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Criminal Justice

College of Health and Human Services

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Criminal Justice - Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (code CRIMBS01) (120 units)

The program in criminal justice offers the bachelor of science degree to individuals interested in seeking a comprehensive education leading to a professional career in criminal justice. The program is designed to accommodate the needs of new college students, the continuing student, the transfer student, and the experienced criminal justice practitioner. We now offer sufficient courses in the evenings for students to graduate with a degree in criminal justice without taking daytime classes.

Students intending to transfer from community colleges to this University for a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice are advised to complete general education requirements while attending the community college. Courses equivalent to CRJU 101, The Criminal Justice System in Society, and lower division cognate courses (SOC 100, PSY 100, POSC 100 and PHIL 170), should be taken while attending community college. Other criminal justice courses taken at community colleges will be accepted as lower division electives provided the college where they were taken designated them as transferable to CSU. These courses can not be substituted for upper division criminal justice courses.

Admission Under Impaction to the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

To be eligible for admission to the major in Criminal Justice, applicants must have met requirements for admission to the university as a freshman or transfer student. The number of applicants who can be admitted is limited by space availability. Eligible applicants will be selected for admission for admission based on cumulative GPA of 2.4. At least 30 units applicable to a CSULB degree must have been completed prior to the term for which an application for admission is submitted, and must include SOC 100, PSY 100, POSC 100 and PHIL 170. Applicants are also encouraged to complete CRJU 101 and CRJU 110.

Admission to the Major

To be eligible for admission to the major in criminal justice, applicants must have met requirements for admission to the university as a freshman or transfer student. Additionally, applicants to the major must have completed 30 units applicable toward a CSULB degree prior to the term for which the application to be a criminal justice major is submitted. It is highly recommended that our lower-division cognate courses be completed as part of these 30 units (SOC 100, PSY 100, POSC 100, and PHIL 170). The number of applicants who can be admitted is limited by space availability. Eligible applicants will be selected for admission based on cumulative grade point average with a minimum of 2.4.

Students intending to transfer from community colleges to this University for a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice are advised to complete general education requirements while attending the community college. Transfer students are also encouraged to complete our lower-division cognate courses (SOC 100, PSY 100, POSC 100, and PHIL 170) prior to matriculating as a Criminal Justice major. Courses equivalent to CRJU 101, Criminal Justice in Society, and CRJU 110, Introduction to Justice Research, Writing, and Reasoning, should also be taken while attending community college. Other criminal justice courses taken at community colleges will be accepted as lower division electives provided the college where they were taken designated them as transferable to CSU. These courses cannot be substituted for upper division criminal justice courses.

Requirements

  • 1. Major Course Requirements: Completion of forty-six (46) units of criminal justice as follows
    • A. Completion of thirty-four (34) units of the following required core classes: CRJU 101, 110, 301, 302, 303, 304, 320, 325, 330, 340, and 350.
    • B. Completion of three (3) units by taking one of the following restricted options courses: CRJU 401, 402, 403, 404, 406, or an approved 490 special topics course.
    • C. Completion of three (3) units by taking any upper-division elective criminal justice course (i.e., a course not in the required core or restricted options), or EMER 405.
    • D. Completion of six (6) units of an upper division integrative experience in one of the following three ways (note that options 2 and 3 require permission of a sponsoring faculty member):
      • 1. CRJU 492: Internship (6 units); or
      • 2. CRJU 497: Independent Study/Directed Research (3 units) and any 400-level CRJU elective; or
      • 3. CRJU 497: Independent Study/Directed Research (3 units) and CRJU 498: Thesis (3 units).

Each core or restricted option courses on the student's program planner must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. In addition, a course which a grade lower than "C" is received must be retaken and successfully completed prior to enrolling in a course for which it is a prerequisite. A student receiving a grade lower than a "C" may proceed with other courses with approval of the undergraduate advisor or department chair.

  • 2. Cognate Course Requirements: In addition to the 46 units of criminal justice coursework specified above, all students are required to take six cognate courses (18 units) in related disciplines: SOC 100, PSY 100, PSY 370I, POSC 100, PHIL 170, and either PHIL 352I or PHIL 451I. All six of these cognate courses satisfy CSULB General Education requirements. Thus, Criminal Justice students have a pathway towards meeting their General Education requirements in a thematic manner that is relevant to the study of Criminal Justice.

Minor in Criminal Justice (code CRIMUM01)

Requirements

The minor in criminal justice requires completion of a minimum of twenty-one (21) units as follows:

  1. Completion of eighteen (18) units of the following required core classes: CRJU 101, 110, 301, 302, 303, and 304.
  2. Completion of three (3) units by taking either CRJU 340 or 350.

All courses in the criminal justice minor must be taken for a letter grade only (A-F) and must be successfully completed with a grade of "C" of higher. CRJU 101 and CRJU 110 are prerequisites for all core courses at the 300-level. All 300-level courses must be taken in residence at CSULB and, therefore, may not be transferred in from other colleges or universities.

Admission to the Minor

The minor in criminal justice is available to any non-criminal justice major. Students who would like to declare and/or change to criminal justice as their minor must have an overall G.P.A. of 2.0 and be enrolled in or have completed CRJU 101 or an equivalent course at another college or university. Alternative admission requirements may apply during times when the department is impacted.