Criminal Justice Studies

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Dean: Joel Kassiola

Department of Criminal Justice Studies
HSS 236
415-405-4129
Chair: Jeff Snipes

Faculty

Professors—Musheno, Vencill

Associate ProfessorsóClavier, Garcia, Snipes

Assistant Professors—Brown, Simmons, A. Smith, Stahlkopf

Lecturers—Fischer, Gerould, Macallair, Snead, Viola, Walsh

Programs

B.A. in Criminal Justice Studies
Minor in Criminal Justice Studies


Program Scope

Drawing upon a rich urban environment, the multidisciplinary program in Criminal Justice Studies explores the connections between law, crime and justice. The curriculum emphasizes critical thinking about the administration of justice, crime and delinquency, legal studies, and working with diverse communities. As part of the major, students participate in a culminating field experience at the end of their program. The program is intended for a diverse group of students whose interests range from the local to the global, from street crime to terrorism, from municipal policing to international courts.

Students seeking a major or minor begin with a foundation course that provides a cross-disciplinary perspective of criminal justice. Both majors and minors will pursue course work within and across four areas of emphasis within the field of criminal justice studies.

I. Administration of Justice. Students explore central features of criminal justice systems. Courses include treatment of distinguishing features of the U.S. criminal justice system and comparative perspectives of systems around the globe. Attention is given to recurring problems including abuse of authority, community conflict, and discrimination in case processing. Students have opportunities to learn methods and applications for studying criminal justice systems and processes.

II. Crime and Delinquency. Courses in this area expose students to major explanations of what brings about different forms of juvenile delinquency and adult criminality. Students have opportunities to explore biological, feminist, economic, international, psychological, racial and sociological perspectives of crime and delinquency. In addition to addressing street crime, courses are available for learning about hate crime, organized crime, terrorism, and white collar crime.

III. Legal Studies. Attention is given to legal doctrine relevant to criminal justice, the practice of law by criminal justice agents and the experience of law by defendants, family members and victims. Courses include distinctive disciplinary perspectives of law as well as issues faced by particular populations. Students have the opportunity to learn and apply legal analysis, including case law and development of legal briefs.

IV. Working with Diverse Communities. Working in the criminal justice system in any capacity requires interacting with individuals from diverse family, cultural, social and economic backgrounds. Courses in this area expose students to a deeper understanding and appreciation of individuals and groups from backgrounds other than their own. These courses help students develop communication skills to bridge cultural differences while working toward common goals related to the pursuit of social as well as criminal justice.

Students pursuing the major will complete their coursework with a culminating field experience.

A network of criminal justice agencies and personnel in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area serves as a powerful asset for students. An active Criminal Justice Student Association plans and implements community service activities, has a guest lecture program featuring criminal justice professionals, and creates a sense of community on campus.

Career Outlook

The major and minor provide training for students who anticipate they will be engaged in their communities regarding issues of crime, law and justice as well as those seeking related careers in government, law and higher education. Career opportunities include those in law enforcement, diversion, crime analysis, probation, parole, corrections, juvenile justice, victim advocacy, corporate security, community development and justice research. Students who intend to pursue graduate education in criminal justice, justice studies, criminology and related fields as well as those planning to apply to law school are encouraged to consider the major and minor in criminal justice.

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE STUDIES

Students are encouraged to take introductory courses in at least two of the following six disciplines based on their academic interests prior to entering the degree program: economics, history, international relations, political science, psychology, sociology.

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.

