Criminal Justice Undergraduate Program

The Criminal Justice B.S. program welcomes students returning to school who are interested in earning a degree to assist in furthering their career goals. To apply to SDSU visit the Admissions Website.

Please click here for or a copy of the Criminal Justice Advising Guide.

Declaring the Major

The Criminal Justice program is an impacted program. To be admitted to the major students must meet the following criteria:

Students must fulfill the premajor requirements described in the catalog in effect at the time they declare the premajor OR New Majors must complete the following:

  • 4 required prerequisite courses noted on Major Outline (12 units);
    • POLS 102 Intro to American/Californian Government and Politics
    • SOC 101 Intro to Sociology
    • Soc 102 Intro to Social Problems (formerly Soc 150)
    • SOC 201 Elementary Social Statistics (or other lower division Statistics)
      • Students may choose any one of the following statistics courses to fulfill the 3 unit statistics requirement:
        STAT 119; ARP 201; BIOL 215; CIV E 160; ECON 201; POL S 201; PSY 280; or SOC 201.
        NOTE: Students will only be awarded a total of four (4) units for two (or more) statistics courses.
  • minimum grade of “C” in all prerequisites;
  • complete a minimum of 60 transferable semester units;
  • minimum 2.8 G.P.A. cumulative (effective Fall 2012).

Pre-Major/Major Students

At the end of each semester (after grades are posted), CJ pre-majors are evaluated by the Office of Advising and Evaluations and will be automatically declared a CJ major if all pre-requisite requirements have been met. Students who are not automatically declared a CJ major, may request major status by completing the “Declaration or Change of Major”(DCM) form. You must complete the Declaration or Change of Undergraduate Major form. This form can also be obtained by visiting or in the PA Center lobby (PSFA 100).

Please Note Transfer Student Policy:  Transfer students cannot change to a new pre-major/major from the designated pre-major/major they were admitted to unless all pre-requisites for the new major have been met.

When submitting the DCM Form please attach a Degree Evaluation, which can be retrieved from your webportal, AND place in the drop box in PSFA 100. Be sure to highlight all 4 required courses on the evaluation. After the form has been submitted it may take up to a week to process. If you are changing your primary major, your current major department will need to sign this form as well. If the form is approved, it is the student’s responsibility to take the form to the Office of the Registrar.

Completing a Major Outline/Advising Guide

Students may consult with a CJ Adviser regarding their major courses. CJ Major coursework must conform to the requirements on the Degree Evaluation depending on your catalog year. If courses are not shown on your Degree Evaluation, submit the Major Outline/Advising Guide to your Adviser for formal approval at least one semester prior to graduation. If you declared the major in a different catalog year and there is a conflict see your adviser to resolve the conflict.

Please click here for or a copy of the Criminal Justice Advising Guide.