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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)

This program is designed to accommodate the needs of new college students, continuing students, transferring students, and experienced criminal justice practitioner. We offer sufficient courses in the evenings for students to graduate with this degree without taking daytime classes.

Students intending to transfer from community colleges to this University are advised to complete general education requirements while attending the community college. Courses equivalent to CRJU 101 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 cannot 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. Additionally, applicants must have completed 30 units applicable toward a CSULB degree. Of these 30 units, the following requirements must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher prior to the term for which the application is submitted: (1) SOC 100 or transfer equivalent; (2) PSY 100 or transfer equivalent; (3) POSC 100 or transfer equivalent; (4) PHIL 170 or transfer equivalent, and (5) CRJU 101 or transfer equivalent. Students who began their university studies as freshmen at CSULB must also have completed CRJU 110 with a grade of “C” or better; transfer students who have not completed an equivalent course must complete CRJU 110 in their first semester in residency at CSULB. Eligible applicants will be admitted for available spaces based on cumulative grade-point average (but with a minimum of 3.1).

Requirements

1. Major Courses: Take 46 units of criminal justice as follows:

A. Take 34 units of the following core courses:

  • CRJU 101 The Criminal Justice System in Society (3)
  • CRJU 110 Introduction to Justice Research, Writing, and Reasoning (3)
  • CRJU 301 Criminal Courts and Judicial Processes (3)
  • CRJU 302 Policing (3)
  • CRJU 303 Corrections: Theory, Policy, Practice Corrections (3)
  • CRJU 304 Criminological Theory (3)
  • CRJU 320 Criminal Justice Research Methods (3)
  • CRJU 325 Statistics for Criminal Justice (4)
  • CRJU 330 Criminal Justice Ethics, Values & Diversity (3)
  • CRJU 340 Substantive Criminal Law (3)
  • CRJU 350 Constitutional Criminal Procedure (3)

B. Take 3 units of the following restricted options courses:

  • CRJU 401, 402, 403, 404, 406, 407, or approved 490 special topic.

C. Take 3 units of any upper-division elective criminal justice course (i.e., course not in core or restricted options), or EMER 405 Campus and Community Volunteer Emergency Response (3)

D. Take 6 units of 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); or
  • 2. CRJU 497 Independent Study/Directed Research (3) and any 400-level CRJU elective; or
  • 3. CRJU 497 Independent Study/Directed Research (3) and CRJU 498 Thesis (3)

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 department advisor or chair.

2. Cognate Courses: Take 6 courses in related disciplines (these satisfy CSULB General Education requirements) from the following:

    • PHIL 170 Critical Reasoning (3)
    • POSC 100 Introduction to American Government (3)
    • PSY 100 General Psychology (3)
    • PSY 370 Abnormal Psychology (3)
    • SOC 100 Principles of Sociology (3)
  • and
    • PHIL 352I Philosophy of Law (3)
  • or
    • PHIL 451I Liberty and Justice: Race, Ethnicity & Gender in American Law (3)

Minor in Criminal Justice (code CRIMUM01)

Requirements

The minor requires a minimum of 21 units as follows:

  • 1. Take 18 units of the following core classes:
    • CRJU 101 The Criminal Justice System in Society (3)
    • CRJU 110 Intro to Justice Research, Writing & Reasoning (3)
    • CRJU 301 Criminal Courts and Judicial Processes (3)
    • CRJU 302 Policing (3)
    • CRJU 303 Theory, Policy, Practice Corrections (3)
    • CRJU 304 Criminological Theory (3)
  • 2. Take 3 units of one of the following:
    • CRJU 340 Substantive Criminal Law (3)
    • CRJU 350 Constitutional Criminal Procedure (3)

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.

Minor in Forensic Studies (code CRIMUM02)

This minor provides students with an understanding of the nature of criminal evidence and an appreciation of how forensic investigative methods are used in quest for justice. It is particularly useful for students majoring in engineering, the natural sciences, the social sciences, art, and various human services disciplines. The minor may be combined any major at CSULB, although criminal justice majors may not “double count” CRJU 230, 412, 430, 440, 441, 442, 443, 490, or 492 for credit towards their major elective courses and the minor in forensic studies.

Requirements

The minor in forensic studies requires completion of a minimum of twenty-seven (27) units as follows:

1. Completion of six (6) units of the following required prerequisite courses with grades of “C” or higher:

  • CRJU 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice in Society (3)
  • CRJU 110 Introduction to Justice Research, Writing, and Reasoning (3)

2. Completion of fifteen (15) units of the following required core classes:

  • CRJU 230 Survey of the Forensic Sciences (3)
  • CRJU 301 Criminal Courts and Judicial Processes (3)
  • CRJU 350 Constitutional Criminal Procedure (3)
  • CRJU 412 Criminal Investigation (3)
  • CRJU 440 Criminalistics: Forensic Science in the Crime Laboratory (3)

3. Completion of six (6) units of forensic electives from the following options: CRJU 430, 441, 442, 443, 490, 492 or any approved applied forensics courses offered in a related discipline.

Each course in the minor must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. In addition, a course in 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.

Students who would like to declare the minor in forensic studies must have completed the two prerequisite courses (CRJU 100, 110) and have an overall G.P.A. of 2.5. Alternative admission requirements may apply during times when the department is impacted.