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Introduction | B.A. in Criminal Justice
Minor in Criminal Justice| Criminal Justice Courses
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Phillip Gianos

University Hall 511


Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
Minor in Criminal Justice

Gregory (Chris) Brown, W. Garrett Capune, George M. Dery, III, Dixie Koo, James Lasley, Jarret Lovell, Stacy Mallicoat, Kevin Meehan, Jill Rosenbaum, Georgia Spiropoulos

Criminal Justice is the study of the causes, consequences and control of crime. Like other new and developing fields, criminal justice is difficult to define as it draws from a number of different disciplines, including psychology, public administration, philosophy, political science, sociology and law.

The program leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice is designed to acquaint pre-service and in-service students with the principles and practices of criminal justice in America. Although the department’s curriculum allows for the development of depth in one of the subject’s substantive subsystems (i.e., law enforcement, courts or corrections), the overriding objective is to familiarize students with activities in all the above areas.

The department is both academic and professional in that it is an interdisciplinary attempt to relate intellectual issues and practitioner perspectives to the challenge of crime in a free society. In this regard, the department provides preparation for employment with a related agency and/or further study (e.g., law school).

Students are urged to attend a New Major Advisement Session prior to their first semester at the university as a Criminal Justice major. This is particularly important for community college transfers. Failure to do so may delay graduation. The department's New Major Advisement Sessions are regularly and frequently scheduled. See the bulletin board or call the division office for details.

Graduating seniors are eligible for the Academics Award, the Activities Award, the Overall Achievement Award and the William Hobbs Scholarship for outstanding law-related coursework. The Dan Byrnes Scholarship is given annually to an undergraduate who plans a career in law enforcement.

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Criminal justice class

The Criminal Justice degree requires a minimum of 120 units, which includes courses for the major, General Education, all university requirements, and free electives. For the major, every student must complete the core courses (21 units) and a minimum of 12 units from the elective curriculum. In addition, each student is required to complete 9 units in a correlated curriculum. Effective Fall 2005, new Criminal Justice majors must achieve a grade of “C” (2.0) or better in all 15 courses in the curriculum to earn their bachelor’s degree.

For additional information regarding the Criminal Justice program and its courses, check with the Division office in University Hall 511.

Core Curriculum (21 units)
Crim Just 300 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
Crim Just 310A Criminal Law: Substantive (3)
Crim Just 315 The Enforcement Function (3)
Crim Just 320 Introduction to Public Management and Policy (3)
Crim Just 330 Crime and Delinquency (3)
Crim Just 340 Criminal Justice Research Methodology (3)
Crim Just 345 Corrections (3)

Elective Curriculum (12 units)
Four additional courses (12 units) in Criminal Justice

Correlated Curriculum (9 units)
Courses in the related fields shall be selected by the student in consultation with an adviser. The purpose of this requirement is to allow for an awareness of the disciplines contributing to the creation of “criminal justice” as a separate subject. Upper-division courses in such fields as philosophy, political science, psychology and public administration are included. For a list of courses that can count in this regard, check with the Division office.

Writing Requirement (3 units)
One of the following courses:
Crim Just 350 Principles and Concepts of Investigation and Reporting (3)
English 301 Advanced College Writing (3)
English 365 Legal Writing (3)

For further information on these alternatives, please see a Criminal Justice adviser.

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The Minor in Criminal Justice consists of a total of 18 units including three required and three elective courses to be chosen from the Criminal Justice curriculum. The required courses are:
Crim Just 300 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
Crim Just 310A Criminal Law: Substantive (3)
Crim Just 330 Crime and Delinquency (3)

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Courses are designated as CRJU in the class schedule.

CRJU 300    Introduction to Criminal Justice

Description: A study of the underlying ideological issues confronting America’s system of criminal justice, with an emphasis on key concepts in conflict (law and order, rehabilitation vs. retribution, etc.)
Units: (3)

CRJU 310A    Criminal Law: Substantive

Description: Prerequisite: Crim Just 300. The general doctrines of criminal liability in the United States and the classification of crimes as against persons, property and the public welfare. The concept of governmental sanction of the conduct of the individual.
Units: (3)

CRJU 310B    Criminal Law: Procedural

Description: Prerequisite: Crim Just 300. Legal problems associated with the investigation of crime, the acquisition of evidence, the commencement of a criminal proceeding, the prosecution and defense of charges, sentencing and appeal. The development of existing procedures and examination of current efforts for reform.
Units: (3)

CRJU 315    The Enforcement Function

Description: Prerequisite: Crim Just 300. The historical and philosophical development of the enforcement function at federal, state and local levels; community controls, political pressures and legal limitations pertaining to law enforcement agencies at each level of government; police policies and problems vis-à-vis the administration of justice as a system.
Units: (3)

CRJU 320    Introduction to Public Management and Policy

Description: (Same as Political Science 320)
Units: (3)

CRJU 322    Leadership for Public Service

Description: (Same as Political Science 322)
Units: (3)

CRJU 330    Crime and Delinquency

Description: Prerequisite: Crim Just 300. This course provides an overview and analysis of the evolving and conflicting purposes and practices associated with the topics of criminology, crime and delinquency with an emphasis on contemporary strategies for the prevention, remediation and control of crime and delinquency.
Units: (3)

CRJU 340    Criminal Justice Research Methodology

Description: Prerequisite: Crim Just 300. Elementary statistics including descriptives, measurements and tests; data collection methods for effort evaluation and program prediction; systems analysis techniques.
Units: (3)

