Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice


 
The Criminal Justice degree requires a minimum of 120 units, which includes courses for the major, General Education, all university requirements and free electives.  Effective Fall 2005, new Criminal Justice majors must achieve a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in all courses within the major curriculum to earn their bachelor's degree.

CATALOG YEAR

FALL 2013 or Later

 

For the major, every student must complete the core courses (21 units) and a minimum of 15 units from the elective curriculum and three units of a approved writing course.

 

Core Curriculum (21 Units)


  • CRJU 100: Crime, Law and Justice (3)
  • CRJU 300: Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
  • CRJU 310A: Criminal Law: Substantive (3)
  • CRJU 315: The Enforcement Function (3)
  • CRJU 330: Crime and Delinquency (3)
  • CRJU 340: Criminal Justice Research Methodology (3)
  • CRJU 345: Corrections (3)

 

Elective Curriculum (15 Units)


Students should select five criminal justice elective courses (CRJU) of their choice, based on personal or career interests.

 

Writing Requirement (3 Units)


  One of the following courses:

  • English 301 Advanced College Writing (3)
  • English 365 Legal Writing (3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

CATALOG YEAR

SPRING 2013 or earlier 

 

For the major, every student must complete the core courses (21 units) and a minimum of 12 units from the elective curriculum. In addition, each student is required to complete nine units in a correlated curriculum and three units of an approved writing course.

Core Curriculum (21 Units)


  •  CRJU 300: Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
  • CRJU 310A: Criminal Law: Substantive (3)
  • CRJU 315: The Enforcement Function (3)
  • CRJU 320: Introduction to Public Management and Policy (3)
  • CRJU 330: Crime and Delinquency (3)
  • CRJU 340: Criminal Justice Research Methodology (3)
  • CRJU 345: Corrections (3)

Elective Curriculum (12 Units)


Students should select four criminal justice elective courses (CRJU) of their choice, based on personal or career interests.

Correlated Curriculum (9 Units)


The purpose of this requirement is to allow for an awareness of the disciplines contributing to the creation of "criminal justice" as a separate subject. Upper-division courses in such fields as philosophy, political science, psychology and public administration are included. For a list of courses that can count in this regard, check with the Division office in University Hall 511. Courses not included on this list must be pre-approved by a criminal justice advisor.

Writing Requirement (3 Units)


One of the following courses:

  • English 301 Advanced College Writing (3)
  • English 365 Legal Writing (3)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE COURSES

Courses are designated as CRJU in the class schedule

 

CRJU 100 Crime, Law and Justice

Description: This course is a study of the foundational issues in the social sciences related to the study of crime in society, the legal system and the pursuit of justice Units: (3)

 


CRJU 300 Introduction to Criminal Justice

Description: Underlying ideological issues confronting America's system of criminal justice, with an emphasis on key concepts in conflict (law and order, rehabilitation vs. retribution, etc.) One or more sections offered online. Units: (3)

 


CRJU 310A Criminal Law: Substantive

Description: Prerequisite: Crim Just 300. General doctrines of criminal liability in the United States and the classification of crimes as against persons, property and the public welfare. Concept of governmental sanction of the conduct of the individual.
Units: (3)

 


CRJU 310B Criminal Law: Procedural

Description: Prerequisite: Crim Just 300. Legal problems associated with the investigation of crime, acquisition of evidence, commencement of a criminal proceeding, prosecution and defense of charges, sentencing and appeal. Development of existing procedures and examination of current efforts for reform.
Units: (3)

 


CRJU 315 Policing

Description: Prerequisite: Crim Just 300. Historical and philosophical development of the enforcement function at federal, state and local levels; community controls, political pressures and legal limitations pertaining to law enforcement agencies at each level of government; police policies and problems vis-à-vis the administration of justice as a system.
Units: (3)

 


CRJU/POSC 320 Introduction to Public Management and Policy

Description: Introduction to the field of public administration. The course emphasizes current trends and problems of public sector agencies in such areas as organization behavior, public budgeting, personnel, planning, and policy making. Examples and cases from the Criminal Justice field are emphasized.
Units: (3)

 


CRJU/POSC 322 Leadership for Public Service

Description: Conceptions of leadership as applied in governmental and nonprofit sectors. Types of leader; tools for leaders; leadership in public policy-making settings. Includes student project and extend leadership concepts; participation in CSUF Student Leadership Institute or similar activity.
Units: (3)

 


CRJU 330 Theories of Crimes and Delinquency

Description: Prerequisite: Crim Just 300. Overview and analysis of the evolving and conflicting purposes and practices associated with the topics of criminology, crime and delinquency, with an emphasis on contemporary strategies for the prevention, remediation and control of crime and delinquency.
Units: (3)

 


CRJU 340 Criminal Justice Research Methodology

Description: Prerequisite: Crim Just 300. Elementary statistics including descriptives, measurements and tests; data collection methods for effort evaluation and program prediction; systems analysis techniques.
Units: (3)

 


CRJU 345 Corrections

Description: Prerequisite: Crim Just 300. Overview and analysis of the evolving and conflicting purposes and practices associated with the adult corrections systems, with an emphasis upon contemporary strategies for treating/punishing offenders while incarcerated, as well as while in the community.
Units: (3)

 


CRJU 350 Writing for Criminal Justice

Description: Prerequisite: Crim Just 300. Principles of research and writing in criminal justice, including framing and clarifying research questions, using and assessing research resources and developing writing skills for criminal justice research. Meets upper-division writing requirement for Criminal Justice majors, or concentration elective.
Units: (3)

