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.

Program Requirements

Complete the following 42 units

Lower Division Requirements

CJS113 Introduction to Criminal Justice
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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)

CJS113-A
Higley, John
09/06/2016 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS A110
CJS113-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 124

POL213 American Government
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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)

POL213-A
Kelley, Sean Ryan
09/06/2016 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 125
POL213-B
Chabot, Paul Roger
09/06/2016 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS 125
POL213-C
Skubik, Daniel W.
09/06/2016 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 124
POL213-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS B110
POL213-B
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 251

POL223 State and Local Government
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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)

POL223-A
Bishop, Jim
09/06/2016 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 250
POL223-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 203

Upper Division Requirements

CJS301 Fundamentals of Criminal Law
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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)

CJS301-A
Hinrichs, Troy
09/06/2016 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS B111
CJS301-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS

CJS321 Courts and Criminal Procedures
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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)

CJS321-A
Bishop, Jim
09/06/2016 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 252
CJS321-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 M 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS

CJS331 Police Systems and Practices
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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)

CJS331-A
Higley, John
09/06/2016 M 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS 252
CJS331-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS

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)

CJS341-A
Zhao, Shuo
09/06/2016 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS B258
CJS341-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS

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)

CJS485-B
Zhao, Shuo
09/06/2016 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 375
CJS485-A
Zhao, Shuo
09/06/2016 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 375

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)

CJS496-A
Bishop, Jim
09/06/2016 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 252
CJS496-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 M 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM BUS

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)

CJS499-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS
CJS499-B
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 T 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM BUS

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)

POL485-A
Hinrichs, Troy
09/06/2016 M 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS B111
POL485-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS

Upper Division Elective Requirements

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)

CJS400-A
Hinrichs, Troy
09/06/2016 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 189

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)

CJS401-A
Zhao, Shuo
09/06/2016 M 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM BUS B221

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)

CJS402-A
Higley, John
09/06/2016 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS A111
CJS402-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS

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)

CJS441-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS

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)

CJS497-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS