Criminology and Justice Studies

CJS Program Requirements

I:   Basic Requirements (6)

  • CJS 102:  Introduction to Criminology and Justice Studies (3)
  • OR:  CJS 302:  Crime, Criminal Justice, and Society (3)
  • CJS 360:  Career Planning in Criminal Justice (3)

II:  Criminal Justice Foundations (21)

  • A.  Systems of Justice (6)
    • CJS 310:  Juvenile Justice (3)
    • CJS 370:  Criminal Justice Systems (3)
  • B:  Criminal Law and Ethics (6)
    • CJS 320:  Introduction to Criminal Law and Legal Analysis (3)
    • CJS 340:  Ethics in Criminal Justice (3)*
  • C:  Criminal Justice Theory and Research Methods (9)
    • CJS 350:  Criminological Theory (3)
  • Select one set of methods courses:
    • SBS 320:  Social Science Research Methods (3) AND
    • CJS 430/L:  Criminology and Justice Methods and Lab (2/1)
    • OR:   
    • GEOG 206/L:  Introduction to Geographical Information Science and Lab (3) AND
    • GEOG 306/L:  Intermediate Geographical Information Science and Lab (3)

III:  Applied Research and Field Experience in Criminology and Justice (3)

Select 1 from the following:

  • CJS 480:  Applied Research in Criminology and Justice Studies (3)
  • CJS 494A-E/CJS AA-EE:  Criminal Justice Internships Seminar and Field Experience (2/1)
  • POLS 494J:  Judicial Internship (3)
  • SOC 420:  Mentoring to Overcome Struggles and Inspire Courage (MOSAIC) (3)
  • Other relevant internship or service learning courses may be considered on a case by case basis by the department.

IV:  Area Studies in Criminology and Justice (18)

Cross-Cultural /Cross-National Criminology and Justice (3)

Select 1 of the following:

  • AIS 304:  American Indian Law and Policy (3)*
  • CJS 328:  Diversity and Crime (3)
  • CJS 418:  Gender and Crime (3)
  • CJS 438:  Gender and Criminal Justice (3)
  • CJS 448:  Global Perspectives in Crime and Justice (3)

Victimization (3)

Select 1 of the following:

  • CJS 326:  Victimology (3)
  • CJS 446:  Domestic Violence (3)

Criminology (6)

Select 2 from the following.  At least one course must be from CJS.

  • GWS 370:  Women and Violence (3)*
  • CJS 402:  Gangs (3)
  • CJS 422:  White Collar Crime (3)
  • CJS 432:  Alcohol, Drugs, and Crime (3)
  • CJS 452AA-ZZ:  Selected Topics in Criminology (3)

Criminal Justice (6)

Select 2 from the following.  At least one course must be from CJS:

  • CJS 334:  Law Enforcement and Security (3)
  • CJS 344:  Corrections (3)
  • CJS 444:  Community Corrections (3)
  • CJS 454AA-ZZ:  Selected Topics in Criminal Justice (3)
  • COMS 325:  Legal Argumentation (3)
  • COMS 446:  Rhetoric of Crime and Punishment (3)
  • LING 310:  Language and the Law (3)*
  • POLS 426:  International Law (3)
  • POLS 450:  Jurisprudence (3)
  • POLS 455:  Criminal Procedures (3)
  • POLS 457B:  Constitutional Law II (3)
  • PSY 386:  The Role of Psychology in the Legal Process (3)
  • SOC 434:  Sociology of Law

*Indicates course available for Upper Division General Education.  Students will be required to meet the CSUN minimum for upper division coursework which may require additional upper division electives if 9 units of GE are taken within the major.

Total Units for the Major:  48