CRJU 345    Corrections

Description: Prerequisite: Crim Just 300. This course provides an overview and analysis of the evolving and conflicting purposes and practices associated with the adult corrections systems, with an emphasis upon contemporary strategies for treating/punishing offenders both while incarcerated, as well as while in the community.
Units: (3)

CRJU 350    Principles and Concepts of Investigation and Reporting

Description: Prerequisite: Crim Just 300. Principles of investigative activity practiced by police, courts and correctional subsystems. Reporting procedures and requirements. Meets classroom portion of upper-division writing requirement for Criminal Justice majors, or as an elective in the concentration curriculum.
Units: (3)

CRJU 385    Minorities and the Criminal Justice System

Description: Prerequisite: completion of General Education Category II and Category III.C.1; Crim Just 300 recommended. An introduction to the issues surrounding the charges of overt and indirect institutionalized racism in the criminal justice system. An overview of patterns of criminal behavior among minority groups in the U.S. will be discussed.
Units: (3)

CRJU 405    Criminal Justice Policy

Description: Prerequisites: Crim Just 300 and 330. Not open to students who have studied Criminal Justice policy as Crim Just 475T. The evolving purposes and practices associated with the development of criminal justice policies, principally in the United States. Particular topics, such as sentencing legislation, illustrate the development, adoption, and impact of public policy on criminal justice systems.
Units: (3)

CRJU 422    Human Resources Management

Description: (Same as Political Science 422)
Units: (3)

CRJU 425    Juvenile Justice Administration

Description: Prerequisite: Crim Just 300. Definitions of “delinquency” and the related responses of the interested institutions (police, courts and correction); the juvenile court (past and present), and prevention and correction programs (practicing and proposed).
Units: (3)

CRJU 430    Women and Crime

Description: Prerequisite: Crim Just 300 or Philosophy 302. An examination of women as criminals and victims, gender differences in criminal behavior and the role of women as professionals in the criminal justice system.
Units: (3)

CRJU 450    Organized Crime and Intelligence Analysis

Description: Prerequisite: Crim Just 300. History and development of organized crime. Current criminological strategies of control of organizational crime. Systems theories and other analytical techniques of police intelligence.
Units: (3)

CRJU 455    Gangs and the Criminal Justice System

Description: Prerequisites: Crim Just 300. Causal factors of, and legal solutions to, gang-related crime in the United States are examined. Relevance of sociological, psychological, economic, and educational deviance theories to justice intervention strategies is emphasized.
Units: (3)

CRJU 462    Crime Analysis

Description: Prerequisites: Crim Just 300 and 340. This course will examine the crime analysis function within the law enforcement organization, demonstrate how to develop, implement and operate a crime analysis unit, and discuss the nexus between crime analysis, field and investigative operations, and administrative bureaus.
Units: (3)

CRJU 465    Law, Punishment and Justice

Description: Prerequisite: Crim Just 300. Theoretical scholarship in criminal justice is increasingly concerned with law in relation to delivery of justice and practices of punishment. Students will examine the rule of law, question whether justice is different from law, and review the role punishment plays.
Units: (3)

CRJU 470    Sex, Crime and Culture

Description: Prerequisite: Criminal Just 300. Analysis of rationale for law’s concern with sexual conduct, developed via discussion of selected offenses and offenders. Lectures and guest speakers also present opposing perspectives regarding the role of law enforcement, courts and correction. Research and reform will be reviewed. Field trips to be arranged.
Units: (3)

CRJU 472    The Judicial Process

Description: Prerequisites: Crim Just 300 or Political Science 375. The nature, functions and roles of courts. Roles of major participants in the American legal system, including judges, attorneys and citizens. The administration of justice as a system. (Same as Political Science 472)
Units: (3)

CRJU 475T    Topics in Administration of Justice: A Seminar

Description: Prerequisite: Crim Just 300. Current social, legal and practical problems confronting police, courts and corrections. A variable topic class with specific subjects to be announced each semester. May be repeated for credit with different content up to a maximum of 9 units.
Units: (3)

CRJU 480    Courtroom Evidence

Description: Prerequisite: Crim Just 300. The rules of evidence in the context of a criminal trial in a California court. The rules, their application and their rationale. Lecture, discussion and simulated courtroom situations.
Units: (3)

CRJU 485    Search, Seizure and Interrogation I

Description: Prerequisite: Crim Just 300. Analysis of the laws that apply in common street search-and-seizure and interrogation situations in California; how they have evolved, and what developments are anticipated.
Units: (3)

CRJU 486    Search, Seizure and Interrogation II

Description: Prerequisite: Crim Just 300. An analysis of the laws that apply in some search-and-seizure and interrogation situations, such as those involving the border patrol and College officials.
Units: (3)

CRJU 492    Pre-law Internship

Description: (Same as Political Science 492)
Units: (3)

CRJU 495    Internships

Description: Prerequisites: Crim Just 300 or senior standing and consent of instructor. The criminal justice professions; eight to 20 hours per week as a supervised intern in a public agency or related organization. In addition to the job experience, interns meet in a weekly three-hour seminar.
Units: (3)

CRJU 499    Independent Study

Description: Prerequisites: at least 12 units of criminal justice and consent of adviser. Student selects an individual research project, either library or field. Conferences with adviser as necessary, culminating in one or more papers. May be repeated for credit.
Units: (1-3)

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