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Requirements of the B.S. in Criminal Justice

48 units of Criminal Justice Courses
and
18 Units of Cognate Courses that Satisfy University General Education Requirements

I. Required Criminal Justice Courses (all eleven of the following courses totaling 36 units)
Course Number Course Name Prerequisites Former CRIM Course Equivalent
CRJU 101

Criminal Justice and Society (3)

1 GE Foundations Course
(may be taken concurrently)

CRIM 101

CRJU 110

Justice Research, Writing, and Reasoning (3)

ENGL 100

None;
New Course

CRJU 301

Criminal Courts and Judicial Processes (3)

CRJU 101 (or CRIM 101) &
CRJU 110 (may be taken concurrently)

CRIM 351

CRJU 302

Policing (3)

CRJU 101 (or CRIM 101) &
CRJU 110 (may be taken concurrently)

CRIM 483

CRJU 303

Corrections: Theory, Policy, and Practice (3)

CRJU 101 (or CRIM 101) &
CRJU 110 (may be taken concurrently)

CRIM 468

CRJU 304

Criminological Theory (4)

CRJU 101 (or CRIM 101) &
CRJU 110

CRIM 404

CRJU 320

Criminal Justice Research Methods (4)

CRJU 304
(or CRIM 404)

CRIM 480

CRJU 325

Statistics for Criminal Justice (4)

CRJU 320
(or CRIM 480)

CRIM 303

CRJU 330

Criminal Justice Ethics, Values, and Diversity (3)

CRJU 302 (or CRIM 483) &
CRJU 303 (or CRIM 468)

CRIM 305

CRJU 340

Substantive Criminal Law (3)

CRJU 301
(or CRIM 351)

CRIM 151

CRJU 350

Constitutional Criminal Procedure (3)

CRJU 301
(or CRIM 351)

CRIM 451

 

II. Required, Restricted Options Course (any one of the following courses totaling 3 or 4 units)
Course Number Course Name Prerequisites Former CRIM Course Equivalent
CRJU 401

Victimology (3)

CRJU 304

CRIM 373

CRJU 402

Crime and Inequality (3)

CRJU 304

None;
New Course

CRJU 403

Comparative Criminal Justice
and Transnational Crime (3)

CRJU 304

CRIM 484

CRJU 404

Terrorism, Homeland Security,
and Criminal Justice (3)

CRJU 304

None;
New Course

CRJU 405 Crime Analysis (4) CRJU 304, 320 & 325 None;
New Course
CRJU 406

Delinquency and the Juvenile Justice System (3)

CRJU 304

CRIM 487

CRJU 407

White Collar Crime (3)

CRJU 304

None;
New Course

CRJU 408 Serial Killers & Psychopaths: The Psychology of the Criminal Mind (3) CRJU 304 None;
New Course

 

III. Criminal Justice Elective Course (any one or more of the following courses totaling 3 units)
Course Number Course Name Prerequisites Former CRIM Course Equivalent
CRJU 401

Victimology (3)
(only if not used to satisfy restricted option)

CRJU 304

CRIM 373

CRJU 402

Crime and Inequality (3)
(only if not used to satisfy restricted option)

CRJU 304

None;
New Course

CRJU 403

Comparative Criminal Justice
and Transnational Crime (3)
(only if not used to satisfy restricted option)

CRJU 304

CRIM 484

CRJU 404

Terrorism, Homeland Security,
and Criminal Justice (3)
(only if not used to satisfy restricted option)

CRJU 304

None;
New Course

CRJU 405 Crime Analysis (4)
(only if not used to satisfy restricted option)
CRJU 304, 320 & 325 None;
New Course
CRJU 406

Delinquency and the Juvenile Justice System (3)
(only if not used to satisfy restricted option)

CRJU 304

CRIM 487

CRJU 407

White Collar Crime (3)
(only if not used to satisfy restricted option)

CRJU 304

None;
New Course

CRJU 408 Serial Killers & Psychopaths: The Psychology of the Criminal Mind (3) CRJU 304 None;
New Course
CRJU 410

Police Administration (3)

CRJU 302

CRIM 325

CRJU 412

Criminal Investigation (3)

CRJU 302

CRIM 361

CRJU 420

Legal Aspects of Corrections (3)

CRJU 303

CRIM 356

CRJU 421

Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections (3)

CRJU 303

CRIM 470

CRJU 423

Correctional Environments (3)

CRJU 303

CRIM 369

CRJU 430

Criminal Evidence and Trials (3)

