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Criminal Justice Schools in Bakersfield, CA with Program Summaries

A few schools within 50 miles of Bakersfield, CA, have criminal justice degrees. Read an overview of three schools' programs, requirements and admission information and find out which school is the right one for you.

Bakersfield Schools with Criminal Justice Programs

Only three schools within a 55-minute drive of Bakersfield, California, offer degree programs in criminal justice. This article examines the programs at these schools, which offer only undergraduate studies in criminal justice. The article includes a table that allows students to compare the schools in several important aspects. There is also a little information about another school with a criminal justice program that is farther from Bakersfield.

  • An associate's degree in criminal justice is offered at Bakersfield College, which is within four miles of Bakersfield.
  • Also about six miles away is the California State University - Bakersfield, which has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice available.
  • At 26 miles away, Taft College is significantly farther out than the other two schools. Criminal justice majors there can pursue a certificate or an associate's degree.

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  • Corrections Admin
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  • Juvenile Corrections
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  • Securities Services Mgmt
  • Security and Theft Prevention Services

Comparison of Schools

Students must consider many factors, such as school size and tuition costs, when making decisions about their education. The following table makes it easy to compare facts about these three schools.

Bakersfield College California State University - Bakersfield Taft College
School Type 2-year; public 4-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 23,195* 10,131* 6,260*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Distant town
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $1,325 for in-state; $7,261 for out-of-state* $7,147 for in-state; $19,027 for out-of-state* $1,410 for in-state; $8,430 for out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receive Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 72%* 92%* 86%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open admissions* 61%* N/A - Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) N/A* 76%* 70%*
Graduation Rate 23% (Students began in fall 2011)* 41% (Students began in fall 2011)* 39% (Students began in fall 2014)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Bakersfield College

Some courses can be taken in an online format at this school.

Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice

The required major classes for this associate's degree program go over the following topics: criminal law, criminal profiling, scientific and forensic aspects of evidence and constitutional criminal procedure. There is also an introductory course on criminal justice. When students reach the elective requirements of the program, they may choose from courses including organized crime, criminal justice report writing, criminal investigations, juvenile justice system, parole and community corrections classes.

California State University - Bakersfield

A student club for criminal justice is located on campus for students to participate in at California State University - Bakersfield.

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

In order to get into this program, students must first complete an introduction class on criminal justice along with a sociology or psychology course and a statistics class. From there, the basic core of the program includes a senior seminar, advanced criminal law, criminal justice research methods and theoretical criminal justice perspectives. The program also allows for students to explore advanced issues in juvenile justice, corrections, policing and courts.

Taft College

Taft offers a certificate and two associate's programs in criminal justice, as well as an Associate in Science in Administration of Justice designed specifically for students wishing to transfer to a four-year program in their junior year. The latter degree guarantees a student transfer to California State University.

Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration - Corrections

A total of six courses must be completed to graduate with this certificate. Students start off with an introduction class before moving on to courses about criminal law concepts and supervision and control in corrections. The other classes in the program cover topics such as public safety communications, legal aspects of corrections and correctional counseling and interviewing.

Associate in Science in Criminal Justice Administration

This associate's degree program in criminal justice is available on its own or with a corrections specialization. Required courses cover such topics as investigations, evidence and the law, procedures for juveniles and arrest techniques. In addition to general education coursework, students may take electives in business, psychology, sociology and other topics. The corrections option requires students to take the six courses required for the corrections certificate.

Other School Options

Porterville College is about 50 miles out from downtown Bakersfield. The school offers an associate's degree program in the administration of justice.


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