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Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice Major prepares students for careers in a variety of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, and for graduate study in related fields.

Student Learning Outcomes

PSO #1
Criminal Justice majors should understand basic criminal justice research concepts and procedures as they are employed in the analysis of criminal behavior and in policy formation.

PSO #2
Criminal Justice majors should be knowledgeable of the basic concepts of the American and California criminal justice systems. 

PSO #3
Criminal Justice majors should be able to demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills.

PSO #4
Criminal Justice majors should be able to able to analyze the major issues concerning the com-ponents of the criminal justice system: courts, law enforcement, and corrections.

PSO #5
Criminal Justice majors should be able to demonstrate in written and oral form engagement in a personal faith-pilgrimage which enables the integration of faith and reason, the development of value-based character, and a commitment to the service of God and human culture.

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Program Requirements

Complete the following 42 units

Lower Division Requirements

CJS113 Introduction to Criminal Justice

CJS113 Introduction to Criminal Justice

A survey of the U.S. system of criminal justice. The history and philosophy of criminal justice administration in America, description of its social and political institutions, and overviews of major issues in the discipline are covered. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 CJS113-A A Higley, John 01/08/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM Yeager Center
B251
Fall 2014 CJS113-A A Higley, John 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Mission Hall
109
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POL213 American Government

POL213 American Government

The course provides an introductory overview of the American political system. It begins with a discussion of the principles of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights and an examination of their impact on the country. It also covers the avenues and means of democratic citizenship and political influence in American politics. The course further examines the major political institutions in the United States: Congress, Presidency, Bureaucracy, and Courts. In order to assess the impact of government on society, the course concludes with an exploration of public policy. (Meets state requirement in United States Constitution and California Government.) (3 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 POL213-B B Skubik, Daniel W. 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00 AM - 8:50 AM Yeager Center
A110
Spring 2014 POL213-C C McCarthy, John J. 01/08/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM Yeager Center
A111
Fall 2014 POL213-D D STAFF, STAFF 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Sch Business Building
204
Fall 2014 POL213-A A Luther, Timothy C. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center
A110
Fall 2014 POL213-B B Skubik, Daniel W. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM TBA
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Fall 2014 POL213-C C McCarthy, John J. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Mission Hall
124
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POL223 State and Local Government

POL223 State and Local Government

This course studies the place and responsibilities of state and local governments in the United States and how they relate with other units of government. This includes an assessment of the citizenship and participation in state and local politics, both at the individual and collective level; and then an examination of state political institutions, such as governors, state legislatures, state courts, and administration. The course also covers city and county governments, and other local units of government. Although it is comparative, special attention is given to California politics. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 POL223-A A Luther, Timothy C. 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM Mission Hall
109
Summer 2014 POL223-A A Hinrichs, Troy 05/05/2014 Monday, Wednesday 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Yeager Center
B219
Fall 2014 POL223-A A Bishop, Jim 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Sch Business Building
203
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Upper Division Requirements

CJS301 Fundamentals of Criminal Law

CJS301 Fundamentals of Criminal Law

Nature of criminal law and its philosophical and historical development; major definitions and concepts; classification of crime; elements of crimes and penalties using California and federal statutes as illustrations; defenses to criminal responsibility; criminal responsibility. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 CJS301-A A Hinrichs, Troy 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM James Complex
245
Fall 2014 CJS301-A A Hinrichs, Troy 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM TBA
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CJS321 Courts and Criminal Procedures

CJS321 Courts and Criminal Procedures

A study of the judiciary in the criminal justice system; history and structure of the California and federal court systems; prosecution; criminal defense, right to counsel; pre-trial release; grand juries; adjudication process; types and rules of evidence; appeals, sentencing. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 CJS321-A A Bishop, Jim 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM James Complex
376
Fall 2014 CJS321-A A Bishop, Jim 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM TBA
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CJS331 Police Systems and Practices

CJS331 Police Systems and Practices

An opportunity to analyze the police profession; organization and administration of law enforcement systems; the police role in a democracy; police discretion; police subculture and ethics; police stress, police-community interaction; current and future issues. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 CJS331-A A Higley, John 01/08/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM Yeager Center
B258
Fall 2014 CJS331-A A Higley, John 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM TBA
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CJS341 Minorities & Crim Justice Sys

