Course Descriptions for Criminal Justice

Lower Division

CJUS 101. Introduction to the Criminal Justice System

A descriptive overview of the adult and juvenile justice system, from the commission of crimes and offenses through sentencing and appeal procedures. Criminal justice standards and goals and the relationship of the social and behavioral sciences to criminal justice will be emphasized. Prerequisite: Declared major or minor in criminal justice or social work (4 units)

CJUS 102. Criminal Law

Historical development of criminal law and its contemporary application. Focus on the interrelationship between criminal law and the criminal justice system. (4 units)

CJUS 106. Introduction to Criminal Investigation

Examination of crime, evidence and police procedures in investigating crime. Investigation of crime, including organized crime, street crime and white collar crime. (4 units)

Upper Division

Note: CJUS 101 and 102 are prerequisites for all upper-division courses.

CJUS 311. Research Methods in Criminal Justice

Introduction to scientific methodology and research designs used to conduct basic and applied research in the criminal justice field. Emphasis on scientific operationalization, survey methodology, and concepts of evaluation design. Prerequisite: CJUS 320. (4 units)

CJUS 312. Statistics in Criminal Justice

Introduction to statistical reasoning and social science statistics commonly used in criminal justice. Includes descriptive, inferential and predictive statistics, with emphasis on interpretation rather than calculation. Prerequisites: CJUS 311 and MATH 110 or 115 or equivalent. (4 units)

CJUS 320. Theories of Crime and Delinquency

Causes of crime and delinquency with emphasis on sociological factors. (4 units)

CJUS 330. Correctional Theory and Institutions

History and theory of punishment; overview of history of correctional institutions; analysis and evaluation of contemporary institutional corrections; consideration of research concerning correctional institutions. (4 units) Prerequisites: CJUS 320 with a grade of C- or better.

CJUS 340. Police and Police Systems

Analysis of police, police systems and the police role; limitations imposed on law enforcement in a democratic society in accordance with the Constitution; problems affecting crime control and the interdependence of police and community. (4 units) Prerequisites: CJUS 320 with a grade of C- or better.

CJUS 354. Victimology

Victim role, criminal-victim relationships, and societal reaction to victimization, including crisis-intervention centers, court related victim/witness services, restitution and compensation. Prerequisite: CJUS 320. (4 units)

CJUS 370. Law and the Courts

Nature, functions, limitations and objectives of law, criminal courts, civil courts, the grand jury and petit jury, family law, and civil liability for police and correctional officers. Emphasis on practical legal problems confronting criminal justice system workers and administrators. (4 units)

CJUS 430. Correctional Administration

In-depth study of the administration and management of correctional agencies. Emphasis on organizational structure, functions and behavioral processes. Prerequisite: CJUS 330 or equivalent. (4 units)

CJUS 431. Community Corrections

Issues and trends in community based corrections; alternatives to incarceration including diversion, restitution, community treatment facilities, halfway houses, probation and parole, and such developments as house arrest and electronic surveillance. Special emphasis on the functions, strengths, and problems of community based programs. Prerequisite: CJUS 330. (4 units)

CJUS 435. Correctional Counseling

Examination of the history, theory and practice of counseling services within the correctional setting. Topics include rehabilitation (research and application of findings), limitations of counseling, legal liabilities of counselors, and the integration of treatment with other correctional goals. Prerequisite: CJUS 330. (4 units)

CJUS 440. Police Administration

In-depth study of the administration and management of law enforcement agencies. Emphasis on organizational structure, functions and behavioral processes. Prerequisite: CJUS 340 or equivalent. (4 units)

CJUS 441. Community Policing

Analysis of law enforcement strategies to secure cooperative police-community ventures aimed at enhancing community order and suppressing crime. Consideration of strategies designed to improve public relations. Prerequisite: CJUS 340 or equivalent. (4 units)

CJUS 451. Women and Crime

A critical study of women as offenders, victims and workers within the criminal justice system. (GE=G2) (4 units)

CJUS 452. Occupational and Corporate Crime

Definition, history, extent, causes, consequences and enforcement methods regarding white collar, occupational and corporate crime in business, the professions, corporations, unions and government. (4 units)

