Graduate Coordinator: S. Bailis
Associate Professors—Busacca, Keith
B.A. in Social Science: Concentration in Criminal Justice
Minor in Social Science
M.A. in Social Science: Concentration in Interdisciplinary Studies
The concentration in criminal justice is designed for students who wish to explore the field of criminal justice as liberal arts education, and/or as preparation for graduate education (e.g., law school, graduate school in one or more substantive behavioral and social sciences), and/or as a potential career.
The minor gives students an opportunity to complement their disciplinary major with an experience with several other disciplines as well as the interdisciplinary approach to knowledge.
The Master of Arts in Social Science with a Concentration in Interdisciplinary Studies is intended for students who want an inter-departmental program. Each student's program is planned around a topic or problem chosen in consultation with an adviser and committee. The degree program provides for students who are interested in: studying human phenomena through the integrated perspectives of several social and behavioral science disciplines; preparing for careers in public agencies or private concerns which require a broad and coherent preparation in the social and behavioral sciences; expanding their backgrounds for more advanced graduate study; and seeking secondary, single subject, or community college teaching credentials.
BACHELOR OF ARTS IN SOCIAL SCIENCE (INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES)
Each student's program is developed in consultation with the department advisers, in accordance with the patterns below. Courses for this discipline are listed in alphabetical sequence [see Social Science (Interdisciplinary Studies) discipline in the Announcement of Courses section].
Required Courses Units SS 300 Social Sciences Core I 3 SS 301 Social Sciences Core II 3 SS 600 Seminar in Method and Interdisciplinary Analysis 3 SS 697 Senior Project Seminar 1 SS 698 Senior Project in the Social Sciences 2 Total required units 12 Individually Chosen Courses Nine upper division courses in the social and behavioral sciences and related fields must be selected around a focus, theme, concentration, or integrating principle to form a coherent program based upon the individual student's interest. Approval of department adviser is mandatory. At least two of the nine upper division courses must bear the Social Science prefix, and not more than four of the nine courses can be from any one department or program. The total number of units will vary according to whether courses carry three or four units of credit. 27-36 Total 39-48
Core Courses Units SS 300 Social Sciences Core I 3 SS 301 Social Sciences Core II 3 SS 600 Seminar in Method and Interdisciplinary Analysis 3 SS 697 Senior Project Seminar 1 SS 698 Senior Project in the Social Sciences 2 Total for core 12 Concentration One course from each of the following nine areas: Area 1. Introduction to the Field of Criminal Justice 4 CJ 300 The Criminal Justice System (4) Area 2. The Nature of Crime and Deviant Behavior 4 SOC 362 Deviance & Conformity (4) SOC 451 Criminological Theory (4) Area 3. Law and Justice in History and Society 4 CJ 500 Criminal Law (4) SOC 459 Criminal Law and Social Process (4) PLSI 552 Individual Rights & the Constitution (4) Area 4. The Administration of the Law 3-4 CJ 450 Jails and Prisons (4) SOC 455 Punishment and Social Control (4) An upper division course on advisement Area 5. The Law as Philosophy 3 PHIL 335 Law and Society PHIL 380 Philosophy of Law Area 6. Law Enforcement and Public Policy 3-4 CJ 400 Police and Public Policy (4) An upper division elective course on advisment Area 7. The Law as Reflection of Culture and Change 3 SS 360 The Individual in Modern Society SS 410 Perspectives on American Culture SS 510 Sociocultural Change and Interdisciplinary Analysis Area 8. The Law as History or Economics 3 An upper division elective on advisement in History or Economics Area 9. Field Study in Criminal Justice 4 CJ 680 Field Course in Criminal Justice (4) Total for concentration 31-33 Total for major 43-45
Program Requirements Units SS 300 Social Sciences Core I 3 SS 301 Social Sciences Core II 3 SS 600 Seminar in Method and Interdisciplinary Analysis or An equivalent methods course from another discipline in the behavioral and social sciences 3-4 Three upper division courses from three different disciplines in the behavioral and social sciences and related fields. These courses must be chosen in consultation with an adviser, and students majoring in a behavioral or social science may not double count courses taken in their major discipline to meet this requirement 9-12 Minimum total 18-22
After the student has completed between nine (9) and fifteen (15) units of work toward the degree, the graduate adviser will assist in choosing a three-member faculty committee. This committee will normally include at least one member of the Social Science Program (Interdisciplinary Studies) and at least one member from the faculty of a specialized discipline who has an interest in the core topic around which the student plans the degree program. The full committee is responsible for guiding and supervising the student's graduate study.
Courses for this discipline are listed in alphabetical sequence [see Social Science (Interdisciplinary Studies) discipline in the Announcement of Courses section]. Except for S S 600, 650, and 698, all upper division and graduate courses offered by all departments within the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, as well as certain courses offered elsewhere in the university, may be considered as potentially applicable to the student's program. At least one half of all units included on the GAP must be earned in graduate level courses.
Program Units S S 710 Interdisciplinarity in the Social Sciences 3 S S 800 Seminar in Interdisciplinary Applications 3 Graduate seminars in each of two social science disciplines relevant to focus of student's program 6 An advanced course in research methods and techniques 3 Additional upper division or graduate courses in two or more disciplines selected in consultation with adviser which are relevant to the topic or problem of student's program focus 15 S S 898 Master's Thesis 3 Minimum total 33 and Master's Comprehensive Written Examination
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