CJS341 Minorities & Crim Justice Sys

Students will critically examine the charges of direct and indirect institutional racism within the totality of the criminal justice system. Students will also analyze society's response to crime, cultural, economic and political differences. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 CJS341-A A Higley, John 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM James Complex
245
Fall 2014 CJS341-A A Higley, John 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM TBA
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CJS485 Methods of Research in Crim Just

CJS485 Methods of Research in Crim Just

The course examines scientific approaches to the study of criminal justice. Students will learn how to research and study crime using the scientific method. Students will be exposed to various research methods and designs, which will be illustrated with criminological examples and exercises. Finally, the students will calculate and interpret measures of central tendency, dispersion, and association. (3 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 CJS485-A A STAFF, STAFF 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM TBA
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Fall 2014 CJS485-B B STAFF, STAFF 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM TBA
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CJS496 Instit & Commun Corrections

CJS496 Instit & Commun Corrections

This course provides a survey of the historical, philosophical, and legal bases of correctional procedures and institutions and an examination of current problems and innovations. It examines the increasing task of managing persons who have been arraigned or have been sentenced to prisons and various correctional facilities in America. The nature of the institutional environment, issues of community-based policing, and the administrative concerns of safety and efficiency are also included. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 CJS496-A A Bishop, Jim 01/08/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 8:00 AM - 9:20 AM Yeager Center
B259
Fall 2014 CJS496-A A STAFF, STAFF 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM TBA
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CJS499 Senior Project

CJS499 Senior Project

A senior capstone course designed to demonstrate the competence of Criminal Justice majors in the discipline and assess their research and writing skills. The portfolio produced by the student in completion of this project must conform to the departmental guidelines for Senior Projects. Prerequisite: CJS 485 and Senior status. (3 units; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 CJS499-B B McHorney, Chris A. 01/08/2014 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM Sch Business Building
203
Spring 2014 CJS499-A A Hinrichs, Troy 01/08/2014 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM Sch Business Building
123
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POL485 Constitutional Law II

POL485 Constitutional Law II

This course studies the most important decisions of the Supreme Court on individual rights and the conflicts from which they have arisen, which means examining the trinity of individual values and rights in American civil liberties—freedom, due process, and equality. (3 units; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 POL485-A A Luther, Timothy C. 01/08/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 8:00 AM - 9:20 AM James Complex
190
Fall 2014 POL485-A A Luther, Timothy C. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA
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Upper Division Elective Requirements

CJS400 Special Topics Criminal Justice

CJS400 Special Topics Criminal Justice

An examination of a specific issue in the field of Criminal Justice. Course is repeatable for credit with a change in topic. (1-3 units; As offered)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 CJS400-A A Hinrichs, Troy 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA
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CJS401 Crime and Delinquency

CJS401 Crime and Delinquency

A study of the traditional and theoretical schools of criminology. Theories relating to individual abnormality and theories relating to cultural influences are examined. Theories of the causes of delinquency and data on delinquent behavior including gangs, minor and major criminal actions, and methods of correction are also covered. (3 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 CJS401-A A STAFF, STAFF 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA
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CJS402 Hate Crime

CJS402 Hate Crime

This course explores the problem of hate crime, which can be defined as criminal acts motivated by an extreme bias of hate. The course will focus on hate crimes as a specific type of criminal activity and will address various efforts to prevent these crimes and to hold offenders accountable. (3 units; Spring odd years)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 CJS402-A A Higley, John 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM TBA
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CJS441 Fnd Crim Investigation & Rpt Wrt

CJS441 Fnd Crim Investigation & Rpt Wrt

Students will study investigation theory; collection and preservation of evidence; importance of field notes and offense reports, sources of information; interview and interrogation; use of forensic science; case and trial preparation. (3 units; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 CJS441-A A Higley, John 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM Sch Business Building
251
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CJS497 Comparative Criminal Justice

CJS497 Comparative Criminal Justice

The functions, institutions, and operations of U.S. and foreign criminal justice systems are compared. Comparisons are made between countries similar to the U.S., such as Canada and Great Britain, as well as those which are quite different, such as Asian or Arabic countries. The underlying concepts of law enforcement, judicial and correctional processes will be studied in current and historic perspectives. (3 units; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 CJS497-A A Hinrichs, Troy 01/08/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM Yeager Center
B218
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