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2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

Criminal Justice

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (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)
      Prerequisites/Corequisites: One GE Foundation course.
    • CRJU 110 Introduction to Justice Research, Writing, and Reasoning (3)
      Prerequisites/Corequisites: ENGL 100.
    • CRJU 301 Criminal Courts and Judicial Processes (3)
      Prerequisites/Corequisites: CRJU 101 and 110 (may be taken concurrently).
    • CRJU 302 Policing (3)
      Prerequisites: CRJU 101 and 110 (may be taken concurrently.)
    • CRJU 303 Corrections: Theory, Policy, Practice Corrections (3)
      Prerequisites: CRJU 101 and 110 (may be taken concurrently).
    • CRJU 304 Criminological Theory (4)
      Prerequisites: CRJU 101 and 110.
    • CRJU 320 Criminal Justice Research Methods (4)
      Prerequisites: CRJU 101, 110 and 304 (may be taken concurrently).
    • CRJU 325 Statistics for Criminal Justice (4)
      Prerequisites: CRJU 101, 110 and 320.
    • CRJU 330 Criminal Justice Ethics, Values & Diversity (3)
      Prerequisites: CRJU 302 and 303.
    • CRJU 340 Substantive Criminal Law (3)
      Prerequisites: CRJU 101, 110, and 301.
    • CRJU 350 Constitutional Criminal Procedure (3)
      Prerequisites: CRJU 101, 110, and 301.
  • 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)
      Prerequisites: None.
  • D. Take at least 6 units of a Senior Integrative Experience in one of the following four ways (note that option 4 requires permission from 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. Any 400-level CRJU elective (3) and any one of the following experiential learning courses: CRJU 405, 423, 430, 440, 441, 470, or any upper-division CRJU travel-study course; or
    • 4. CRJU 497 Independent Study/Directed Research (3) and CRJU 498 Thesis (3)

Courses taken to fulfil options 2 and 3 may not be used to satisfy either the restricted option or in-major elective requirements of the criminal justice major.
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)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: GE Foundation requirements Category A.1 (Written English).
  • POSC 100 Introduction to American Government (3)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: GE A1 requirement.
  • PSY 100 General Psychology (3)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: GE A1 requirement.
  • PSY 370 Abnormal Psychology (3)
    Prerequisites: PSY 100, GE Foundation requirement and upper division standing.
  • SOC 100 Principles of Sociology (3)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: GE A1 requirement.

and any one of the following:

  • CDFS 319I, CLSC 410I, GEOG 301I, PHIL 352I, PHIL 451I, PSY 350I, RGR 400I, SOC 335I.
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