Criminology and Justice Studies

Student Resources

CJS Statement Condemning Violence towards Asian & Pacific Islander Communities

CJS Statement Condemning Violence towards AAPI Communities

Our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities have often suffered a volatile history of abuse and violation of constitutional and human rights since they began migrating to the United States in the 1800s. This shameful history involves prejudice, discrimination, violence, and unjust confinement, in addition to a consistent lack of attention and awareness on how these issues have affected AAPI communities historically. Most recently, the tragic events in Atlanta, as well as a surge in anti-AAPI crimes in California, remind us that discrimination, prejudice, and hate toward AAPI communities is intersectional and often manifests in acts of racialized violence against women and those in marginalized communities.

The Department of Criminology and Justice Studies stands in solidarity with our AAPI students, faculty, staff, and our broader AAPI communities. We condemn the recent acts of gendered and racialized violence and hate that resulted in the tragic death of eight victims in Atlanta. We live in a country where AAPI communities have been mocked, maligned, stereotyped, and fetishized by national and local leaders, in the media, and by other communities, and increasingly so since the pandemic. During the COVID-19 pandemic alone, anti-AAPI hate crimes have increased dramatically, with women representing a majority of victims. The anti-AAPI hate crime that occurred in Atlanta, as well as those in California, reinforce how white supremacy and misogyny continue to target vulnerable individuals in our society. These events are consistent with an American history of racial and immigrant intolerance and sexism. These behaviors and the dialogue of intolerance that contribute to them are unacceptable at every level and in every way.

Criminology and Justice Studies grieves with the families of the victims and we will continue to work towards eliminating racialized and gender-based violence, hatred, and discrimination — and hold the perpetrators accountable for their actions. We commit our continued support in preventing hate crimes against any group through our teaching, research, and service, as well as through our departmental practices and policies, in our pursuit of a truly just society.

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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.

Information for fall 2021: Our decision to offer in-person internship/field experience courses and internships/service learning is based on guidance from CSUN, local and state ordinances, and CDC guidelines. We are currently planning to offer internship courses in-person/on-campus and have a both virtual and in-person internship/field experience options based on students needs. For in-person courses, instructors and students will be required to adhere to safety guidelines set forth my CSUN. 

Please note that we may switch back to fully online dependent on the guidance received from local public health authorities. 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. 

CJS Internship/Field Experience Courses for Summer 2021:

CJS 480: Applied Research Methods in CJS

In this course, students will work in groups on a data project using quantitative datasets. Students will select a topic of interest with their groups and then work together to answer a research question using criminological theory. Students will conduct statistical analyses and write up their project as a research poster throughout the summer session. This course is a great opportunity for students interested in further developing their research skills or those considering graduate school.

Ideally, students taking this course should have completed SBS 320 or a statistics course, but this is not a requirement. This course will meet over Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays over the summer session. 

To enroll in this course, complete this application. Following the application submission, you will be contacted regarding enrollment. 

For specific questions, contact Dr. Nayan Ramirez ( )

The CJS Internship/Field Experience Courses for Fall 2021:

For the fall 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 in response to health and safety precautions to prevent the spread of 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 fall 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 

CJS 494A/AA-01 (section 1): This course is designed for students who would like to learn more about the law enforcement field and profession. This section of CJS 494A/AA is for students who 1) are not comfortable returning to on-campus instruction; or 2) students who identify a policing organization on their own to complete an internship. CJS 494A/AA-01 students enrolled in the Fall 2021 semester who do not have an internship site 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. Students who self-place at a law enforcement organization will complete 120 internship hours and a project related to their internship work. The class will meet online once each month to assist students with the completion of their projects. 

CJS 494A/AA-02 (section 2): This course is designed for students who would like to learn more about the law enforcement field and profession. CJS 494A/AA-02 students will be required to complete 120 field internship hours during the semester that will be completed in-person at the LAPD-Valley Bureau police station. This class will meet in-person (tentative regarding guidance in response to COVID-19). 

To be considered for either of these sections, complete the course application. You will be asked to indicate which section you would like to be enrolled. After completing the application, Dr. Gamino will follow up with you directly regarding your application and enrollment.

For specific questions, contact the course instructor Dr. Eric Gamino at eric.gamino@csun.edu

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. Internships are available through the Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County's Self-Help Legal Access Centers, Los Angeles Teen Court, the Post-Conviction Assistance Project, and other sites. Students can find their own site placement at a legal organization or office, but must be approved by the course instructor. Please complete the application.

The class will be meeting either in-person or a hybrid format, depending on local guidance regarding COVID-19. Please contact the course instructor for further information.

To apply for this course, complete the application and email to Professor Bruce Zucker ( ). After reviewing your application, Professor Zucker will contact you regarding enrollment.

For specific information, contact the course instructor Professor Bruce Zucker ( ). 

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. Due to COVID-19, this course will not involve internship placements or work for the fall 2021 semester. The class may meet on campus based on local, CSUN COVID-19 guidelines.

To be considered for this course, complete the application. After you submit your application, Dr. Glidden will follow up with you directly regarding enrollment and placement at an internship site. 

