B.A. in Criminal Justice 2012-2014

A system of criminal justice must meet the needs of each citizen as well as the needs of complex social, economic and governmental institutions. The Bachelor of Arts degree program in criminal justice was developed with these needs in mind and is appropriate for both career-bound preservice students and inservice personnel in law enforcement, probation, parole, corrections, social service agencies and related areas.

In addition, the program is designed to provide students with an appropriate academic background for continuing their graduate studies in criminal justice, criminology or other areas such as law.

The criminal justice major is an interdisciplinary program with enough flexibility to permit students to pursue their own interests. For example, students wishing to emphasize law enforcement may select appropriate courses within the major and are encouraged to minor in administration, political science or sociology. Students directed toward probation, parole or corrections work are advised to select courses accordingly.

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Criminal Justice Course Descriptions

Requirements to enter the B.A. in Criminal Justice

As prerequisite for acceptance into the B.A. in Criminal Justice, students must complete the following as a “Pre-criminal justice major.” Upon successful completion of the requirements, student’s major will be changed automatically from “Pre-criminal justice” to “Criminal Justice” status. Following formal entrance to the criminal justice major, students may proceed with upper-division CJUS courses.

  1. Completion of the following:
    • General Education Basic Skills in English
    • One (1) of the following:
      • ENG 104. Stretch Composition III
      • ENG 106 Accelerated Stretch Composition II
      • ENG 107. Advanced First-Year Composition
    • General Education Basic Skills in Oral Communication
      • COMM 120. Oral Communication
    • General Education Basic Skills in Mathematics
      • One (1) of the following:
        • MATH 110. College Algebra
        • MATH 115. The Ideas of Mathematics
        • MATH 120. Pre-Calculus Mathematics
        • MATH 192. Methods of Calculus
        • MATH 211. Basic Concepts of Calculus
      • General Education Basic Skills in Critical Thinking
        • One (1) of the following:
        • PSYC 105. Critical Thinking Through Problem Analysis
        • SOC 180. Critical Thinking about Social Problems
        • MATH 180. Critical Thinking Through Applications of
        • Mathematical Logic
        • PHIL 105. Critical Thinking Through Argument Analysis
    Students are encouraged to take the above classes prior to taking the Criminal Justice classes below.
    • CJUS 101. Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
    • CJUS 102. Criminal Law
    • CJUS 320. Theories of Crime and Delinquency (with a grade no lower than ("C-" (1.7)

With the exception of CJUS 320, the grade earned in each of the above courses must be no lower than "C" (2.0).

Transfer students who are not bringing in the equivalent must take these classes prior to becoming a "Criminal Justice Major."

Requirements for the B.A. in Criminal Justice

Requirements (68 units)

Total units required for graduation: 180

Lower-division requirements-prerequisites for upper-division courses (8 units)

  1. CJUS 101. Introduction to the Criminal Justice System (4 units)
  2. CJUS 102. Criminal Law (4)

Upper-division requirements (24 units)

  1. CJUS 311. Research Methods in Criminal Justice (4 units)
  2. CJUS 312. Statistics in Criminal Justice (4 units)
  3. CJUS 320. Theories of Crime and Delinquency (4 units)
  4. CJUS 330. Correctional Theory and Institutions (4 units)
  5. CJUS 340. Police and Police Systems (4 units)
  6. CJUS 598. Integrative Studies in Criminal Justice (4 units)
  7. Note: Students transferring from community colleges may substitute a maximum of 12 lower-division units selected from administration of justice courses toward the electives category.

Electives (36 units)

  1. Thirty-six units chosen from:
    1. CJUS 106. Introduction to Criminal Investigation (4 units)
    2. CJUS 354. Victimology (4 units)
    3. CJUS 370. Law and the Courts (4 units)
    4. CJUS 430. Correctional Administration (4 units)
    5. CJUS 431. Community Corrections (4 units)
    6. CJUS 435. Correctional Counseling (4 units)
    7. CJUS 440. Police Administration (4 units)
    8. CJUS 441. Community Policing (4 units)
    9. CJUS 451. Women and Crime (4 units)
    10. CJUS 452. Occupational and Corporate Crime (4 units)
    11. CJUS 453. Gangs (4 units)
    12. CJUS 455. Forensic Profiling (4 units)
    13. CJUS 460. Alcohol, Drugs and the Criminal Justice System (4 units)
    14. CJUS 462. Domestic Violence and the Criminal Justice System (4 units)
    15. CJUS 465. Hate Crime Law and Policy (4 units)
    16. CJUS 466. Justice and the Media (4 units)
    17. CJUS 470. Environmental Crime Prevention (4 units)
    18. CJUS 504. Criminal Procedure (4 units)
    19. CJUS 550. Crime and Intelligence Analysis (4 units)
    20. CJUS 554. Terrorism (4 units)
    21. CJUS 555. Homeland Security (4 units)
    22. CJUS 570. Crime in Public Spaces (4 units)
    23. CJUS 575. Internship in Criminal Justice (4 units)
    24. CJUS 580. Juvenile Justice System (4 units)
    25. CJUS 585. Criminality Across the Life Course (4 units)
    26. CJUS 590. Topics in Criminal Justice (4 units)
    27. CJUS 595. Independent Study (1-4) for a total of (4 units)
    28. CJUS 596. Peer Advising in Criminal Justice (2 units)
    29. CJUS 597. Senior Honors Project (4 units)

    Note: With consent of department course substitution committee, eight upper-division units in related fields may be substituted for eight units of the elective requirement.