B.A. Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Criminal Justice Department have any special admission requirements?

For Pre-Criminal Justice Majors, you must have a 2.3 GPA in the Pre-Major and a 2.5 GPA overall in order to be switched over to the full Criminal Justice Major.

Current non-majors and Transfer students wishing to declare Criminal Justice as a major must have an over 2.7 GPA before declaring Criminal Justice.

How difficult is it to enroll in the courses that I need to graduate?

The Department offers one to three sections of the required courses each quarter and most elective courses are offered every quarter.

Can I complete the Criminal Justice major by attending evening courses?

Yes. Although the Department offers more courses during the day than evening, every required Criminal Justice course is offered at night each year. Several electives are offered at night each quarter.

If I transfer from another college or university, will I lose credits or units?

Normally, students who transfer to CSUSB and major in Criminal Justice do not lose units in the major. The Admissions Office is responsible for considering general education courses. If you are transferring from an accredited four-year college, the Department counts your courses as if they were taken at CSUSB. If you transfer from a community or junior college, the Department only accepts courses that are equivalent to our lower division courses and three other community college courses as Criminal Justice electives.

How do I obtain academic advising?

Please contact the Mentor Advising Center (MAC) for Criminal Justice Academic Advising. You can reach the MAC at 909.537.5518 or by email at themac@csusb.edu.

You can also contact the Professional Advisor, Jessica Baker for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences for Criminal Justice Academic Advising. You can reach Jessica at jcbaker@csusb.edu.

How do I obtain career counseling?

Every member of the faculty is familiar with careers in criminal justice. However, several of them have specialties to better advise students about particular career fields. They are:

  • Police: Dr. Gaines and Dr. Famega
  • Law & Paralegal: Brian Levin, J.D.
  • Corrections: Dr. Weiss and Dr. Logan
  • Crime Analysis: Dr. Bichler
  • Graduate School: Dr. Schoepfer

Does the Department require that I have a minor in addition to the major?

No. However, there are ample general elective units in the major to allow a student to have a minor without having to take any or only a few units above the University requirement for the BA degree.

If I receive a D in a criminal justice course, do I have to repeat the course?

You must have a minimum of a C in the pre-Criminal Justice courses except CJUS 320 (you can have a C-). Otherwise, you must maintain a 2.0 grade point average in the major and in all your coursework in order to graduate.

Does Criminal Justice have any activities or clubs?

Yes, we have active Criminal Justice Club which is open to all Criminal Justice students. Trips to various facilities are scheduled. Dr. Norris is the club advisor, she can be reached at 909-537-5283 or by email (anorris@csusb.edu)