Course Offerings

CRIMINAL JUSTICE (CJUS)

Lower Division

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)
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)
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

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

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)
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)
320. Theories of Crime and Delinquency
Causes of crime and delinquency with emphasis on sociological factors. (4 units)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
451. Women and Crime
A critical study of women as offenders, victims and workers within the criminal justice system. (GE=G2) (4 units)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
504. Criminal Procedure
Examination of the rules governing criminal procedure. Impact of statutes and case law on criminal justice practitioners including 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. Prerequisite: CJUS 370. (4 units)
550. Crime and Intelligence Analysis
Analysis of existing criminal justice information systems with current 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
575. Internship in Criminal Justice
Supervised work and study in private or public organizations. Open only to criminal justice seniors. May be repeated for credit for a total of eight units; only four may be used in the major. If student completes more than one internship, the other internship must be completed in another agency. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: completion of four of six upper division criminal justice requirements, 2.5 grade point average in criminal justice and consent of instructor. (4 units)
580. Juvenile Justice System
History, development and theory of the juvenile justice system. Prerequisite: CJUS 320. (4 units)
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)
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. (1-4 units)
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. (1-4 units)
596. Peer Advising in Criminal Justice
Theory, training, and practice in the basic knowledge, skills, and abilities involved in academic peer advising. 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)
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)
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)

PARALEGAL STUDIES (PLST)

Lower Division

100. Introduction to Law
A general introduction to the law and the legal system. Focus will be on the role of the attorney and the paralegal within the legal system. (4 units)

Upper Division

370. Wills, Estates and Trusts
Study of law relating to the control and disposition of property inter vivos (between living persons) and after death, wills, intestate succession (descent and distribution), future interests and trusts, estates in land, principles of estate planning and administration of an estate. Prerequisites: PLST 385 and 386 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
371. Contract Law
Study of law relating to contract formation, formalities, performance and breach. Effect on a contractual relationship of various types of subsequent conduct by the contracting parties and remedies available for breach. Introduction to the Commercial Code of California. Prerequisites: PLST 385 and 386 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
372. Tort Law
Legal liability for wrongful interference with the person; tangible property, real and personal; intangible interests; and advantageous relations. Prerequisites: PLST 385 and 386 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
373. Property Law
Basic principles of law relating to various types of property interests: real and personal, tangible and intangible, public and private; acquisition; bailment; fixtures; deeds; escrow, recording and search of public documents and security instruments in connection with real property. Prerequisites: PLST 385 and 386 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
376. Family Law
Formation and dissolution of the family unit: custody, support, property rights and obligations. Prerequisites: PLST 385 and 386 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
377. Fundamentals of Litigation
Studies of trials at common law and in equity, including examination, competency and privileges of witnesses, judicial notice, burden of proof and presumptions; tactics of litigation, discovery, fact investigation, jurisdiction, remedies, civil procedure and drafting of pleadings. Prerequisites: PLST 385 and 386 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
378. Corporate Law
Legal status of the corporate entity, corporate structure and distribution of powers and duties among shareholders, directors and officers. Prerequisites: PLST 385 and 386 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
385. Legal Research
Methods of legal research techniques used to resolve legal questions. Introduction to law libraries and the various types and uses of legal materials available in the California and federal systems. (4 units)
386. Legal Writing
Introduction to the various forms and functions of legal writing using acquired research skills to apply and communicate, in writing, the law as it applies to a specific legal problem. Prerequisite: PLST 385 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
575. Internship in Paralegal Studies
Supervised work and study in public and private legal organizations. May be repeated for credit for a total of eight units; only four may be used in the major. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: completion of PLST 385 and 386, 16 additional units of paralegal certificate course work, and consent of paralegal studies coordinator. (4 units)
590. Topics in Paralegal Studies
Selected current issues and topics in the paralegal field. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisites: PLST 385 and 386. (1-4 units)
595. Independent Study
Special topics involving 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, PLST 385 and 386, consent of instructor and coordinator, approval of a written proposal of a project submitted in advance of the quarter in which the course is to be taken. (4 units)

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