan for the further integration of Forensic Studies with Justice Studies.
4.2 Identify courses for cross-listing within the Department.
4.3 Enhance opportunities for team teaching cross-listed courses.

5. Define standards and support for student success
5.1 Review standards for admission and graduation.
5.2 Establish and monitor school-wide policies and standards.
5.3 Improve retention and graduation rates.
5.4 Develop a plan to monitor and support first year students.
5.5 Develop a consistent and congruent plan for tracking graduates.

6. Focus operations on strategic planning, communication, cohesion, revenue
streams, and accountability
6.1 Identify and streamline unnecessary steps in processes.
6.2 Streamline processes using e-tools.
6.3 Identify and develop potential revenue streams (continuing education, donations, grants,
special session).
6.4 Establish and maintain contact with alumni and retired professors.
6.5 Enhance faculty orientation and structured mentoring programs.
6.6 Provide opportunities for shared learning among faculty (e.g., technology for teaching and learning).
6.7 Develop quality service assessment tools to create baseline data and annual reviews.
6.8 Ensure that strategic planning is an ongoing process not an event.

Strategic plan adopted May 2012.