Criminology and Justice Studies

Student Resources

Internship & Field Experience Courses

The Criminology and Justice Studies Dept. has various internship classes focusing on different areas of interest.

For Fall 2019, the Professors teaching the internship courses will be hosting a series of workshops. Juniors and seniors are welcome, there is no RSVP required. CJS majors and Sociology - Option II majors who have not fulfilled the internship requirement are strongly encouraged to attend. 

There is an Internship and Field Work Guide that has important information.

The information workshops will be as follows: 


Wed.    3/27       11am-1pm         SH 451

Wed.     4/3         12:30-2:30pm     SH 391

Fri.        4/5         11am-1pm         SH 451

Mon.    4/8         3:30-5:30pm       SH 287

Tues.    4/9         3:30-5:30pm       SH 287

Fri.        4/12       11am-1pm         SH 287

Information covered will include an overview of the five internship and field experience courses, finding the right course, the application process, requirements, placement at sites, and more.

Students who attend one of the sessions will have priority opportunity to apply for the internship and field experience courses.                                          

The CJS 494 Series; CJS 494 A/AA, CJS 494 B/BB and CJS 494 E/EE:

Criminology and Justice Studies has 3 Internship classes in the 494 series. We also have CJS 480 which is described below. Each of the 494 Internship classes requires an application and there is a screening process. The specifics will be discussed at the workshops (mentioned above). Preference will be given to graduating seniors.

CJS 494 A/AA is the course that focuses on law enforcement, security, or similar sites. The Professor is Dr. Eric Gamino. CJS 494 A and CJS 494 AA are co-requesites. Students may arrange their own academic internships with facilities closer to their homes, and CJS can supply the paperwork required to approve the location/arrangement.  We can also provide you with information on internships already in place closer to CSUN. Students may then be encouraged to set up their Livescan fingerprinting and complete whatever background checks that are associated with the perspective work site. Some sites have a training session and the fingerprinting and placement will be arranged. When the Fall 2019 semester begins, it is our hope that you are placed, and cleared to begin your hours right away.

CJS 494 B/BB is the course that centers on the law and the court system. Hours are done typically during business, court hours.  The Professor is Bruce Zucker. CJS 494 B and CJS 494 BB are co-requesites.

CJS 494 E/EE is the course that involves community based programs that deal with a number of issues, i.e. legal aid, domestic violence, etc. The Professor is Beth Jakubanis. CJS 494 E and CJS 494 EE are co-requisites.

CJS 480: Applied Research in CJS

The CJS 480 internship works exclusively with the DASH (Domestic Abuse Self Help) program, part of the NLSLA, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County. Students will spend a minimum of 40 semester hours volunteering at the Domestic Abuse Self Help (DASH) clinic, working directly with domestic violence litigants seeking temporary restraining orders. For more information regarding this course, please email CJS Professor Dr. Katherine Lorenz at . Dr. Lorenz will review your request and determine your eligibility. Thank you.

Other Internships:

Criminology and Justice Studies is constantly forging new relationships and seeking new academic Internship opportunities. CJS is working with the CSUN Police and Los Angeles Police Departments as well as many LA County agencies. Below is an incomplete list:                            

  • LA County Internships  (Academic related) Contact: Rodney Hoston (213) 893-7810  Students must create an online account first.
  • LA County Internships  (Not only Academic)
  • Judicial Internships (CSUN's Dept. of Political Science) Contact: Prof. Jason Morin,
  • Department of Justice  (State of CA)  Students are subject to Live Scan Screening.
  • United States Agency for International Development "USAID" (Paid and Unpaid Internships)
  • Department of Energy  
  • Probation Supporting Positive Change - Sacramento County Probation. Contact Mamie Yee, Probation Dept. intern Coordinator. Email: (916) 875-0556.    
  • Los Angeles County Probation - Volunteer  "Work With Us Program" Email:
  • US Customs and Border Protection (Internships may be converted into permanent positions)

 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.

Academic Advisement

Advising within the Criminology and Justice Studies department offers personal one-on-one advising sessions with the Department Chair Dr. Vickie Jensen:

  • **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.*

Call the Criminology and Justice Studies Department at (818) 677–2117 or stop by the office (Sierra Hall, room 165), 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. ** is for Academic Advisement within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. To seek advisement or to schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor, please call (818) 677-2658.

Students are encouraged to read the Student Guide to Academic Advisement.

When meeting with Dr. Jensen it would be helpful to bring in 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.

Graduate School Resources

Considering Graduate School?

Multiple CJS Professors want to be a resource for students considering and deciding on graduate school(s). Two of primary faculty members are Dr. Katherine Lorenz and Dr. Nayan Ramirez. There are workshops and information sessions offered, and the faculty encourage questions.

There is a Canvas page maintained by the faculty with important information and updates. To join the Canvas page, please email either Professor  or , or come to the CJS department office, Sierra Hall, room 165. Thank you and good luck.

CJS Professors:

  Dr. Katherine Lorenz                           

    Dr. Nayan Ramirez


3 + 3 Program with Southwestern Law School


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. 

Honor Society - Alpha Phi Sigma

Honor Society Advisors:

 Dr. Nayan Ramirez


  Dr. Katherine Lorenz

 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.


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 for more information.




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)


Master's Programs in Related Fields

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



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.

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: 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 Here is a link to their SCHOLARSHIP information. 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.

Career Resources

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.