Criminology and Justice Studies

Student Resources

Internship & Field Experience Courses

All CJS majors are required to complete an internship/field experience course with an attached internship or service learning component. We offer several options for courses and site placements focusing on areas of interest in the criminology and criminal justice field.

In response to COVID-19 pandemic, all internship work will need to be completed remotely for the spring 2021 semester. Even though these classes may not involve traditional internship work, completing one of these courses will still fulfill the requirement for the CJS major. Most internship and field experience courses will be offered remotely, though others will be offered in a hybrid (both online and face-to-face) format. For these courses, precautions and procedures related to COVID-19 will be in place and enforced. Please refer to the class meeting schedule provided in SOLAR and the information below to note the meeting format of these courses. For students who have questions or concerns about the meeting format of the courses, we encourage you to contact the course instructor directly. 

For specific questions regarding internships and field experience courses, contact Dr. Katherine Lorenz at katherine.lorenz@csun.edu

Internship/Field Experience Guide and Handbook:

All students, faculty, and internship site supervisors are expected to review the Internship and Field Experience Handbook, applicable to every class and good for students, faculty, and staff. We encourage students to review this document prior to beginning their internship/field experience work.

The CJS Internship Courses for Spring 2021:

For the spring 2021 the CJS department will be offering the following courses to fulfill the internship and field experience requirement. Please note that the structure and design of these courses have been modified to reflect the virtual learning mandate in response to COVID-19. Students are encouraged to choose the course that best fits their needs and career interests. Review the information below for information about each course for spring 2021 and instructions for applying to and enrolling in the each course. Note that there is not an application deadline, but we will enroll students until the courses are at capacity on a first-come-first-serve basis for eligible students. 

CJS 494 A/AA: Law Enforcement 

This course is designed for students who would like to learn more about the law enforcement field and profession. CJS 494 A/AA students enrolled in the Spring 2021 semester will be completing asynchronous work (class project) instead of internship hours. Students will be required to complete an individual project based on analyzing either a law enforcement agency or a law enforcement topic. Further information regarding the structure and content of the project will be provided on the first day of class. The class will meet synchronously (monthly) to assist students with the completion of their projects. 

To apply for this course, students should complete the course application. After completing the application, you will be contacted regarding enrollment. For specific questions, contact the course instructor Dr. Eric Gamino at eric.gamino@csun.edu

CJS 494A and CJS 494AA are co-requisite courses.

CJS 494 B/BB: Law and Courts

This course is designed for students who would like to learn more about the courts, law, and work as an attorney. Students will complete remote internship work for a judge, prosecutorial or public defender agency, law firm, or a similar setting. Students may also be placed for remote work at Los Angeles Teen Court or providing support to incarcerated persons. Students are able to find their own site placement at a legal organization or office if the work can be completed remotely, but must be approved by the course instructor. Students placed at (remote) sites will work approximately 80 hours during the semester. This class will meet weekly over Zoom at the specified times. 

For more information and to enroll in this course, contact the course instructor Professor Bruce Zucker at . Please provide your preference for site/program placement. Note that enrollment and placement is on a first-come-first-serve basis based on eligibility.

CJS 494B and CJS 494BB are co-requisite courses.

CJS 494 C/CC: Corrections 

Students enrolled in CJS 494 C/CC will take a critical look at current issues related to the field of corrections. Issues will revolve around the topics of mass incarceration, the experience of incarceration, and re-entry. Students will engage in meaningful discussions with peers about course topics and readings. Students will also hear from several guest presenters from various organizations, including but not limited to, LA County Probation, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation – Parole, LA County Detention Centers, and Behavioral Systems Southwest. Students will also have the opportunity to hear from previous offenders about the experiences and hurdles related to incarceration.

CJS 494 C/CC will be conducted in a hybrid style for Spring 2021. This means that students will be required to attend class meetings on campus periodically.

To apply for this course, complete the course application. After completing the application, you will be contacted regarding enrollment. For specific questions, contact the course instructor Dr. Marc Glidden at marc.glidden@csun.edu. CJS 494C and CJS 494CC are co-requisite courses.