Courses Units
Foundation Courses 7-8
CJ 300 Criminal Justice:   A Cross-Disciplinary Perspective (4) and  
Select at least one of the following two courses:
CJ 323
    or
CJ 330 GW
Ethics in Criminal Justice
 
Research Methods in Criminal Justice - GWAR (4)
Distribution Requirements
Select two courses from each of the four categories (I-IV) below.
24-32
I. Administration of Justice 6-8
CJ 340 Comparative Criminal Justice  
CJ 400 Police and Public Policy
CJ 420 Community Policing
CJ 430 Women in Policing
CJ 450 Jails and Prisons
CJ 451 The Architecture of Incarceration
CJ 460 Community Corrections and Sentencing
CJ 475 Intervention Policies in Juvenile Justice
CJ 480 California Corrections System
CJ 525 Global Restorative Justice and Corrections
CJ 530 Geographies of Social Control and Urban Diversity
PLSI 551 Judicial Process (4)
PSY 475 Psychology of Policing
SOC 455 Punishment and Social Control
II. Crime and Delinquency 6-8
COMM 445 Rhetoric of Terrorism (4)  
COMM 449 Rhetoric of Criminality and Punishment (4)
CJ 401 Criminal Profiling
CJ 405 Organized Crime
CJ 435 / RAZA 430 Race, Crime and Justice
CJ 461 / IR 361 Terrorism and Covert Political Warfare (4)
CJ 470 / SOC 452 Juvenile Justice (4)
CJ 485/
RAZA 485
Issues in the Criminalization of Latino Youth
CJ 515   Extremism as Crime
CJ 520 The Construction of Crime and Justice
ECON 515 Economics of Crime and Justice
SOC 362 Social Construction of Deviance and Conformity (4)
SOC 451 Criminological Theory (4)
SOC 454 White Collar Crime (4)
III. Legal Studies 6-8
AFRS 375 Law and the Black Community  
AFRS 376 Government, the Constitution, and Black Citizens
COMM 461 Issues in Free Speech (4)
CJ 335 Legal Writing and Research (4)
CJ 501 Criminal Law
CJ 502 Criminal Procedure
CJ 505/ IR 332 International Criminal Law (4)
ECON 516 Law and Economics
GPS 375/ PHIL 375 Peace Law and Human Rights in the U.S.
HIST 470 U.S. Constitution to 1877
HIST 471 U.S. Constitution Since 1877
PHIL 335 Law and Society
PHIL 380 Philosophy of Law
PLSI 457/ SOC 457 Sociology of Law (4)
PLSI 552 Individual Rights and the Constitution (4)
PLSI 561 Jurisprudence (4)
PSY 472 Introduction to Legal Psychology
SOC 459 Criminal Law and Social Process (4)
IV. Working with Diverse Communities 6-8
AIS 460 Power and Politics in American Indian History  
COMM 503 Gender and Communication (4)
COMM 525 Sexual Identity and Communication (4)
COMM 531 Conflict Resolution (4)
COMM 541 Intercultural Communication (4)
COMM 542 Intracultural Communication (4)
COMM 543 Dialogues Across Differences (4)
ETHS 330/ SOC 330 Comparative Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.: Class, Gender, and Nation
ETHS 466/ PLSI 466 Race and American Democracy (4)
ETHS 571 Women, Class, and Race
ETHS 665 Asian American Community and Public Policy
ETHS 670/ HIST 462 Making Whites: Race-making in America
HIST 465 American Ethnic and Racial Relations II: 1890-Present
SXS 455/ SS 455 Sex, Power and Politics
SXS 569/ PHIL 455 Sex and the Law
PLSI 512 GW/ USP 512 GW Urban Politics and Community Power - GWAR (4)
PSY 547 Social Conflict and Conflict Resolution
RAZA 415 Political Economy and Raza
RAZA 470 Raza Immigration to the U.S.
WGS 554 Immigration and Refugee Women
WGS 570 Issues in Women and Public Policy
Culminating Experience 4
CJ 680 Field Course in Criminal Justice (4)  
Total Units in Major 35-44

Note: A total of 30 units in the major must be in upper division courses. Up to a total of six transfer units in the following Criminal Justice courses completed at a community college may be counted toward meeting distribution requirements for the major:
1) Introduction to Criminal Justice in the "Administration of Justice" category and/or
2) Concepts of Criminal Law in the "Legal Studies" category. For applicable courses, go to the ASSIST website: http://www.assist.org/web-assist/welcome.html .

MINOR IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE STUDIES

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.

