Welcome to CCJS!

Welcome to the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies!  We invite you to join us in the study of crime, criminology, criminal justice, and society.  We offer a liberal arts curriculum concerned with the changing nature and content of law; the shifting public expectations of criminal justice agencies; the implications of diversity along the lines of race, gender, and class; and the reactions of those agencies to social perceptions and political pressures.

We serve a broad service area within the North Bay region, but also draw students from counties throughout the state.  As one of the nine academic departments housed within the School of Social Sciences, our mission and values align closely with the school’s goals of preparing its graduates “to live richly rewarding personal, professional, and social lives while understanding and appreciating human complexity in a global society.”  Our core values also align with Sonoma State University’s themes of diversity, social justice, sustainability, and community engagement.  These core values form an integral part of our curriculum and are reflected in our faculty's research projects and service commitments.  

Academic Programs

We offer a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies and a Minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies.  We currently do not have a graduate program.