CJS 494 E/EE: Community Programs

This course is a great opportunity for students who are interested in advocacy, community-based work, or would like to learn more about working in a non-profit organization. Students who enroll in this course will be completing approximately 80 hours of remote internship work (6 hours each week) at a site of their choosing.

Students must be accepted as an intern at a remote internship site before they are eligible to enroll in this course. We have a list of sites looking for remote interns for the Spring 2021 semester. Students should review this document and follow the instructions to apply to the internship site. Students are also welcome to find their own remote internship site, but this must be approved by the CJS department. 

CJS 494E/EE will be conducted in a hybrid style for Spring 2021. This means that students will be required to attend class meetings on campus periodically.

To be considered for this course, complete the course application and apply for internships using the list above. Once you have completed the application and are in process of applying to an internship site, contact Dr. Katherine Lorenz at katherine.lorenz@csun.edu for enrollment information. CJS 494E and CJS 494EE are co-requisite courses.

CJS 452MO: MOSAIC Youth Mentoring 

The MOSAIC program gives university students the opportunity to mentor youth "at risk" for academic failure, joining gangs, abusing drugs, and other negative outcomes while gaining valuable work experience in the field of education, social work, counseling, law enforcement, and probation. As part of this course, you will be trained as a part-time MOSAIC youth mentor, working in small groups directly with youth to build the self-efficacy that is crucial for academic and life success.

Student mentors will work to provide remote mentoring to youth. Student mentors will work approximately 60 hours (6 hours/week) during the hours of 8:30AM and 3:30PM, Monday through Friday. CJS 452MO will be conducted in a hybrid style for Spring 2021. This means that students will be required to attend class meetings on campus periodically.

To be considered for this course, complete the course application. After completing the application, eligible students will be contacted for an interview. For specific questions, contact the course instructor Dr. Alex Ojeda at alex.ojeda@csun.edu or Dr. Nayan Ramirez at nayan.ramirez@csun.edu

Pathway from Juvenile Justice (CJS 310) during Spring 2021 to MOSAIC for Fall 2021:

Are you interested in working with youth in your future career? The MOSAIC youth mentoring internship and field experience course allows you to gain hands-on experience mentoring youth in local alternative/continuation high schools. To prepare you for your internship experience in the MOSAIC course during the fall 2021, the spring juvenile justice class spends extra time throughout the semester focusing on issues related to mentoring at-promise youth. Because of this, students who take the Spring 2021 CJS 310 class will have priority registration for the Fall 2021 MOSAIC internship and field experience class.

To be considered for the MOSAIC Pathway CJS 310 course, you must complete an application. After completing the application, you will be contacted regarding enrollment. For specific questions, contact Dr. Nayan Ramirez at nayan.ramirez@csun.edu

CJS 480: Applied Research in CJS (Section 1)

The CJS 480 course combines field experience with empirical research. As part of this course, students will complete 40-50 hours of remote volunteer work at an online sexual violence support organization called A Voice For the Innocent. Students will work approximately 4 hours each week asynchronously providing support to sexual violence survivors and completing tasks for the organization. Students will be using their experience at this organization to complete a qualitative research project. This is a great opportunity for students who are interested in sexual violence work or advocacy, graduate school, or research. Students will leave this course with a solid writing sample for graduate school or job applications.

In addition to volunteer work, students will attend class over Zoom. Class will meet Tuesdays AND Thursdays for the first four weeks of the semester. Once students begin their volunteer work, they will only attend class once each week. 

To apply to this course, complete the course application. After completing the application, you will be contacted regarding enrollment. For specific questions, contact the course instructor Dr. Katherine Lorenz at katherine.lorenz@csun.edu

CJS 480: Applied Research in CJS (Section 2)

The CJS 480 course combines field experience work with research. In this course, students will complete 40-50 hours of volunteer work while completing a research project based on this experience. Students in this course will work with the LAPD PAL's (Police Activity League) program, a youth crime prevention program LAPD created and maintains. PAL's combines academic, athletic, recreational activities to work with "at-risk" youth in the city. This course is a great opportunity for students interested in policing, law enforcement, youth mentoring, graduate school, or research. 

