Criminal Justice Undergraduate Degree Requirements Effective 2008

Criminal Justice Curriculum for students who declared their pre-major or major effective Fall 2008

The new criminal justice curriculum consists of a spine comprising nine required core courses, each anchoring a track of related electives, culminating in a capstone practicum experience. The tracks are: (1) Law and Society, (2) Criminal Behavior, (3) Criminal Justice Systems, (4) Criminal Justice Policy and Planning. The core courses each require CJ 300 as a prerequisite, and no more than one of these courses may be taken concurrently with CJ 300. Three elective courses are required to complete the major; students interested in pursuing a particular track as a concentration are encouraged to take additional classes in these tracks since the degree does not require a minor and these concentrations will enhance the depth of study.

Click here to view and print the Advising Guide for Students who declared CJ EFFECTIVE Fall 2008.


(total of 12 units)

  • POLS 102 Introduction to American/Californian Government and Politics
  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 102 Introduction to Social Problems (formerly SOC 150)
  • SOC 201 Elementary Social Statistics (or equivalent)

Criminal Justice Major

(total of 36 units)


(3 units):

  • CJ 300 Crime, Law and Justice (3 units)


Take each anchor course (CJ 301, CJ 302, and CJ 303) for a total of 9 units, and select up to 3 electives for a total of 9 units. If you want to specialize in an area, you may choose your three electives from that area; but you are allowed to choose electives across as many areas as you like, based on your interests. (Total Units for B is 18)

Area I: Law and Society

  • CJ 301: Law in Society (3 units Required)

Related Electives:

  • CJ 320 The Administration of Criminal Law
  • CJ 333 Judicial Administration
  • CJ 420 Constitutional Issues in the Administration of Justice
  • CJ 520 Prosecutorial Function
  • ANTH 430 Anthropology of Law
  • ISCOR 421 Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • PHIL 510 Philosophy of Law
  • POLS 322 Creative Conflict Management
  • POLS 338 The Legislative Process
  • POLS 346 Law and the Political System
  • POLS 347A American Constitutional Law
  • POLS 347B American Constitutional Law
  • POLS 348 Supreme Court/Constitutional Issues (Not open to anyone who completed both POLS 347A & POLS 347B)
  • POLS 541 Special Problems in Public Law
  • POLS 577 Principles of International Law
  • WMNST 370 Women, Law, and Policy

Area II:  Crime and Behavior

  • CJ 302 Crime and Behavior (3 units Required)

Related Electives:

  • CJ 570 Organized Crime
  • POLS 322 Politics and Conflict
  • POL S 370. Political Violence
  • PSY 340 Social Psychology or SOC 410 Social Psychology
  • PSY 350 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 365 Drugs and Behavior
  • SOC 412. Social Construction of Reality
  • SOC 442 Sociology of Murder
  • SOC 443 Crime and Society
  • SOC 444 Juvenile Delinquency (not if taking CJ 321)
  • SOC 445 Sociology of Deviance
  • SOC 456. Collective Behavior: Crowds, Cults, and Crazes
  • WMNST 572 Women and Violence

Area III Criminal Justice Systems

  • CJ 303 Criminal Justice and Social Control (formerly CJ 301 Social Control, Social Policy and the Administration of Justice). (3 units Required)

Related Electives:

  • CJ 305 Professions and Ethics
  • CJ 310 Law Enforcement
  • CJ 321 Juvenile Justice
  • CJ 330 Corrections
  • CJ 431 Field Study in Local Corrections
  • CJ 510 Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement
  • CJ 531 Probation and Parole
  • CJ 496 Special Topics in Criminal Justice
  • CJ 499 Special Study in Criminal Justice
  • AFRAS 380 Blacks in the American Justice System
  • ISCOR 575 Homeland Security
  • POLS 479 National Security Policy
  • PSY 321 Organizational Psychology
  • SOC 430 Social Organization
  • ANTH 360 From the Grave: Modern Forensic Anthro

C. PUBLIC POLICY -  Take both required courses below and then select two elective courses from the list below.


(6 units):

  • PA 301 Concepts and Issues in Public Administration (3 units)
  • CJ 540 Applied Planning, Research and Evaluation in Criminal Justice (3 units)


Choose any two 300-level (or above) course (6 units), preferably those relating to organizational issues, urban issues and planning (others with permission of advisor):

  • PAx 496 Special Topics (take 3 x 1 unit courses) (offered through College of Extended Studies)
  • PA 320 Introduction to Urban Planning
  • PA 330 Public personnel Administration
  • PA 340 Administrative Behavior
  • PA 341 Administrative Management
  • PA 350 Contemporary Urban Issues
  • PA 460 Administration and Public Policy Development (recommended)
  • PA 480 Leadership in the Public Sector
  • PA 485 Planning and Public Policy in U.S.-Mexico Border Region
  • PA 490 Community Organizing in a Diverse Society
  • PA 501 Nonprofit Organizations and Government
  • PA 512 The Metropolitan Area
  • PA 520 Decision Making in the Urban Community
  • PA 525 The US City Planning Process
  • PA 580 Comparative Public Administration

D. CAPSTONE COURSE The Capstone course is designed as a Practicum in Criminal Justice which can be satisfied through an internship or any of the following courses that require engagement in the world of criminal justice. Choose any one from (for 3 units):

  • CJ 497 Investigation and Report (field study with approval)
  • CJ 498 CJ Internship (with approval)
  • CJ 543 Community Resources in Criminal Justice (Fall ‘03 or after)
  • CJx 430 Prison in Theory and Practice (Offered through College of Extended Studies)
  • ISCORx 450 Study Abroad in ISCOR
  • CJ 550 Study Abroad in CJ (formerly CJx 496 Russian CJ, Moscow)

Click here to view and print the Advising Guide for Students who declared CJ EFFECTIVE Fall 2008.