Criminal Justice Studies Curriculum

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Studies (36 Units Minimum)

Core Courses (18 Units)

Core Courses
Code Title Units
C J 200 Construction of Crime and Justice 3
C J 230 Crime, Data and Analysis 3
C J 300 Criminal Justice: A Cross-Disciplinary Perspective 4
C J 330GW Research Methods in Criminal Justice - GWAR 4
C J 680 Field Course in Criminal Justice 4


Elective Courses (18 - 22 Units)

Power and Inequality (3 Units)

Select one:

Power and Inequality
Code Title Units
C J 435 Race, Crime and Justice 3
C J 485 Latina/o Youth, Crime and Justice 3
C J 530 Geographies of Social Control and Urban Diversity 3
C J 605 Criminalization of Gender and Sexuality 3

Criminal Justice Law and Administration (3 Units)

Select one:

Criminal Justice Law and Administration
Code Title Units
C J 400 Police and Public Policy 3
C J 450 Jails and Prisons 3
C J 480 California Corrections System 3
C J 501 Criminal Law 3
C J 502 Criminal Procedure 3

Additional Criminal Justice Studies Electives (12 - 16 Units)

Select four:

Code Title Units
AA S 595 Asian American Communities and Public Policy 3
AFRS 375 Law and the Black Community 3
AFRS 376 Government, the Constitution and Black Citizens 3
AIS 330 American Indian Law 3
AIS 460 Power and Politics in American Indian History 3
COMM 503 Gender and Communication 4
COMM 525 Sexualities and Communication 4
COMM 531 Conflict Resolution 4
COMM 541 Critical Approaches to Culture and Communication 4
COMM 543 Dialogues Across Differences 4
COMM 564 Issues in Free Speech 4
COMM 571 The Rhetoric of Terrorism 4
COMM 573 The Rhetoric of Criminality and Punishment 4
COUN 630 Legal Center Training I 3
COUN 631 Legal Center Training II 3
C J 320 Literature in Criminal Justice - Crime Control, Due Process and Class Justice 3
C J 323 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
C J 335 Legal Writing and Research 4
C J 340 Comparative Criminal Justice 4
C J 400 Police and Public Policy 3
C J 401 Criminal Profiling 3
C J 405 Organized Crime 3
C J 410 Crime Scene Investigation 3
C J 420 Introduction to Forensic Science 3
C J 435/LTNS 430 Race, Crime and Justice 3
C J 450 Jails and Prisons 3
C J 451 The Architecture of Incarceration 3
C J 452/SOC 451 Criminological Theory 4
C J 460 Community Corrections and Sentencing 3
C J 461/I R 361 Terrorism and Covert Political Warfare 4
C J 470/SOC 452 Juvenile Justice 4
C J 471 Contemporary Issues in Juvenile Justice 3
C J 475 Intervention Policies in Juvenile Justice 3
C J 480 California Corrections System 3
C J/LTNS 485 Latina/o Youth, Crime and Justice 3
C J 490 Immigration, Criminalization and Justice 3
C J 501 Criminal Law 3
C J 502 Criminal Procedure 3
C J 505 International Criminal Law 4
C J 510 Analysis of the Felon in Society 3
C J 515 Extremism as Crime 3
C J 525 Global Restorative Justice and Corrections 3
C J 530 Geographies of Social Control and Urban Diversity 3
C J 535 Alternatives to Criminalization 3
C J 550 School Violence and Discipline 3
C J 570 Urban Violence 3
C J 600 Youth Gangs in Community Context 3
C J 605 Criminalization of Gender and Sexuality 3
ECON 515 Economics of Crime and Justice 3
ECON 516 Law and Economics 3
HIST 465 American Ethnic and Racial Relations II: 1890-Present 3
HIST 470 The U.S. Constitution to 1896 3
HIST 471 The U.S. Constitution Since 1896 3
I R 360 Intelligence and Intelligence Agencies 4
I R/PLSI 362 Domestic Politics and U.S. Foreign Policy 4
I R/PHIL 435 Human Rights in Global Perspective 3
I R 453 Women and Media in International Relations 4
1 R/PLSI 459 Refugees in Global Perspective 4
LABR 650 Labor Law: An Introduction and Overview 3
LTNS 415 Economic Progress of Latinos in the U.S. 3
LTNS 470 Latina/o Immigration to the U.S. 3
PHIL 335 Law and Society 3
PHIL 378 Philosophy of Criminal Law 3
PHIL 379 Philosophy of Constitutional Interpretation 3
PHIL 380 Philosophy of Law 3
PLSI 478 Judicial Process 4
PLSI/USP 512 Urban Politics and Community Power 4
PLSI 552 Individual Rights and the Constitution 4
PSY 472 Introduction to Legal Psychology 3
PSY 475 Psychology of Policing 3
PSY 547 Social Conflict and Conflict Resolution 3
RRS 330 Comparative Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.: Class, Gender and Nation 3
RRS 571 Women, Class and Race 3
SOC 362 The Social Construction of Deviance and Conformity 4
SOC 455 Punishment and Social Control 3
SOC 457 Sociology of Law 4
SXS 455 Sex, Power and Politics 3
SXS 569/PHIL 455 Sex and the Law 3
WGS 513 Gender, War and Militarism 3
WGS 514 Women and the Prison Industrial Complex 3
WGS 554 Gender and Global Migration 3

Additional Information

A minimum of 30 upper-division units must be completed for the degree (including upper-division units required for the major, General Education, electives, etc.). A student can complete this major yet not attain the necessary number of upper-division units required for graduation. In this case, additional upper-division courses will be needed to reach the required total.

Up to a total of 6 transfer units in the following Criminal Justice courses completed at a community college may be counted toward meeting the "general electives" requirements for the major:

  1. Introduction to Criminal Justice
  2. Concepts of Criminal Law; for applicable courses, go to the ASSIST website

Bachelor of Arts students must complete at least 12 units of Complementary Studies outside of the primary prefix for the major. (Note: Students may not use an alternate prefix that is cross-listed with the primary prefix for the major.)

Students who complete two majors or a major and a minor automatically complete the Complementary Studies requirement. Additional ways to complete Complementary Studies for students in the Criminal Justice Studies major is to meet with your Online Success Coach to identify 12 units of courses complementary to the major. With Online Success Coach approval, up to 12 of these units may be used to satisfy units in the major. Consult with your Online Success Coach for assistance.

Students who have earned AA-T or AS-T degrees and are pursuing a similar B.A. degree at SF State are required to fulfill the Complementary Studies requirement as defined by the major department. Students should consult with the Online Success Coach about how transfer units and/or SF State units can best be applied to this requirement to ensure degree completion within 60 units.

General Education Requirements

Note: LD = Lower-Division; UD = Upper-Division.


SF State Studies

Courses certified as meeting the SF State Studies requirements may be upper or lower division in General Education (GE), a major or minor or an elective.

SF State Studies
Requirement Course Level Units Area Designation
American Ethnic and Racial Minorities LD or UD 3 AERM
Environmental Sustainability LD or UD 3 ES
Global Perspectives LD or UD 3 GP
Social Justice LD or UD 3 SJ

Note: LD = Lower-Division; UD = Upper-Division.

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