Criminal Justice

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Dean: Joel Kassiola

Criminal Justice Program
HSS 336
Director: John Curtin


Professors—Clavier, Curtin, DeNevi, Matthews, Patterson, Walsh


B.A. in Criminal Justice
Minor in Criminal Justice

Program Scope

Students will be asked to recognize distinctive institutional components as well as the systematic unity reflected in the overlapping stages of criminal process: investigation, accusation, adjudication, sentencing, and disposition. Criminal justice systems, throughout the United States and in other countries, are worthy of scholarly attention both for their intrinsic social significance and as vehicles by means of which to enhance the verbal and critical skills of students. A network of criminal justice agencies and personnel in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area serves as a powerful asset to students. Simultaneously, that network participates in the fulfillment of the urban mission of the university. The curricular importance of that network is reflected in the fact that direct field study is an integral dimension of the curricula and a partial requirement in every course.

The undergraduate major has been designed for students who want their primary scholarly emphasis placed upon a critical appraisal of law enforcement, the courts, and jails and prisons, whether for the purpose of liberal arts, graduate study, professional schooling, careers, or any combination of those aims. The major includes work in three colleges and ten departments throughout the university.

The undergraduate minor has been designed for students seeking exposure to policing, criminal courts, and corrections, as a complement to their respective major fields of study. The minor includes work in at least two colleges and four distinct curricula.

The Segment III cluster in General Education has been designed to broaden the perspectives of students by exposing them to some of the issues reflecting the significance of criminal justice systems. The cluster encompasses work in three distinct curricula in two colleges.

The pedagogy throughout these curricula is predicated upon a demand that students learn to examine, analyze, and synthesize cases and events from multiple perspectives; in particular, the perspectives of crime control, due process, and class justice. As a vehicle to that end, students will be required to read case law and to become familiar with the rudiments of the legal brief and analysis.


On-line course descriptions are available.

Program Units
Core Requirements
CJ 300 The Criminal Justice System 4
Criminal Justice Systems—units selected from the following: 8
  CJ 320 Literature in Criminal Justice (4)  
  CJ 330 Heuristics in Criminal Justice (4)
  CJ 335 Seminar in Legal Writing (4)
  CJ 340 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (4)
Political Economy—units selected from the following: 6-8
  ECON 515 The Economics of Crime (4)  
  ECON 516 Law and Economics (4)
  HIST 428 History of the U.S. Since 1945
  HIST 471 Legal and Constitutional History of the U.S.
  PLSI 551 Judicial Power in Public Policy Making (4)
  PLSI 552 Individual Rights in the Constitution (4)
Interdisciplinary Options—units selected from the following: 3-4
  SOC 362 Social Construction of Deviance and Conformity (4)  
  SOC 451 Criminological Theory (4)
  SOC 454 White Collar Crime (4)
  SOC 455 Punishment and Social Control (4)
  SOC 457 Sociology of Law (4)
  SOC 459 Criminal Law and Social Process (4)
  PHIL 335 Law and Society
  PHIL 380 Philosophy of Law
  AIS 310 American Indian Religion and Philosophy
  AAS 300 Asian Americans in California
  ETHS 665 Asian American Community and Public Policy
  BL S 375 Law and the Black Community
  BL S 376 Government, the Constitution, and Black Citizens
  RAZA 415 The Socio-economics of La Raza
  RAZA 430 La Raza and the Law
Total for core 21-24
Administration of Justice—units selected from the following: 8
  CJ 400 Police and Public Policy (4)  
  CJ 401 Criminal Profiling (4)
  CJ 405 Organized Crime (4)
  CJ 420 Community Policing (4)
  CJ 430 Women in Policing (4)
  CJ 450 Jails and Prisons (4)
  CJ 451 The Architecture of Incarceration (4)
  CJ 455 Incarceration Study (4)
  CJ 460 Community Corrections and Sentencing (4)
  CJ 470/
  SOC 452
Juvenile Justice (4)
Legal Studies—units selected from the following: 8
  CJ 501 Criminal Law (4)  
  CJ 502 Criminal Procedure (4)
  CJ 505 International Criminal Law (4)
  CJ 515 Extremism as Crime (4)
  CJ 520 The Construction of Crime and Justice (4)
  CJ 540 Classic Cinema in Criminal Justice (4)
  CJ 550 Current Issues in Criminal Justice (4)
Culminating Experience—units selected from the following: 4
  CJ 680 Field Course in Criminal Justice (4)  
  CJ 681 Internship in Criminal Justice (4)
  CJ 685 Special Projects in Teaching Criminal Justice (4)
  CJ 699 Independent Study in Criminal Justice (4)
Total for major 41-44


On-line course descriptions are available.

Introduction Units
CJ 300 Criminal Justice: A Cross-disciplinary Perspective 4
Substantive Core
One course from each of the following 3 sets on advisement, with courses in at least
2 disciplines:
Criminology 4
CJ 450 Jails and Prisons (4)  
SOC 362 Social Construction of Deviance and Conformity (4)
SOC 451 Criminological Theory (4)
Legal Studies 3-4
CJ 500 Criminal Law (4)  
PHIL 380 Philosophy of Law
PHIL 335 Law and Society
PLSI 552 Individual Rights in the Constitution (4)
PLSI 561 Jurisprudence (4)
SOC 457 Sociology of Law (4)
SOC 459 Criminal Law and Social Process (4)
Administration of Justice 4
CJ 400 Police and Public Policy (4)  
SOC 455 Punishment and Social Control (4)
One or more related course(s), chosen on the basis of individual interests with adviser approval
Culminating Seminar and Field Activity
CJ 680 Field Course in Criminal Justice 4
Total 22-24

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