Certificate Programs

Certificates may be earned by regularly matriculated or extended learning students and denote successful completion of a prescribed program of study designed to a) impart specified professional/vocational/career competencies; or b) produce mastery of the content of a sub-field of an academic major (discipline); or c) provide exposure to the range of materials in a traditional or emerging interdisciplinary field. Candidates must receive two-thirds of their certificate-applicable credit from the university. The transferring of credit or the substitution of courses may occur only after application to the appropriate campus authority. See Page 60 for further certificate requirements.

Certificate in Criminal Justice

Certificate Requirements (32 units)

  1. CJUS 101. Introduction to the Criminal Justice System (4)
  2. CJUS 102. Criminal Law (4)
  3. CJUS 320. Theories of Crime and Delinquency (4)
  4. CJUS 330. Correctional Theory and Institutions (4)
  5. CJUS 340. Police and Police Systems (4)
  6. CJUS 370. Law and the Courts (4)
  7. Eight units chosen from upper-division electives in criminal justice.

Certificate in Paralegal Studies

Certificate Requirements (92 units)

General Education (28 units)

  1. Four units chosen from:
    • ENG 104A. Stretch Composition III (4)
    • ENG 104B. Stretch Composition III for Multilingual Students (4)
    • ENG 106. Accelerated Stretch Composition II (4)
    • ENG 107. Advanced First-Year Composition (4)
  2. Four units chosen from:
    • MATH 110. College Algebra (4)
    • MATH 115. The Ideas of Mathematics (4)
    • MATH 120. Pre-Calculus Mathematics (4)
    • MATH 211. Basic Concepts of Calculus (4)
  3. Four units chosen from:
    • COMM 180. Critical Thinking Through Argumentation (4)
    • MATH 180. Critical Thinking Through Applications of Mathematical Logic (4)
    • PHIL 200. Critical Thinking Through Symbolic Logic (4)
    • PSYC 105. Critical Thinking Through Problems Analysis (4)
    • SOC 180. Critical Thinking about Social Problems (4)
  4. PSCI 203. American Government (4)
  5. SSCI 306. Expository Writing in the Social Sciences (4)
  6. Integrative Capstone in the Social and Behavioral Sciences
    • Four units chosen from:
    • SSCI 300. Nonwestern World (4)
    • SSCI 304. Contemporary Latin America (4)
    • SSCI 315. Cultural Adaptation: The Quest for Survival (4)
    • SSCI 316. Race and Racism (4)
    • SSCI 320. Understanding Capitalism (4)
    • SSCI 321. Urbanization and the Urban Environment (4)
    • SSCI 325. Perspectives on Gender (4)
    • SSCI 345. Religious Expression in America (4)
    • SSCI 350. Roots of Modern Racism in America (4)
    • Note: Student may receive credit for only one of the following courses:
    • HUM 325. Perspectives on Gender
    • NSCI 325. Perspectives on Gender
    • SSCI 325. Perspectives on Gender
  7. Integrative Capstone in the Humanities
    • Four units chosen from:
    • HUM 319. Myth, Metaphor and Symbol (4)
    • HUM 325. Perspectives on Gender (4)
    • HUM 328. Asian Cultural Traditions (4)
    • HUM 330. Arts and Ideas (4)
    • HUM 335. The Origin and Contemporary Role of Latino Culture (4)
    • HUM 340. Interpretation and Values (4)
    • HUM 344. Ideas in American Culture (4)
    • HUM 350. The Cultures of American Childhood (4)
    • HUM 370. African Heritage in the Arts (4)
    • HUM 375. The World of Islam (4)
    • HUM 380. Comparative Studies in the Arts: East and West (4)
    • HUM 385. A Cultural History of Fashion (4)
    • Note: Student may receive credit for only one of the following courses:
    • HUM 325. Perspectives on Gender
    • NSCI 325. Perspectives on Gender
    • SSCI 325. Perspectives on Gender

Legal Speciality (36 units)

  1. Required courses (20 units)
    • PLST 100. Introduction to Law (4)
    • PLST 371. Contract Law (4)
    • PLST 372. Tort Law (4)
    • PLST 385. Legal Research (4)
    • PLST 386. Legal Writing (4)
  2. Elective courses (16 units)
    • A minimum of eight units must be taken from the following:
    • PLST 370. Wills, Estates and Trusts (4)
    • PLST 373. Property Law (4)
    • PLST 376. Family Law (4)
    • PLST 377. Fundamentals of Litigation (4)
    • PLST 378. Corporate Law (4)
    • PLST 575. Internship in Paralegal Studies (4)
    • PLST 590. Topics in Paralegal Studies (4)
    • PLST 595. Independent Study (1-4)
    • No more than eight units taken from the following may count towards the major:
      • ACCT 211. Introductory Accounting I (4)
      • BIOL 223. Human Physiology and Anatomy I (5)
      • CJUS 370. Law and the Courts (4)
      • CJUS 504. Criminal Procedure (4)
      • COMM 311. Business and Professional Communication (4)
      • COMM 441. Interviewing (4)
      • COMM 522. Mediation Theory and Practice (4)
      • PSCI 410. American Constitutional Law (4)
      • PSCI 500. International Law (4)

General Electives (28 units)

  1. Twenty-eight units chosen from upper-division courses in any field.

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