Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

Also offered through the College of Extended Learning

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

Completion of the following:

General Education Basic Skills in English (4)
One (1) of the following:4
Stretch Composition III
Stretch Composition III for Multilingual Students
Accelerated Stretch Composition II
Accelerated Stretch Composition II for Multilingual Students
Advanced First-Year Composition
General Education Basic Skills in Oral Communication (4)
COMM 120Oral Communication4
General Education Basic Skills in Mathematics (4)
One (1) of the following:4
College Algebra
The Ideas of Mathematics
Pre-Calculus Mathematics
Methods of Calculus
Basic Concepts of Calculus
General Education Basic Skills in Critical Thinking (4)
One (1) of the following:4
Critical Thinking Through Argumentation
Critical Thinking Through Applications of Mathematical Logic
Critical Thinking Through Argument Analysis
Critical Thinking Through Symbolic Logic
Critical Thinking Through Problems Analysis
Critical Thinking about Social Problems
Total Units16

Students are encouraged to take the above classes prior to taking the Criminal Justice classes below.

CJUS 101Introduction to the Criminal Justice System4
CJUS 102Criminal Law4
CJUS 320Theories of Crime and Delinquency (with a grade no lower than "C-" (1.7))4

With the exception of CJUS 320, the grade earned in each of the above courses must be no lower than “C” (2.0) and a GPA in the pre major no lower than a 2.3

A student may enroll in a criminal justice class three times. If a student does not successfully complete the course after three enrollments, the student must change majors if the course is a required course. Students may appeal to the department academic standards committee.

Criminal Justice is an impacted major with GPA entry requirement. The Criminal Justice Department will determine entry standards annually based on enrollments.

Requirements for the B.A. in Criminal Justice (Program Code: CJUS)

Lower-division requirements, prerequisites for upper-division courses (8)
CJUS 101Introduction to the Criminal Justice System4
CJUS 102Criminal Law4
Upper-division requirements (24)
CJUS 311Research Methods in Criminal Justice4
CJUS 312Statistics in Criminal Justice4
CJUS 320Theories of Crime and Delinquency4
CJUS 330Correctional Theory and Institutions4
CJUS 340Police and Police Systems4
CJUS 598Integrative Studies in Criminal Justice4
Electives (36)
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.
Thirty-six units chosen from:36
Introduction to Criminal Investigation
Law and the Courts
Correctional Administration
Community Corrections
Correctional Counseling
Police Administration
Community Policing
Women and Crime
Occupational and Corporate Crime
Forensic Profiling
Alcohol, Drugs, and the Criminal Justice System
Domestic Violence and the Criminal Justice System
Hate Crime and Law Policy
Justice and the Media
Environmental Crime Prevention
Criminal Procedure
Crime and Intelligence Analysis
Homeland Security
Transnational Organized Crime
Crime in Public Spaces
Advanced Social Network Analysis
Internship in Criminal Justice
Juvenile Justice System
Criminality Across the Life Course
Topics in Criminal Justice
Independent Study
Peer Advising in Criminal Justice
Senior Honors Project
Total Units68

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.