Course Descriptions for M.A. in Criminal Justice

Upper Division

CJUS 504. Criminal Procedure

Examination of the rules governing evidence and criminal procedure. Focus on the impact of statutes and case law on criminal justice system practitioners. Included are the 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th and 14th Amendments as they affect the accused, the convicted, and the employees of the criminal justice system. Formerly CJUS 304. Prerequisite: CJUS 102 and consent of instructor. (4 units)

CJUS 550. Crime and Intelligence Analysis

Analysis of existing criminal justice information systems and computer applications in order to assist criminal investigations, examine crime patterns and resolve community crime problems. Analytical techniques including link diagrams, telephone tolls, and visual investigations. Prerequisites: CJUS 311 and 312 or equivalent. (4 units)

CJUS 554. Terrorism

Characteristics and causes of terrorism emerging in the 21st century. An analysis from a criminal justice perspective of terror movements affecting the United States covering legal issues, investigations, and criminal profile. (4 units)

CJUS 555. Homeland Security

Examination of homeland security events including radiological, biological and chemical events. Emphasis will be given to prevention, preparedness, and response. The roles of local, state and federal agencies are examined. (4 units)

CJUS 570. Crime in Public Spaces

Field research on the interrelationship between the built urban environment and crime. Involvement in a community project to study public places that generate and attract crime in order to develop creative solutions. Prerequisite: CJUS 311. (4 units)

CJUS 580. Juvenile Justice System

History, development and theory of the juvenile justice system. Formerly CJUS 353 and 380. (4 units)

CJUS 585. Criminality Across the Life Course

Examination of factors influencing criminality across the life span from prenatal to elderly stages of life; emphasis on physiological, developmental, social and environmental factors. Formerly a topic under CJUS 590. (4 units)

CJUS 590. Topics in Criminal Justice

Special topics in criminal justice. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor as topics change. Prerequisite: junior, senior or graduate standing. (Credit to be arranged: 1 to 4 units)


Note: May not be taken by undergraduate students.

CJUS 604. Advanced Techniques of Basic and Applied Research in Criminal Justice

The application of scientific methods used as a means for inquiry, description and analysis of crime and the behavior of the criminal justice system. Prerequisite: CJUS 311 with a grade of "C" or better or consent of instructor. (4 units)

CJUS 605. Proseminar in Criminal Justice

Overview of contemporary research and literature across the criminal justice field. Topics will include current writings and research on crime, police, courts and corrections. (4 units)

CJUS 606. Statistical Analysis in Criminal Justice

Quantitative analytical techniques for criminal justice data. Emphasis will be placed on using and interpreting nonparametric and multivariate statistics. Prerequisite: CJUS 312 with a grade of "C" or better or consent of instructor. (4 units)

CJUS 607. Applying Criminological Theory to Criminal Justice

Analysis of social, behavioral and biochemical theories of crime, delinquency and victimization as they apply to criminal justice policy decisions. Examination of pertinent theoretical research and critique of theory formation. (4 units)

CJUS 608. Crime, Criminals and Victims

Relationships between general crime trends and emerging patterns of criminal activity, and the composition of the offender and victim populations. (4 units)

CJUS 629. Minorities in the Criminal Justice System

Roles and treatment of minority populations within the criminal justice system, including historical background, personnel and offender issues, current problems, needs and future directions. (4 units)

CJUS 630. Legal Issues in Criminal Justice

Tort actions against representatives of criminal justice agencies based on case law in the areas of general civil liability, prisoner rights, and administrative and management practices. (4 units)

CJUS 631. Seminar in Corrections

Exploration of topics in correctional administration including public opinion, civil rights, court intervention, system reform and the management of correctional personnel. (4 units)

CJUS 632. Seminar in Policing

Exploration of issues in police administration including public opinion, civil rights, court interventions, system reform and the management of police personnel. (4 units)

CJUS 640. Justice Policy and Administration. 4 Units.

Legal, philosophical, political and management influences that shape criminal justice policy. Focus on organization and management principles and leadership and human resource development as they apply to the justice system.

CJUS 641. Planning and Evaluation in Criminal Justice. 4 Units.

Prerequisites: CJUS 604 and CJUS 606

Focus on program planning and evaluation, as conducted by executive, managers, and planning oversight agencies. Course examines case studies and traditional evaluation designs including evaluating/assessing policies and programs, sampling techniques, and overviews of data collection techniques and statistical analysis.

CJUS 650. Directed Area Studies in Criminal Justice

Advanced study in a specific area selected by the student with the approval of the student's committee. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (Credit to be arranged: 1 to 4 units)

CJUS 686. Graduate Review in Criminal Justice

Assessment of graduate students' knowledge and understanding of criminal justice theory and practice. Required of all graduate students in criminal justice master's program. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisite: advancement to candidacy. (1 unit)

CJUS 698. Continuous Enrollmentfor Graduate Candidacy Standing

Independent study leading to completion of requirements (other than course work) for the master's degree. To retain classified standing in the master's program, a student must enroll in 698 each quarter until the project or thesis is accepted or the comprehensive examination passed. Cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements. Students who enroll in 698 through the university have full use of all university facilities. See Page 370, Culminating Experience: Exam, Thesis, or Project. Prerequisites: advancement to candidacy and approval of program graduate coordinator or, if an interdisciplinary studies major, consent of the Dean of Graduate Studies. 698 is a variable unit course, see Page 43 for fee schedule. Earned units are not degree-applicable nor will they qualify for financial aid. (0-6 units)

CJUS 699. Thesis

Preparation of the thesis for the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice under the direction of a faculty member from the student's committee. CJUS 699B must be completed before credit will be awarded for 699A. Graded credit/no credit.
A. Prerequisite: Advancement to Candidacy (4 units)
B. Prerequisite: CJUS 699A (4 units)

CJUS 999. Comprehensive Examination

An assessment of the student's ability to integrate the knowledge of the area, show critical and independent thinking and demonstrate mastery of the subject matter. Prerequisites: advancement to candidacy, approval of department, completion of course work in the master's program, and in good academic standing. (0 units)