Criminal Justice Degree Programs in Gardena, CA with Course Info

Sep 10, 2018

The Gardena, CA, area has numerous schools that offer criminal justice programs. Learn about the programs, admission information and program requirements for three schools within 20 miles of downtown Gardena to make an informed education decision.

Schools in Gardena with Criminal Justice Programs

Those wishing to study criminal justice have several schools to consider in the Gardena, CA, area. Get the specifics on three of these schools, which are all just a short drive from downtown Gardena. There is a table in the article that compares school statistics, including enrollment figures, program costs, graduation rates and more. Also provided is a brief paragraph at the end discussing two other nearby school options.

  • El Camino Community College is 1.2 miles from downtown Gardena and offers a certificate and an associate's degree in administration of justice.
  • Students at California State University - Dominguez Hills, which is 4.9 miles from Gardena's downtown, can earn a bachelor's degree in criminal justice administration.
  • Finally, criminal justice bachelor's and master's degrees can be earned at California State University - Long Beach, which is 16.2 miles from Gardena's downtown.

Comparison of Schools

The following table can make it easier to choose the right criminal justice school.

El Camino Community College California State University - Dominguez Hills California State University - Long Beach
School Type 2-year community college; public 4-year university; public 4-year university; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 24,349* 16,219* 37,622*
Campus Setting Large suburb Small city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $1,142 for in-state; $5,846 for out-of-state* $6,837 for in-state; $18,717 for out-of-state* $6,730 for in-state; $18,610 for out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 64%* 91%* 80%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open admissions* 54%* 28%*
Retention Rate (2017) 78%* 77%* 88%*
Graduation Rate 32% (students beginning in 2014)* 43% (students beginning in 2011)* 69% (students beginning in 2011)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

El Camino Community College

It is recommended that students who're seeking employment with a police agency after graduation receive a physical examination before entering into the administration of justice coursework here.

Certificate of Achievement in Administration of Justice

About 27 to 32 units have to be completed in order to earn this certificate. Students can take classes in the penal code, narcotics and vice investigation, arrest and firearms law, search warrants, and criminal justice selection and recruitment. There is also an independent study and special topics option in this major. Students can also choose to complete a cooperative work experience option to spend some time out in the field.

Associate in Arts in Administration of Justice

The major requirements of this associate degree program consist of the courses completed in the certificate program. However, students also gain the benefit of a general education in the associate's degree program. Other courses in administration of justice available at this school include arrest, search and seizure laws, basic security officer training, justice system ethics and report writing.

California State University - Dominguez Hills

Prior to entering the program, students must complete an entry-level skills test.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration

For the first two years of the program, it is recommended that students take general education courses and introductory criminal justice classes. Once at the upper-division level, students begin taking coursework on public administration, criminal justice and the community, legal foundations of justice administration and statistics in criminal justice administration. Terrorism and extremism, juvenile justice processes and administrative law are also covered in this program's curriculum.

California State University - Long Beach

Students who are interested in studying criminal justice in order to enhance another area of study can pursue a minor at this school. There is also a minor in forensics for students who are looking for something to enhance their criminal justice education in a different way.

Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Once several prerequisite classes have been completed for this program, criminal justice students can begin studying policing, criminal courts and judicial processes, and justice writing, reasoning and research. From there, students can advance to learning about criminological theory, criminal justice statistics and theory, and practice and policy of corrections. Towards the end of the program, there is coursework on substantive criminal law and constitutional criminal procedure.

Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice

It takes two years to complete this graduate degree program's 36 units. Curriculum is offered in on-campus and online formats, and the program is intended for students who're working full-time. The courses for that program option are normally offered on Saturdays. Some of the graduate classes students can expect to take here include advanced criminological theory, criminal justice policy, and criminal justice diversity, values and ethics.

Other School Options

Los Angeles Harbor College has certificate and associate's degree programs available in the administration of justice and is located 9.9 miles away from Gardena's downtown area, while West Los Angeles College is 12.6 miles off and offers an administration of justice associate's degree program and several related career skills certificate programs.

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