CJS 480, Section 2 will be conducted in a hybrid style for Spring 2021. This means that students will be required to attend class meetings on campus periodically. Once beginning volunteer work, this course meets once each week.

To be considered for this course, complete the course application. After completing the application, you will be contacted regarding enrollment. 

CJS 452ME: Mentoring in Criminology and Justice Studies

This course will prepare students for success in their future careers in criminology/criminal justice or graduate school by increasing their understanding of theories of mentorship and restorative justice approaches to practice. The course will provide students with opportunities to learn about restorative justice approaches, practice professional skills, and apply effective mentoring strategies to real-world scenarios and with highly diverse populations. Specifically, students will have opportunities to apply theories and principles of mentoring in structured and supervised settings by mentoring first-year CJS students.

As part of this course, students will complete virtual/synchronous work and some asynchronous projects as well. Students are expected to create programming for the mentees/department and these activities must occur outside of scheduled class time. In addition to this work, students will meet as a class each week over Zoom.

To be considered for this course, complete the course application. After completing the application, you will be contacted for an interview. For specific questions, contact Dr. Nayan Ramirez at nayan.ramirez@csun.edu

Other Options for Satisfying the Internship/Field Experience Requirement:

Students can also enroll in internship/field experience courses outside of the CJS department. These courses have different requirements for enrollment and hours completion. We encourage students to review the information provided by these departments for more information. Any student who enrolls in an internship course outside of the CJS department must contact Dr. Katherine Lorenz at katherine.lorenz@csun.edu or Dr. Vickie Jensen at vickie.jensen@csun.edu for approval and substitution in your DPR. These opportunities include: 

Help with Internship Site Placement:

For students who are looking for and applying to internship sites, we encourage you to visit the Career Center. The Career Center can help in searching for internships, creating/revising resumes, and preparing for interviews. The Career Center is open, offering virtual services during remote learning. 

Graduate School Resources

Considering Graduate School?

CJS Professors are a great resource for students considering and preparing for graduate school. We have a group of faculty who serve as our Graduate School Advisement Committee. This committee has a Canvas group dedicated to providing important information and examples to help students prepare for graduate school and the application process. The committee also holds monthly workshops dedicated to preparing application materials. These faculty are also available for one-on-one consultation. 

Dr. Nayan Ramirez

Dr. Katherine Lorenz

Dr. Marc Glidden

Jaycynda Trifone-Woodruff 

Megan Mangassarian 

Dr. Brianne Posey

Dr. Jimin Pyo

Dr. Anastasiia Timmer  

For anyone interested in graduate school, we encourage you to complete the grad school interest form to be paired with an advisor and to be added to the Canvas page. We also encourage you to attend our monthly workshops. Students at all levels are welcome. It's never too early to start thinking about graduate school!

Here’s the information about the CJS Graduate Workshops for the fall 2020 semester:

To register, please email the CJS Dept. for the Zoom meeting details. Email: cjs@csun.edu to sign up.

Date

Time

Topic

September 11 12 to 1pm

 Overview of the application process

October 9

12 to 1pm

Writing a Personal Statement & Resume

November 6

12 to 1pm

Asking for LOR and Writing Samples

December 4

12 to 1pm

Self-care and Coping with Grad School

Important Dates for Fall 2020

Important Dates for Fall 2020

The Fall semester is only days away, with Friday-Saturday and Saturday-only classes beginning Aug. 22 and weekday classes beginning Aug. 24. 

Here are some important dates you’ll need to know to stay on top of your online learning this semester:

Aug. 14: Fall 2020 financial aid balance checks will be mailed or deposited by eRefund, starting approximately Aug. 12 and then weekly thereafter.

Aug. 23: Nonrestrictive registration ends.

Aug. 24: Late registration and schedule adjustment begin. Students may continue to adjust their academic schedules via online self-service registration through Sept. 18.

