Requirements

B.A. IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Requirements (68 units)
Total units required for graduation: 180

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.

Requirements to enter the B.A. in Criminal Justice

  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:

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

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

Upper-division requirements (24 units)

  1. CJUS 311. Research Methods in Criminal Justice (4)
  2. CJUS 312. Statistics in Criminal Justice (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 598. Integrative Studies in Criminal Justice (4)

Electives (36 units)

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.

  1. Thirty-six units chosen from:
    • CJUS 106. Introduction to Criminal Investigation (4)
    • CJUS 354. Victimology (4)
    • CJUS 370. Law and the Courts (4)
    • CJUS 430. Correctional Administration (4)
    • CJUS 431. Community Corrections (4)
    • CJUS 435. Correctional Counseling (4)
    • CJUS 440. Police Administration (4)
    • CJUS 441. Community Policing (4)
    • CJUS 451. Women and Crime (4)
    • CJUS 452. Occupational and Corporate Crime (4)
    • CJUS 453. Gangs (4)
    • CJUS 455. Forensic Profiling (4)
    • CJUS 460. Alcohol, Drugs and the Criminal Justice System (4)
    • CJUS 462. Domestic Violence and the Criminal Justice System (4)
    • CJUS 465. Hate Crime Law and Policy (4)
    • CJUS 466. Justice and the Media (4)
    • CJUS 470. Environmental Crime Prevention (4)
    • CJUS 504. Criminal Procedure (4)
    • CJUS 550. Crime and Intelligence Analysis (4)
    • CJUS 554. Terrorism (4)
    • CJUS 555. Homeland Security (4)
    • CJUS 570. Crime in Public Spaces (4)
    • CJUS 575. Internship in Criminal Justice (4)
    • CJUS 580. Juvenile Justice System (4)
    • CJUS 585. Criminality Across the Life Course (4)
    • CJUS 590. Topics in Criminal Justice (4)
    • CJUS 595. Independent Study (1-4) for a total of (4)
    • CJUS 596. Peer Advising in Criminal Justice (2)
    • CJUS 597. Senior Honors Project (4)
    • 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.

B.A. IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE - CRIME ANALYSIS OPTION

Requirements (98 units)
Total units required for graduation: 180

Requirements for the B.A. in Criminal Justice - Crime Analysis Option

Lower-division requirements, prerequisites for upper-division courses (26 units)

  1. CJUS 101. Introduction to the Criminal Justice System (4)
  2. CJUS 102. Criminal Law (4)
  3. CJUS 106. Introduction to Criminal Investigation (4)
  4. GEOG 100. Introduction to Human Geography (4)
  5. GEOG 103. Physical Geography (5)
  6. GEOG 202. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Cartography (5)

Upper-division requirements (32 units)

  1. CJUS 311. Research Methods in Criminal Justice (4)
  2. CJUS 312. Statistics in Criminal Justice (4)
  3. CJUS 455. Forensic Profiling (4)
  4. CJUS 470. Environmental Crime Prevention (4)
  5. CJUS 550. Crime and Intelligence Analysis (4)
  6. CJUS 570. Public Space and Crime (4)
  7. CJUS 575. Internship in Criminal Justice (4)
  8. CJUS 595. Independent Study (4)

Electives (40 units)

  1. Twelve units chosen from:
    • CJUS 320. Theories of Crime and Delinquency (4)
    • CJUS 340. Police and Police Systems (4)
    • CJUS 452. Occupational and Corporate Crime (4)
    • CJUS 453. Gangs (4)
    • CJUS 504. Criminal Procedure (4)
    • CJUS 554. Terrorism (4)
    • CJUS 555. Homeland Security (4)
    • CJUS 585. Criminality Across the Life Course (4)
  2. At least 20 units chosen from:
    • GEOG 201. Map Interpretation (4)
    • GEOG 305. Geographic Statistics and Research Methods (4)
    • GEOG 306. Remote Sensing of Environment (4)
    • GEOG 307. Transportation Issues and Development (4)
    • GEOG 308. Advanced Geographic Information Systems (5)
    • GEOG 312. Geography of the Developing World (4)
    • GEOG 313. Geography of the Developed World (4)
    • GEOG 322. United States and Mexico Border Issues (4)
    • GEOG 341. Military Geography (4)
    • GEOG 402. Geographic Information Systems Applications (5)
    • GEOG 406. Digital Image Processing (4)
    • GEOG 420. Geography of Economic Activity (4)
  3. At least eight units from:
    • CSE 125. Programming in Visual Basic (4)
    • CSE 136. HTML Programming (2)
    • CSE 201. Computer Science I (4)
    • CSE 202. Computer Science II (4)
    • CSE 298. Application Software Topics (2)
    • CSE 322. Web Page Programming (4)
    • CSE 330. Data Structures (4)
    • Or at least eight units from:
    • ACCT 211. Introductory Accounting I (4)
    • ACCT 212. Introductory Accounting II (4)
    • IST 101. Introduction to Information Technology (4)
    • IST 274. Data Base Management and Policies (4)
    • IST 275. Information Networking and Security (4)
    • IST 309. Information Systems and Technology (4)
    • Note: Students transferring from community colleges may substitute a maximum of eight units selected from geography courses and four units of CSE, IST, or ACCT toward the electives category

B.A. IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE - PARALEGAL STUDIES OPTION

Requirements (68 units)
Total units required for graduation: 180

Requirements for the B.A. in Criminal Justice - Paralegal Studies Option:

Lower-division requirements, prerequisites for upper-division courses (12 units)

  1. CJUS 101. Introduction to the Criminal Justice System (4)
  2. CJUS 102. Criminal Law (4)
  3. PLST 100. Introduction to Law (4)

Upper-division requirements (24 units)

  1. CJUS 311. Research Methods in Criminal Justice (4)
  2. CJUS 312. Statistics in Criminal Justice (4)
  3. PLST 371. Contract Law (4)
  4. PLST 372. Tort Law (4)
  5. PLST 385. Legal Research (4)
  6. PLST 386. Legal Writing (4)

Electives (32 units)

Note: Students transferring from community colleges may substitute a maximum of eight lower-division units selected from paralegal courses toward the electives category.

  1. Thirty-two units chosen from:
    • CJUS 370. Law and the Courts (4)
    • CJUS 504. Criminal Procedure (4)
    • 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) for a total of (4)
    • A maximum of eight units may be chosen from the following:
      • ACCT 211. Introductory Accounting I (4)
      • BIOL 223. Human Physiology and Anatomy I (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)

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