CRJU 301, CRJU 340, and CRJU 350, or permission of the instructor

None;
New Course

CRJU 440

Criminalistics: Forensic Science
and the Crime Laboratory (3)

CRJU 230
or permission of the instructor

CRIM 462

CRJU 441

Investigating High-Tech Crimes (2)

CRJU 230
or permission of the instructor

CRIM 463

CRJU 442

Forensic Psychology and the Criminal Justice System (3)

CRJU 301 or permission of the instructor

None;
New Course

CRJU 443

Forensic Pathology:
The Medical-Legal Investigation of Death (3)

CRJU 230
or permission of the instructor

None;
New Course

CRJU 450

Criminal Justice Response to Domestic Violence (3)

CRJU 304

CRIM 492

CRJU 460

Substance Abuse and the Criminal Justice System (3)

CRJU 304

CRIM 339

CRJU 461 Sex, Sexuality, Crime, and Punishment (3) CRJU 304 None;
New Course
CRJU 470 Qualitative Approaches to Criminal Justice Research CRJU 304 None;
New Course
CRJU 490 Advanced Special Topics in
Criminology and Criminal Justice (3)
Varies
CRIM 499

 

IV. Integrative Experience (any one of the following Four options totaling at Least 6 units)
Course Number Course Name Prerequisites Former CRIM Course Equivalent

Internship Option


This is the standard way of completing the CRJU integrative experience requirement.

CRJU 492: Internship (6 units)

Completion of 300-Level Core -- CRJU 301, 302, 303, 304, 320, 325, & 330 (or their CRIM equivalents), and permission of the Internship Coordinator.

CRIM 495

Registration Note: The deadline for registering for an internship is two weeks (14 days) prior to the start of a semester (fall, spring, or summer).

Independent Study Option

CRJU 497: Independent Study (3 units)

and

Any 400-Level Course Not Used to Satisfy Any Other Requirement (3 units)

Completion of 300-Level Core -- CRJU 301, 302, 303, 304, 320, 325, & 330 (or their CRIM equivalents), and permission of the instructor.

 

Varies by Course

CRIM 490

 

 

Varies

Registration Note: The deadline for registering for an independent study is two weeks (14 days) prior to the start of a semester (fall, spring, or summer).

Experiential Learning Option

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Any 400-Level Course Not Used to Satisfy Any Other Requirement (3 units)

and

Any one of the following experiential learning courses:

  • CRJU 405: Crime Analysis (4) [offered in fall only]
  • CRJU 423: Correctional Environments (3) [offered in winter and May sessions only]
  • CRJU 430: Criminal Evidence and Trials (3) [offered periodically in spring]
  • CRJU 440: Criminalistics (3) [offered in fall and periodically in spring]
  • CRJU 441: Investigating High-Tech Crimes (3) [offered in spring only]
  • CRJU 470: Qualitative Approaches to Criminal Justice Research (3) [offered periodically] or
  • An approved upper-division CRJU travel-study course (3) [offered in summer]

Varies by Course

Varies
Research
and
Thesis Option

CRJU 497: Independent Study (3 units)

and

CRJU 498: Senior Thesis (3 units)

Completion of 300-Level Core -- CRJU 301, 302, 303, 304, 320, 325, & 330 (or their CRIM equivalents) -- with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and permission of the instructor.

CRIM 490

 

None;
New Course

Registration Note: The deadline for registering for an independent study or for senior thesis is two weeks (14 days) prior to the start of a semester (fall, spring, or summer).

 

V. Required, Cognate Courses (all of the following General Education courses totaling 18 units)
Course Number Course Name Prerequisites
SOC 100

Principles of Sociology (3)
[Gen Ed D.2.]

Any GE Foundation Course
(may be taken concurrently)

PSY 100

General Psychology (3)
[Gen Ed D.2.]

ENGL 100
(may be taken concurrently)

PSY 370

Abnormal Psychology (3)
[Gen Ed E.]

Completion of the GE Foundation, PSY 100, and completion of a minimum of 60 units.

POSC 100

Introduction to American Government (3)
[Gen Ed D.1.b.]

