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Criminal Justice

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (code CRIMBS01) (120 units)

This program is designed to accommodate the needs of new college students, continuing students, transferring students, and experienced criminal justice practitioner. We offer sufficient courses in the evenings for students to graduate with this degree without taking daytime classes.

Students intending to transfer from community colleges to this University are advised to complete general education requirements while attending the community college. Courses equivalent to CRJU 101 and lower-division cognate courses (SOC 100, PSY 100, POSC 100 and PHIL 170), should be taken while attending community college. Other criminal justice courses taken at community colleges will be accepted as lower-division electives provided the college where they were taken designated them as transferable to CSU. These courses cannot be substituted for upper-division criminal justice courses.

Admission Under Impaction

Refer to the following website for additional impaction criteria:


1. Major Courses: Take 48 units of criminal justice as follows:

  • A. Take 36 units of the following core courses:
    • CRJU 101 The Criminal Justice System in Society (3)
    • CRJU 110 Introduction to Justice Research, Writing, and Reasoning (3)
    • CRJU 301 Criminal Courts and Judicial Processes (3)
    • CRJU 302 Policing (3)
    • CRJU 303 Corrections: Theory, Policy, Practice Corrections (3)
    • CRJU 304 Criminological Theory (4)
    • CRJU 320 Criminal Justice Research Methods (4)
    • CRJU 325 Statistics for Criminal Justice (4)
    • CRJU 330 Criminal Justice Ethics, Values & Diversity (3)
    • CRJU 340 Substantive Criminal Law (3)
    • CRJU 350 Constitutional Criminal Procedure (3)
  • B. Take 3 units of the following restricted options courses:
    • CRJU 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 408, or an approved 490 special topics course.
  • C. Take 3 units of any upper-division elective criminal justice course (i.e., course not in core or restricted options), or
    • EMER 405 Campus and Community Volunteer Emergency Response (3)
  • D. Take 6 units of integrative experience in one of the following three ways (note that options 2 and 3 require permission of a sponsoring faculty member):
    • 1. CRJU 492 Internship (6); or
    • 2. CRJU 497 Independent Study/Directed Research (3) and any 400-level CRJU elective; or
    • 3. CRJU 497 Independent Study/Directed Research (3) and CRJU 498 Thesis (3)

Each core or restricted option courses on the student's program planner must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. In addition, a course which a grade lower than "C" is received must be retaken and successfully completed prior to enrolling in a course for which it is a prerequisite. A student receiving a grade lower than a "C" may proceed with other courses with approval of department advisor or chair.

2. Cognate Courses: Take 6 courses in related disciplines (these satisfy CSULB General Education requirements) from the following:

  • PHIL 170 Critical Reasoning (3)
  • POSC 100 Introduction to American Government (3)
  • PSY 100 General Psychology (3)
  • PSY 370 Abnormal Psychology (3)
  • SOC 100 Principles of Sociology (3)
    • and either:
  • PHIL 352I Philosophy of Law (3)
    • or
  • PHIL 451I Liberty and Justice: Race, Ethnicity & Gender in American Law (3)