Aug. 26-30: Wait-listing classes continues. Permission is not required to add classes (except for restricted classes).

Aug. 31: Permission is required to add ALL classes. Wait-listing is not available.

Sept. 5-7: Labor Day holiday weekend — campus closed on Sept. 7; no classes in session Sept. 5-7.

Sept. 18: Last day to add, drop or change grading basis (CR/NC) using online, self-service registration. Formal approval is required to adjust your schedule starting Sept. 19.

Oct. 1: The 2021-22 Federal Student Aid and the California Dream Act application period begins.

Nov. 11: Veterans Day holiday — campus closed; no classes in session.

Nov. 26-27: Thanksgiving holiday — campus closed; no classes in session. Classes also will not be in session Nov. 28-29.

Dec. 8: Last day of formal instruction.

Dec. 9-15: Final exams.

Dec. 21: Instructors’ grades due. Grades can be accessed on myNorthridge Portal beginning Dec. 9, updated nightly thereafter.

Feb. 19, 2021:  Last day to submit documents for Fall 2020 graduation.

Academic Advisement

Advising within the Criminology and Justice Studies department offers personal one-on-one advising sessions with the Department Chair Dr. Vickie Jensen:  http://www.csun.edu/social-behavioral-sciences/sociology/vickie-jensen. Dr. Jensen's email is vickie.jensen@csun,edu.

  • **"Dr. Jensen is not an academic advisor, however, she is proficient in advising students within the major if they are having any difficulties with classes or needs a mentor to speak too.*

Please contact the Criminology and Justice Studies Department, either by emailing cjs@csun.edu or calling (818) 677–2117 for more information. 

**CSUN provides a wealth of academic advising services and resources for students including referrals to faculty and staff advisors in your major. **

When meeting virtually with Dr. Jensen it would be helpful to have ready any documents you might find necessary for your meeting. This might include:

  • Your DPR—Degree Progress Report.
  • And anything else you feel would be important.

Student Services Center and EOP Satellite

 

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The Student Services Center/EOP (SSC/EOP) for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is an academic support program that offers programs which enhance students' educational experiences, foster student development and promote academic success. The SSC/EOP serves majors in: Africana Studies, Anthropology, Criminology and Justice Studies, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology Sociology, and Urban Studies & Planning.

The SSC/EOP also provides additional services for majors in the College who are part of the Educational Opportunity Program. (EOP)

Our advisors are working remotely and available to assist students through phone or zoom advisement. To schedule an appointment, please email: appointmentrequest@csun.edu  or call 818-677-2658 and leave a message.

  • Make sure to include your name, ID number, and days and times of the week that you are available. Please make sure to include a call back number.  
  • Someone from our office will contact you to schedule your appointment. Additionally, if you have general questions you can also use the same email.

On and Off Campus Resources

On Campus:  CSUN offers amazing resources for students in their academic journey. Whether it be personal or academic related, CSUN can provide resources for Student Success. During the current health conditions, all services are being offered virtually. Thank you.

Each campus Department has their own 4 digit campus extension. From a campus phone, dial the 4 digit code. From off campus, please start with (818) 677 and then the 4 digit number.

 

 

Off Campus:

Criminaljustice.com is "a website dedicated to conducting unbiased research about criminal justice education and career opportunities. Our goal is to create a place where readers can acquire information and learn insights that can empower their career" (from criminaljustice.com. Here is a link to their SCHOLARSHIP information. 

TheBestColleges.org have recently created a guide to Scholarships for Criminal Justice Students, which includes a detailed list of athletic, academic, leadership, and minority scholarship opportunities. This is a really good resource for CSUN students and students at any institution.

Scholarships - Student Awards

The Department of Criminology and Justice Studies is pleased to provide awards to 11 outstanding students for the 2019-2020 academic year. Our department is grateful to those who donate so generously to these various awards and we would not be able to do this without their support. We also thank all of the students who applied for the various awards. Congratulations to the 11 winners, their names may be seen starting at minute 40:00 in the CJS 2020 Commencement Videos on You Tube.