Any GE Foundation Course
(may be taken concurrently)

PHIL 170 Critical Reasoning (3)
[Gen Ed. A.3.]
Completion of GE Foundation
Category A.1: Written English
(may be taken concurrently)
And any one of the following GE Interdisciplinary Capstone Courses:
 

CDFS 319I

Family Stress & Coping (3) [GE E & Human Diversity] Completion of the GE Foundation; completion of a minimum of 60 units; and individual prerequisites as specified in the University Catalog.
or

CLSC 410I

Law and Literature in the Classical World (3) [GE C.2.a or C.2.b.]
or

GEOG 301I

The Urban Scene (3) [GE D.2.]
or

HIST 308I

Law and Civilization (3) [GE D.2.]
or

PHIL 352I

Philosophy of Law (3) [GE C.2.b.]
or

PHIL 451I

Liberty & Justice: Race, Ethnicity, & Gender in American Law (3) [GE C.2.b.]
or

PSY 350I

Psychology of Contemporary Social Issues (3) [GE D.2. & Human Diversity]
or

RGL 400I

Crime and Punishment in Literature (3) [GE C.2.a.]
or

SOC 335I

Social Psychology (3) [GE D.2.]

  1. Students who wish to declare the major in criminal justice must complete:
    • the GE foundation (GE A1 Writing; GE A2 Oral Communication; and GE B2 Mathematics);
    • all four lower-division cognate courses (SOC 100, PSY 100, POSC 100, and PHIL 170); and
    • both CRJU 101 and CRJU 110.
  2. All of the above courses must be completed with grades of "C" or higher. Press here to obtain the form to apply to become a criminal justice major after you have completed all nine (9) of these prerequisites for admission to the criminal justice major.

  3. All cognate classes "double count" insofar as they may be used to simultaneously satisfy the requirements of CSULB's General Education Program and the Department of Criminal Justice's cognate requirements. Thus, students are not required to take any additional courses, but rather will complete their GE requirements in a thematic way with courses related to the study of law and justice.

  4. While students should complete SOC 100, PSY 100, POSC 100, and PHIL 170 in their first-year in residence at CSULB, if possible, all four of these lower-division courses should be completed before taking any 300-Level or 400-Level Criminal Justice course. General Education (GE) Interdisciplinary Capstone classes must be taken in the junior or senior year after a minimum of 60 units have been completed.

  5. Press here to download roadmaps to completing the requirements for graduation on four-year, five-year, and six-year plans.

Notes:

  • 30 units are required to enroll in CRJU 301, 302, and 303.
  • 60 units are required to enroll in all CRJU courses numbered 304 and higher.
  • CRJU 101 (Introduction to Criminal Justice) is a prerequisite to all 300-level and 400-level courses.
  • CRJU 110 (Justice Research and Writing) must be taken either as a prerequisite to or concurrently with CRJU 301 (Courts), 302 (Policing), and/or 303 (Corrections).
  • CRJU 110 (Justice Research and Writing) is a prerequisite to all courses numbered 304 and higher.
  • CRJU 301 (Courts) is a prerequisite to CRJU 340 (Criminal Procedure) and 350 (Criminal Law).
  • CRJU 302 (Policing) and 303 (Corrections) are prerequisites to CRJU 330 (Ethics and Diversity).
  • CRJU 304 (Criminological Theory) is a prerequisite to CRJU 320 (Research Methods), although the classes may be taken concurrently if necessary.
  • CRJU 320 (Research Methods) is a prerequisite to CRJU 325 (Statistics).
  • Some 400-level elective courses require completion of the 30 units of core criminal justice courses as a prerequisite to enrollment.  Check the University Undergraduate Catalogue for details.
  • All students must complete at least 120 units to earn the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.
  • A grade of C or higher is required in all core and restricted options courses as well as in the integrative experience.
  • Students may not enroll in any integrative experience without having first completed the 30 units of requirements in the criminal justice core.
  • Lower-division courses will not be substituted for upper-division courses.
  • Students who took an approved, four-unit statistics course (see an advisor for details), may substitute any upper-division CRJU elective numbered 400-499 (not used to satisfy the requirements of the restricted options) in lieu of CRJU 325.
  • More than one restricted options course may be taken, and the additional units earned by taking additional restricted options course will count toward satisfying the Criminal Justice Upper-Division Elective Requirement.
  • Students may take CRJU 490 (Advanced Special Topics in Criminology and Criminal Justice) for up to 9 units provided that each topic is different.
  • Upper-division criminal justices courses from another four-year university may be substituted for CRJU requirements with the approval of an advisor or the department chair.
  • Consult the University Catalogue for the year in which you declared the major in Criminal Justice for a detailed explanation of all major and GE requirements, as well as descriptions of all courses.
  • Consult the College of Health and Human Services' Academic Advising & Resource Center ("AARC") for help with both General Education and major-related advising, including declaring the major, substituting courses, obtaining permits to register for classes, and conducting an audit of your degree progress.  AARC is located in HSD-117 and can be reached by phone at (562) 985-2691.

  • *See advisor for details