CJUS 453. Gangs

Gangs and the effects they have on society. Historical developments and recent trends. Review and evaluation of programs that attempt to prevent, intervene, and suppress gang activity.(4 units)

CJUS 455. Forensic Profiling

Forensic techniques used to aid legal authorities in identifying suspects and acquiring evidence toward solving crimes. Forensic profiles in various criminal justice components, such as law enforcement activities and jury selection. Formerly a topic under CJUS 590. (4 units)

CJUS 460. Alcohol, Drugs, and the Criminal Justice System

Study of the history and development of criminal justice policy concerning alcohol and illegal drugs; consideration of the manufacture, importation, distribution of illegal drugs; particular emphasis placed on the impact of alcohol and illegal drug use on communities and the criminal justice system. (4 units)

CJUS 462. Domestic Violence and the Criminal Justice System

Examination of violence in the family setting, including spousal abuse, child abuse and elder abuse; consideration of legal issues and of short term consequences for individuals, families and the community; response and responsibilities of the criminal justice system. (4 units)

CJUS 465. Hate Crime Law and Policy

Analysis of the characteristics, prevalence, causes, and types of hate crimes in the United States. In addition, case law and statutes relating to hate crimes will be examined. (4 units)

CJUS 466. Justice and the Media

Examination of the relationship between criminal justice and the media, including consideration of the impact of the media on attitudes and perceptions of crime and criminals, the relationship of the media and crime control, and the impact of the media on the operations of the agencies in the criminal justice system. (4 units)

CJUS 470. Environmental Crime Prevention

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) and Situational Crime Prevention used by criminal justice agencies, community planners and architects, to increase security of public and private facilities (4 units)

CJUS 504. Criminal Procedure

Examination of the rules governing evidence and criminal procedure. 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 working in the criminal justice system. Formerly CJUS 304. Prerequisites: CJUS 370. (4 units)

CJUS 550. Crime and Intelligence Analysis

Analysis of crime and intelligence data with current computer applications in order to assist criminal investigations, examine crime patterns and resolve community crime problems. Analytical techniques including centrality and key player metrics (social network analysis), crime hotspots (geographic info technology), telephone toll analysis, crime series investigation, forecasting and temporal analysis. Prerequisites: CJUS 311 and 312 or equivalent and CJUS 470. (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 556. Transnational Organized Crime

Overview of transnational crime and corruption and effects on the political, economic, and social development of countries around the world. Topics include international justice, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and war crimes. Formerly a topic under CJUS 590. Prerequisite: CJUS 320. (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 575. Internship in Criminal Justice

Prerequisites: Major in Criminal Justice and consent from Internship Coordinator prior to starting internship supervised work and study in private or public organizations. May be repeated once for credit. (Only four units of CJUS 575 may be applied to the Criminal Justice major) Graded credit/no credit (4 units)

CJUS 580. Juvenile Justice System

History, development and theory of the juvenile justice system. Prerequisite: CJUS 320. (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. Prerequisite: CJUS 320. (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)

CJUS 595. Independent Study

In-depth research into special topics concerned with the criminal justice system utilizing readings, library and/or field research. May be repeated for credit for a total of eight units; only four may be used in the major. Prerequisites: a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0, consent of instructor and department chair's approval of a written proposal of a project submitted on a standard application filed in advance of the quarter in which the course is to be taken. (1 to 4 units)

CJUS 596. Peer Advising in Criminal Justice

Theory, training, and practice in the basic knowledge, skills, and abilities involved in academic peer advising six hours scheduled per week. A total of eight units may be applied toward graduation, four units may be applied as an upper-division elective in the major. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: grade point average of 3.0 consent of instructor and department approval. (2 units)

CJUS 597. Senior Honors Project

Original research in an area of criminal justice studies, culminating in a major research report receiving approval of the criminal justice faculty. Enrollment limited to students whose formal application for departmental honors is approved. (4 units)

CJUS 598. Integrative Studies in Criminal Justice

Overview and integration of major issues in criminal justice. Cannot be counted toward the M.A. in Criminal Justice; however, it is a prerequisite for graduate students who do not have a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. Limited to senior and graduate students. Prerequisites: CJUS 311 and 320. (4 units)