For questions about any of the awards, please email Dr. Marc Glidden at marc.glidden@csun.edu

CJS has the following annual awards:

Community College Transfer Award

This award of $500 is intended to support a criminology and justice studies major who is in good academic standing with the university, who can demonstrate a desire to succeed in the field of criminology and justice studies, and who has transferred from a California Community College. 

 Requirements:

  • Applicant’s CSUN GPA must be 3.0 or higher
  • Applicant must be a transfer student from a California Community College with 60 completed units from a community college and enrolled as a Criminology and Justice Studies major

Emily Fox Memorial Award for Outstanding Work in Intimate Partner Violence

This award of $500 is intended to recognize a student who has done outstanding work in the quest of helping victims of intimate partner violence.

 Requirements:

  • Applicant must be either a Criminology and Justice Studies or Sociology Option 2 major
  • Applicant’s overall GPA must be 3.0 or higher
  • Applicant should have experience with or be interested in working with victims of intimate partner violence

Fred Mesropi Memorial Award

This award of $500 is intended to support a criminology and justice studies major who is in good academic standing with the university and who has demonstrated a commitment and interest in pursuing law as a career.

 Requirements:

  • Applicant’s CSUN GPA must be 3.0 or higher
  • Applicant must be a junior or senior as of Spring 2020 and enrolled as a major in the Department of Criminology and Justice studies
  • Applicants should be interested in a career in law

Lori Anderson Memorial Award

This award of $500 is intended to support an outstanding Criminology and Justice Studies or Sociology Option 2 student who wishes to pursue a career in law enforcement.

 Requirements:

  • Applicant’s overall GPA must be 3.0 or higher
  • Applicant must be a junior or senior as of Spring 2020
  • Applicant must be a Criminology and Justice Studies major or Sociology Option 2 major

Student Forward Award 

 This award of $500 is intended to support a criminology and justice studies major who is in good academic standing with the university, who can demonstrate a desire to succeed in the field of criminology and justice studies, and has experience in helping students/CSUN community in a food bank and/or other support program.

 Requirements:

  • Applicant’s CSUN GPA must be 2.5 or higher
  • Applicant must be a junior or senior as of Spring 2020 and enrolled as a major in the Department of Criminology and Justice studies
  • Applicants shall demonstrate their experience with a food bank or other student focused program that helps overcome barriers students face 

Svonkin Family Award

Applications are now open for the Department of Criminology and Justice Studies Svonkin Family Award.  This award was created by CSUN Alumnus Scott Svonkin who has a long history of public service within the Los Angeles area.

 This award of $1,000 is intended to support a criminology and justice studies major who is in good academic standing with the university, who can demonstrate a desire to succeed in the field of criminology and justice studies, and who is seeking a career in public service.

 Requirements:

  • Applicant’s CSUN GPA must be 3.0 or higher
  • Applicant must be a graduate of a LA or Pasadena Community College
  • Applicants must be a junior or senior as of Spring 2020 and enrolled as a major in the Department of Criminology and Justice studies
  • Applicants shall demonstrate their interest in pursuing a career in public service

 

3 + 3 Program with Southwestern Law School

BA/JD

CSUN and Southwestern Law School have established a joint, accelerated multiple-degree program through which students can earn both their Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor (JD) degrees in six years, rather than the usual seven.
 
Students who participate in the 3+3 B.A./J.D. Program will have their first year of law school count as the fourth year of their undergraduate education. Those students admitted to Southwestern through this program will also receive $10,000 Wildman/Schumacher entering student scholarships, which may be renewable in subsequent years depending on academic performance. Students from any discipline, including CJS, are welcome to apply. 
 

Master's Programs in Related Fields

Advanced Degrees in Forensics and Legal Psychology.