Courses Units
Foundation Courses 4
CJ 300 Criminal Justice:   A Cross-Disciplinary Perspective (4)  
Distribution Requirements
Select one course from each of the four categories (I-IV) below.
 12-16
I. Administration of Justice 3-4
CJ 340 Comparative Criminal Justice  
CJ 400 Police and Public Policy
CJ 420 Community Policing
CJ 430 Women in Policing
CJ 450 Jails and Prisons
CJ 451 The Architecture of Incarceration
CJ 460 Community Corrections and Sentencing
CJ 475 Intervention Policies in Juvenile Justice
CJ 480 California Corrections System
CJ 525 Global Restorative Justice and Corrections
CJ 530 Geographies of Social Control and Urban Diversity
PLSI 551 Judicial Process (4)
PSY 475 Psychology of Policing
SOC 455 Punishment and Social Control
II. Crime and Delinquency 3-4
COMM 445 Rhetoric of Terrorism (4)  
COMM 449 Rhetoric of Criminality and Punishment (4)
CJ 401 Criminal Profiling
CJ 405 Organized Crime
CJ 435/ RAZA 430 Race, Crime and Justice
CJ 461/ IR 361 Terrorism and Covert Political Warfare (4)
CJ 470/ SOC 452 Juvenile Justice (4)
CJ 485/
RAZA 485
Issues in the Criminalization of Latino Youth
CJ 515   Extremism as Crime
CJ 520 The Construction of Crime and Justice
ECON 515 Economics of Crime and Justice
SOC 362 Social Construction of Deviance and Conformity (4)
SOC 451 Criminological Theory (4)
SOC 454 White Collar Crime (4)
III. Legal Studies 3-4
AFRS 375 Law and the Black Community  
AFRS 376 Government, the Constitution, and Black Citizens
COMM 461 Issues in Free Speech (4)
CJ 335 Legal Writing and Research (4)
CJ 501 Criminal Law
CJ 502 Criminal Procedure
CJ 505/ IR 332 International Criminal Law (4)
ECON 516 Law and Economics
GPS 375/ PHIL 375 Peace Law and Human Rights in the U.S.
HIST 470 U.S. Constitution to 1877
HIST 471 U.S. Constitution Since 1877
PHIL 335 Law and Society
PHIL 380 Philosophy of Law
PLSI 457/ SOC 457 Sociology of Law (4)
PLSI 552 Individual Rights and the Constitution (4)
PLSI 561 Jurisprudence (4)
PSY 472 Introduction to Legal Psychology
SOC 459 Criminal Law and Social Process (4)
IV. Working with Diverse Communities 3-4
AIS 460 Power and Politics in American Indian History  
COMM 503 Gender and Communication (4)
COMM 525 Sexual Identity and Communication (4)
COMM 531 Conflict Resolution (4)
COMM 541 Intercultural Communication (4)
COMM 542 Intracultural Communication (4)
COMM 543 Dialogues Across Differences (4)
ETHS 330/ SOC 330 Comparative Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.: Class, Gender, and Nation
ETHS 466/ PLSI 466 Race and American Democracy (4)
ETHS 571 Women, Class, and Race
ETHS 665 Asian American Community and Public Policy
ETHS 670/ HIST 462 Making Whites: Race-making in America
HIST 465 American Ethnic and Racial Relations II: 1890-Present
SXS 455/ SS 455 Sex, Power and Politics
SXS 569/ PHIL 455 Sex and the Law
PLSI 512 GW/ USP 512 GW Urban Politics and Community Power - GWAR (4)
PSY 547 Social Conflict and Conflict Resolution
RAZA 415 Political Economy and Raza
RAZA 470 Raza Immigration to the U.S.
WGS 554 Immigration and Refugee Women
WGS 570 Issues in Women and Public Policy
Total Units in Minor 16-20

Note: A total of 13 units must be upper division courses. Up to a total of 3 transfer units in Introduction to Criminal Justice or Concepts of Criminal Law completed at a California community college may be counted towards meeting requirements for the minor. For applicable courses, go to the ASSIST website: http://www.assist.org/web-assist/welcome.html .



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