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Criminal Justice

Be the Change You Wish to See

At Humphreys University, we educate motivated and determined students who desire a practical academic program. Our Criminal Justice program is designed specifically for busy adults – that’s why we offer our courses online, evenings, and in hybrid formats.

Our Criminal Justice professors are experts in their fields – chiefs of police, detectives, lawyers, and other specialists. Our professors understand what real-world experience to incorporate into the classroom. Because we keep our classes small – five to twenty students – you get the guidance and support you need to succeed.

The pace of our quarter system makes it easier to juggle the demands of life with each quarter lasting only 11 weeks. All the courses are clearly organized so you know what you need to do each week.

You can start the Criminal Justice program at the start of any of our four terms. Our quarters begin early October, January, April, and July. The application process is easy, and counselors are available walk you through the financial aid process.

We also grant quarter units for a C.A. Post Certificate or CDC Corrections Certificate; also, we are certified to present the Probation Officer Core Course where students earn an STC Certificate for Completion. Our bachelor’s degree program offers three concentrations to help students focus on their interests and enhance their skills. Our concentrations are: Law Enforcement or Corrections, Probation, and Parole; Law Enforcement; and Human Resources, Leadership, and Management (with a minimum cohort).

Students in our
Criminal Justice
Program will

A Humphreys University graduate with a baccalaureate in criminal justice will be able to demonstrate the following Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Ethical Behaviors: Analyze and apply ethical standards to evaluate behavior and the consequences of ethical failure for criminal justice professionals
  • Legal & Criminal Justice Systems: Demonstrate an understanding of the roots and sources of the American legal system, it’s structure and administration, while paying special attention to the foundations of procedural and substantive criminal law
  • Research & Investigation: Demonstrate the ability to evaluate and apply the appropriate research and investigatory techniques needed to solve social issues and crimes
  • Communication:  Develop and apply proficiency in observational and investigative report writing utilizing effective oral and written communication to include proper grammar and language skills
  • Critical Thinking: Analyze and evaluate a contemporary issue in criminal justice and present a creative solution that demonstrates critical thinking

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (181 Units)
Corrections, Probation, and Parole
Law Enforcement

Associate in Arts in Criminal Justice (97 Units)

Minor in Criminal Justice (28 Units) 


To learn more about degree requirements and courses offered in the Criminal Justice program, see pages 115-126 in our current Academic Catalog.

Meet Our Faculty


Sierra Brucia studied at St. Mary’s College and received his bachelor’s degree in Management. He then went on to get his Master of Arts in Organizational Behavior at American Military University. He also holds certification in MA Certificate, Supervisory Certificate, Advanced Certificate, and SWAT Post Certificate. Sierra Brucia has been captain of the Lodi Police Department for 24 years and an adjunct professor at Humphreys University for 12 years.


Shad Canestrino received his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice/Police Science from CSU Sacramento. He has been the Patrol Watch Commander for Lodi Police Department for 24 years and a ROP Instructor for 14 years. He also has been an adjunct professor for the Criminal Justice Department for four years.


Mrs. Gonzales is an instructor for the Criminal Justice department and the STC Core Probation Office Academy. She is an Assistant Deputy Chief Probation Supervisor for San Joaquin County Probation Department and has worked in the probation field since 1995. She is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, Corrections and her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from National University in Sacramento. Ms. Gonzales’ experience includes assignments in the Juvenile, Adult and Juvenile Detention Divisions and ranges from supervision, court, report writing, placement, pretrial and day reporting. Ms. Gonzales currently manages the Adult Division for her department.


Ms. Gonzales is an instructor for our Criminal Justice department. She is a Lieutenant for the Modesto Police Department where she serves as a Watch Commander. She earned her Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University. She is currently in CA POST Command College and is slated to attend the FBI National Academy in 2012. She started her career over 25 years ago and has worked in patrol, investigations, Internal Affairs, and training.


Mr. Reid is an instructor for our Criminal Justice department. He is Acting Captain for the Turlock Police Department, where he serves as a Watch Commander. He earned his Master of Science Degree from California State University, Long Beach in Emergency Service Administration. He is currently in CA POST Command College. He started his career over 22 years ago and has worked in patrol, investigations, and he currently is the supervisor for SWAT and Hostage Negotiations.


Mr. West is an instructor for the Criminal Justice department. He was the Chief of Police for the Stockton Unified School District Police Department. After a 24-year career in law enforcement (patrol, investigations, communications, and disaster planning), Mr. West has become a licensed private investigator. He attended Occidental College and the State University of New York at Purchase, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.


Mrs. Brown is an instructor for our Criminal Justice department and is a police officer with the Stockton Police Department, where she started her career in 2004. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration with a minor in Business Administration from National University, Sacramento in 2004. She also has earned her Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati in 2010.


Mr. Van Meter is an instructor for the Criminal Justice department. He has worked for the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office for 26 years and over 10 years as a Sergeant. He has worked as a supervisor on Patrol, Detectives, Custody (AWP), and in Courts. He earned a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Emergency Services Administration from Long Beach State University. He has over 10 years Custody experience with adult inmates and with juveniles during prior employment at the San Joaquin Juvenile Hall. He served 10 years as a Captain in the United States Army Reserve. He is a 2007 graduate of the POST Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SLI).

Why Choose Humphreys University?

Accreditation is important; Humphreys University is accredited by Western Association of Schools & Colleges Senior College & University Commission.

As a non-profit institution, we emphasize community, academics, and affordability, all while giving you the resources you need to succeed.

Courses are conveniently offered on our Stockton and Modesto campuses— evenings and online.

Applications for enrollment are accepted all year. Apply soon to begin during one of our upcoming quarters.

Get the aid you need for the degree you want. We offer grants (including Cal Grants), loans, scholarships, and work-study funds for qualifying students.

Support services are provided to all students. Including computer facilities, tutoring and library services, and career counseling.

Your Future in
Criminal Justice

Our programs are designed with your goals in mind. Our Criminal Justice graduates use their breadth of knowledge in critical thinking, report writing, and public speaking to pursue countless occupations in the field of law enforcement. Consider any of these careers in Criminal Justice:

• Police Officer

• Parole Officer

• Correctional Counselor

• Investigator

• Special Agent

• Deputy Sheriff

• Border Patrol Agent