The following Masters Programs are available to further your education:

Master's of Science in Criminalistics at CSU Los Angeles

Master's of Science in Criminal Justice at San Diego State University

Master's of Science in Justice Studies at San Jose State University

Master's of Science in Criminology at San Jose State University

Master's of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice at CSU Long Beach

Master's of Public Administration in Criminal Justice Policy and Administration at CSU Dominguez Hills

Master's of Science in Criminology at Fresno State University

Master's of Science in Criminal Justice at Sacramento State University

Master's of Arts in Criminal Justice at CSU San Bernardino

Master's of Arts in Criminal Justice at CSU Stanislaus

Master's of Arts in Criminology, Law, and Society at UC Irvine

 

 

CJS Student Club

The Criminology and Justice Studies department is home to the Associated Students recognized and student-led organization: The Criminology and Justice Studies Club. 

This club is geared toward helping students learn about the criminal justice profession and network with those in the field. Meetings often include guest speakers from professionals in the field as well as field trips to local agencies and organizations. Meetings are geared toward the interests of student members and meetings are led by the club's executive board. This student-led club meets twice each month and is open to students of all majors and interests!

To join the club, email to be added to the email list and register through Associated Students MataSync.

The meetings dates for Fall 2020 are the following:

October 2: 1 to 2pm

October 16: 1 to 2pm

October 30: 1 to 2pm

November 6: 1 to 2pm

November 20: 1 to 2pm

December 4: 1 to 2pm

For the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters, all meetings will be held over Zoom. For meeting info, please email

For more information, follow the club on Instagram or Facebook!

This club is entirely student-led and under the advisement of Dr. Katherine Lorenz.

 

 

Honor Society - Alpha Phi Sigma

Honor Society Advisor:

 Dr. Nayan Ramirez

 Mission Statement:

The mission of Alpha Phi Sigma is to promote analytical thinking, rigorous scholarship and lifelong learning; to keep abreast of the advances in scientific research; to elevate the ethical standards of the criminal justice professions and to sustain in the public mind and benefit and necessity of education and professional training.

Purpose:

1.   Promoting academic excellence through the recognition of scholarship.

2.   Assisting in the development of professional and personal leadership among students and practitioners.

3.   Providing opportunities for services to the community and the profession,

4.   Encouraging greater communication among member chapters and the entire criminal justice profession.

**Requirements to JOIN the Honor Society** 

1). Undergraduate students shall be enrolled in California State University Northridge have declared a major; minor or equivalent in the criminal justice or related field, have completed three full time semesters or its equivalent, have a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale and rank in the top 35% of their class. A minimum of four courses of the above course work shall be in the criminal justice field. 

2). Graduate students shall be enrolled in a graduate program in criminal justice or related field, have completed four courses, have a minimum GPA of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale or rank in the upper 25% of their class. 

3). Transfer members from any Alpha Phi Sigma recognized chapter who transfers to California State University Northridge shall be accepted into Pi Beta Omicron Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma National Headquarters will not issue a new certificate of membership unless specially requested by the chapter advisor and paid for by the member.

 If you are interested in joining Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society, please email nayan.ramirez@csun.edu for more information.

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Current Sociology - Option II Majors

Welcome, Criminology and Justice Studies (CJS) is very happy to assist you as you work towards the completion of your Sociology degree.

You may remain a Sociology Option II Major, or you may inquire about Changing your Major to CJS.  Please see an Academic Advisor in Sierra Hall, room 204 for assistance.

Here is the program and course listing for Option II Majors (.pdf)

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Career Resources

Update on Law Enforcement Careers:  Since the pandemic forced the suspension of the early steps of recruitment and testing, the face to face pieces, like physical agility tests, even Academy classes, agencies have fallen behind meeting their recruitment goals. CJS has received multiple recent notifications that departments are moving forward again (now with social distancing and health precautions in place). Please check with the agencies you are interested in joining to see how you may proceed. We wish you good luck in your career pursuits.

Here within the department of Criminology and Justice Studies we have collected some online career and internship resources for students who are searching for those opportunities. We strongly encourage our students to utilize every resources available. 

CSUN also has on-campus resources for careers and internships, The Career Center offers resources in person and online for students and recent graduates.

The Career Center, located in Bayramian Hall 413, or call them at (818) 677-2878.