 


CRJU 385 Minorities and the Criminal Justice System

Description: Prerequisite: completion of General Education Category II and Category III.C.1; Crim Just 300 recommended. Introduction to the issues surrounding the charges of overt and indirect institutionalized racism in the criminal justice system. Overview of patterns of criminal behavior among minority groups in the U.S. will be discussed.
Units: (3)

 


CRJU 404 Capital Punishment

Description: Prerequisites: Crim Just 300 and upper division standing. Introduction to the issues relating to the use of capital punishment in the U.S., and focuses on the arguments in support of and opposition to the death penalty. (Same as Political Science 404)
Units: (3)

 


CRJU 405 Criminal Justice Policy

Description: Prerequisites: Crim Just 300 and 330. Not open to students who have studied Criminal Justice policy as Crim Just 475T. Evolving purposes and practices associated with the development of criminal justice policies, principally in the United States. Particular topics, such as sentencing legislation, illustrate the development, adoption and impact of public policy on criminal justice systems.
Units: (3)

 


CRJU 422 Human Resources Management

Description: (Same as Political Science 422)
Units: (3)

 


CRJU 425 Juvenile Justice Administration

Description: Prerequisite: Crim Just 300. Definitions of "delinquency" and the related responses of the interested institutions (police, courts and correction); the juvenile court (past and present), and prevention and correction programs (practicing and proposed).

Units: (3)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE COURSES (continue)

CRJU 430 Women and Crime

Description: Prerequisite: Crim Just 300 or Philosophy 302. Women as criminals and victims, gender differences in criminal behavior and the role of women as professionals in the criminal justice system.
Units: (3)

 


CRJU 435 “Civil Disobedience & Social Justice”

“Examines the violation of law as protest. Definitions and types of disobedience and the policing and punishment of dissent. Analysis of protest as a strategy for social justice.”

Units: (3)

 


CRJU 450 Organized Crime and Intelligence Analysis

Description: Prerequisite: Crim Just 300. History and development of organized crime. Current criminological strategies of control of organizational crime. Systems theories and other analytical techniques of police intelligence.
Units: (3)

 


CRJU 455 Gangs and the Criminal Justice System

Description: Prerequisites: Crim Just 300. Causal factors of, and legal solutions to, gang-related crime in the United States. Relevance of sociological, psychological, economic and educational deviance theories to justice intervention strategies.
Units: (3)

 


CRJU 462 Crime Analysis

Description: Prerequisites: Crim Just 300 and 340. Crime analysis function within the law enforcement organization; how to develop, implement and operate a crime analysis unit, and discuss the nexus between crime analysis, field and investigative operations, and administrative bureaus.
Units: (3)

 


CRJU 465 Law, Punishment and Justice

Description: Prerequisite: Crim Just 300. Theoretical scholarship in criminal justice is increasingly concerned with law in relation to delivery of justice and practices of punishment. Examines the rule of law, questions whether justice is different from law and reviews the role punishment plays.
Units: (3)

 


CRJU 470 Sex, Crime and Culture

Description: Prerequisite: Crim Just 300. Analysis of rationale for law's concern with sexual conduct, developed via discussion of selected offenses and offenders. Lectures and guest speakers also present opposing perspectives regarding the role of law enforcement, courts and correction. Research and reform will be reviewed.
Units: (3)

 


CRJU 472 The Judicial Process

Description: Prerequisites: Crim Just 300 or Political Science 375. Nature, functions and roles of courts. Roles of major participants in the American legal system, including judges, attorneys and citizens. Administration of justice as a system. (Same as Political Science 472)
Units: (3)

 


CRJU 475T Topics in Administration of Justice: A Seminar

Description: Prerequisite: Crim Just 300. Current social, legal and practical problems confronting police, courts and corrections. Variable topic class with specific subjects to be announced each semester. May be repeated for credit with different content up to a maximum of 9 units.
Units: (3)

 


CRJU 478 “Animals, Law & Society”

Examines the behavioral and legal complexities of human-animal relationships. Individual and institutional harms to animals, the link between animal abuse and criminal violence, humane law enforcement and the challenge of securing justice for animals.”

Units: (3)

 


CRJU 480 Courtroom Evidence

Description: Prerequisite: Crim Just 300. Rules of evidence in the context of a criminal trial in a California court. Rules, their application and rationale. Lecture, discussion and simulated courtroom situations.
Units: (3)

 


CRJU 485 Search, Seizure and Interrogation I

Description: Prerequisite: Crim Just 300. Analysis of the laws that apply in common street search-and-seizure and interrogation situations in California; how they have evolved, and what developments are anticipated.
Units: (3)

 


CRJU 486 Search, Seizure and Interrogation II

Description: Prerequisite: Crim Just 300. An analysis of the laws that apply in some search-and-seizure and interrogation situations, such as those involving the border patrol and College officials.
Units: (3)

 


CRJU 492 Pre-law Internship

Description: (Same as Political Science 492)
Units: (3)

 


CRJU 495 Internships

Description: Prerequisites: Crim Just 300 or senior standing and consent of instructor. Criminal justice professions; eight to 20 hours per week as a supervised intern in a public agency or related organization. In addition to the job experience, interns meet in a weekly three-hour seminar.
Units: (3)

 


CRJU 499 Independent Study

Description: Prerequisites: at least 12 units of criminal justice and consent of adviser. Student selects an individual research project, either library or field. Conferences with adviser as necessary, culminating in one or more papers. May be repeated for credit.
Units: (1-3)