For specific questions, contact the course instructor Dr. Marc Glidden at marc.glidden@csun.edu

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 enrolled in this course will meet on-campus during scheduled meeting times, dependent on CSU, CSUN, local, and state ordinances. 

Students must be accepted an an intern before they are able to enroll in this course. Please review the list of sites that are looking for interns for the fall 2021 semester. This list will include both in-person and remote/online internships. 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. 

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 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. This class and the mentoring work will be taking place online or in a hybrid format. 

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

For specific questions, contact 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 Spring 2022, 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 complete the Fall 2021 CJS 310 class will have priority registration for the Spring 2022 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 online 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. Due to the research focus of the course, students enrolled in this course should have already completed CJS 430/L or be taking these courses at the same time.

In addition to volunteer work, students will attend class on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Class will meet Tuesdays AND Thursdays for the first four weeks of the semester. Once students begin their volunteer work (week 4), they will only attend class once each week on Tuesday OR Thursday. This class is scheduled to meet on-campus but may switch to Zoom meetings dependent on CSUN, state, and local guidelines. The instructor will be in contact closer to the start of the semester regarding the meeting format of this course. Regardless of class meetings in-person or online, the volunteer work will remain online. 

To be considered for this course, complete the application. After completing the application, the instructor will follow up directly 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. 

This course and the volunteer work are scheduled to occur in-person. However, based on CSUN, local, and state guidelines, this class may be offered online or in a hybrid format. 

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

For further questions regarding this course, contact Dr. Katherine Lorenz ( ).

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 will complete their mentoring in-person and over Zoom, with the class meeting on-campus based on local COVID-19 guidelines. Students are expected to create programming for the mentees/department and these activities may occur outside of scheduled class time. In addition to this work, students will meet as a class each week in person (tentative). 

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. Eric Gamino

Dr. Katherine Lorenz                 Dr. Marc Glidden

Dr. Brianne Posey                     Dr. Jimin Pyo             

Dr. Anastasiia Timmer              Dr. Vickie Jensen

Jaycynda Trifone-Woodruff        Megan Mangassarian     

Other CJS Faculty as well!

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!

The CJS Graduate Workshops for the Spring 2021 semester will be held on the second Friday of each month.

The dates for the Friday events will be:  February 12, March 12, and April 9. Each workshop will start at 11:00 AM, and finish at 12:00 PM.

Please contact CJS (Email: cjs@csun.edu ) as soon as possible if you need accommodations. Each workshop will cover a different set of topics, and questions are welcomed. We hope to see you there. Thank you.

 

Scholarships - Student Awards

 The Department of Criminology and Justice Studies is very proud to announce a number of student awards for the 2020-2021 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.

  • Please review the various award requirements below to see which one(s) you may qualify for. Students are encouraged to apply for each of the awards for which they are eligible.
  • Applications must be submitted online via the appropriate link. The deadline for submission is Friday, April 9, 2021.

For questions about any of the awards or application process, please email Dr. Glidden at 

Nick Zingo Memorial Award

(Link - https://forms.gle/DbHiVC4LaYjc3pGC8)

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 has an interest in a career in public service.

 Requirements:

 Applicant’s CSUN GPA must be 3.0 or higher

  • Applicant must be a junior or senior as of Spring 2021 and enrolled as a major in the Department of Criminology and Justice studies
  • Applicants should be interested in a career in public service

Community College Transfer Award

(Link - https://forms.gle/KycmAtocGy4CTTCv8)

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

(Link - https://forms.gle/824NLxCKzcBY7LbQ8)

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

(Link - https://forms.gle/qjBuUw2s3aM8Atyf9)

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 2021 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

 (Link - https://forms.gle/ixm7SgXgrUu4RpaA9)

 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 2021
  • Applicant must be a Criminology and Justice Studies major or Sociology Option 2 major

Pay It Forward Award

 (Link - https://forms.gle/q4F2Ze6vrfbeheHL7)

 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 2021 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

 (Link - https://forms.gle/8wsgipKT5DLJHoZV7)

  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 2021 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

 

 

Important Dates for Spring 2021

Important Dates for Spring 2021

The Spring 2021 semester is only weeks away. Here are some important dates you’ll need to know to stay on top of your online learning this semester:

December 9, 2020 Wednesday, Repeat class(es) and non-restrictive registration begins.

January 18, 2021 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; Campus Closed

January 25, 2021 Monday Classes begin.

March 15 -21 Monday-Sunday Spring Recess; No instruction

March 31, Wednesday César Chávez Holiday; Campus Closed.

May 14 Friday Last day of formal instruction May 15 Saturday Honors Convocation May 15-21 Saturday-Friday Final examinations

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

 

social and behavioral science students at convocation

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.

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 Spring 2021 are the following: All meetings are held on Zoom, on Thursdays from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM.

February 25         March 11          March 25

April 8                 April 22            May 6

This is a great chance for students, especially CJS majors to meet and share interests. Please email them at

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

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

 

 

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. 
 

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.

Graduate Schools

Specific Links:

Nov. 2020  UC Irvine Post Baccalaureate Program in Psychological Science:   www.ps.soceco.uci.edu  Applications:  https://tinyurl.com/y4r8r7ye

Other Programs.

Arizona State University, M.S. and PhD programs:

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

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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

 

 

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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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.

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