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Sonoma State University

CRIMINAL JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION


Department Office
Stevenson Hall 2084C
(707) 664-2934
www.sonoma.edu/cja

Department Chair
Patrick G. Jackson

Administrative Coordinator
Lisa Kelley-Roche

Faculty
Barbara Bloom, Diana Grant, Patrick Jackson, Craig Winston

Course Plan / Sample 4-year Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration/ Minor in Criminal Justice Administration / Individual Course Descriptions

Administration Programs offered
Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration
Minor in Criminal Justice Administration

The criminal justice administration major offers a liberal arts curriculum concerned with the changing nature and content of law, the shifting public expectations of criminal justice agencies, and the reactions of those agencies to social perceptions and political pressures.

The student is offered an interdisciplinary academic approach to the understanding of the mechanisms of social control, resolutions of criminal justice problems, and a knowledge of accepted procedures and alternatives. This general but all-important background serves as a base for the areas of emphasis that are of interest to the individual student. Fields of concentration – such as adult and juvenile probation, law enforcement, judicial administration, public advocacy, prevention and diversion, and correctional services – are studied in detail from several perspectives. Criminal justice administration majors are prepared to pursue graduate education in justice studies and the law, as well as other graduate fields.

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration

Degree Requirements Units
General education 51
Major core requirements 36
Electives (chosen under advisement) 24
Free electives 9
Total units needed for graduation 120

Please note that transferable units from other institutions may be applied to the category "electives chosen under advisement." The course work taken at this university to complete the major requirements must be selected in consultation with a department advisor.

Courses in Spanish and computer and information sciences are highly recommended as supporting subjects.

Students must consult with a faculty advisor before beginning core courses.

Major Core Requirements

CJA 201 (3) and 201C (1) Criminal Justice and Public Policy 4
CJA 220 Criminology or  
CJA 420 Seminar in Criminology 4
CJA 330 Government and the Rule of Law or CJA 404 Introduction to Constitutional Law 4
CJA 370 Seminar in Criminal Justice Methods 4
CJA 450 Punishments and Corrections 4
CJA 489 Civil Liberties and the Constitution or CJA 405 Rights of the Accused 4
CJA 490 Senior Seminar: Criminal Justice Administration 4
CJA 497 Juvenile Justice 4
CJA 499 Internship* 4
Total units in major core 36

* The internship requirement may be waived for students now or previously employed in criminal justice administration or a related area. It must be substituted with another 4 unit course.

Sample Four-Year Program for Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration

Freshman Year: 32 Units

Fall Semester (15 Units) Spring Semester (17 Units)
ENGL 101 (3) PHIL 101 (3)
Mathematics GE (3) GE (3)
GE (3) GE (3)
Electives (6) Computer Science (3)
SPAN 101 (4)
SPAN 101L (1)

Sophomore Year: 31 Units

Fall Semester (15 Units) Spring Semester (16 Units)
HUM 200 (3) GE (3)
GE (3) GE (3)
CJA 201 and CJA 201C (4) CJA 370 (4)
SPAN 102 (4) Elective (3)
SPAN 102L (1) GE (3)

Junior Year: 29 Units

Fall Semester (15 Units) Spring Semester (14 Units)
CJA 399 (1) CJA 330 (4)
CJA 420 (4) CJA 450 (4)
CJA 489 (4) Upper-Division GE (3)
Electives (3) Electives (3)
Upper-Division GE (3)  

Senior Year: 28 Units

Fall Semester (13 Units) Spring Semester (15 Units)
CJA Upper-Division Electives (4) CJA 490 (4)
Upper-Division GE (3) CJA 499 (4)
Electives (6) CJA 497 (4)
  Electives (3)
Total semester units: 120

Minor in Criminal Justice Administration

The minor consists of any 20-unit pattern of criminal justice administration courses chosen in consultation with a department advisor. A maximum of 4 units of special studies or internship credit may be applied to the minor.

Criminal Justice Administration Courses (CJA)

Classes are offered in the semesters indicated. Please see the Schedule of Classes for the most current information and faculty assignments.

201 Criminal Justice and Public Policy (3) Fall, Spring

A systematic analysis of the effectiveness and influence of criminal justice policy and practice throughout the criminal justice system. The focus is on the development and implementation of crime control policy. Satisfies GE, category D1 (Individual and Society). CJA majors should take CJA 201C concurrently.

201C Colloquium: Criminal Justice and Public Policy (1) Fall, Spring

220 Criminology (4) Fall or Spring

A survey of the theoretical explanations of delinquent and criminal behavior which examines the origins of criminal law, patterns of criminal behavior systems, and the nature and extent of criminal activity.

330 Government and the Rule of Law (4) Fall, Spring

Nature and development of law and legal institutions from philosophical, historical, comparative, and contemporary perspectives; interrelationships of law, morality, and custom; social control, legal change, and social change; and the legal profession.

340 Law Enforcement and Drug Legislation (4)

An examination of issues and problems that licit and illicit use of drugs poses to the administration of justice and corrections. It critically examines social theories and social policies in relation to drugs. Topics to be covered include: the origins of the contemporary drug crisis in the United States; the development of criminal justice policies regarding drug use; the varieties of drugs and the destructive problem created by each for law enforcement, adjudication, and corrections. Some emphasis will be placed on economics, politics, and international relations as a factor in enforcement policies.

365 Management in Public Agencies (4) Spring

Central concerns are the formation and administration of the managerial policies of public agencies. Focus on such vital issues as the allocation of public resources, public accountability, and the description, analysis, solutions, and synthesis of contemporary managerial problems in criminal justice agencies. Cross-listed as POLS 430.

370 Seminar in Criminal Justice Methods (4) Fall, Spring

A consideration of the methods used by criminal justice researchers in a variety of basic and applied settings. Topics include the choice of a problem, ethical issues, the logic of science, measurement, sampling procedures, surveys, coding, experimentation, observation, and summarizing findings.

375 Current Issues in Criminal Justice (4)

An in-depth examination of selected topics and issues in criminal justice. Specific course topic varies by semester.

399 Lecture Series (1-3) Fall, Spring

A weekly meeting offering presentations and discussions by guest lecturers on issues of current interest and importance. May be repeated for a total of 3–4 units.

404 Introduction to Constitutional Law (4) Spring

A survey of selected areas of constitutional law and Supreme Court decision making, considering the political and social influences as well as doctrinal forces which have produced various policies and interpretations. Cross-listed as POLS 423.

405 Rights of the Accused (4) Spring

Leading constitutional cases in criminal justice, including: search and seizure, death penalty, electronic surveillance, privilege against self-incrimination, jury trial, right to counsel, and double jeopardy, will be studied in detail. California Supreme Court decisions will be introduced where appropriate.

407 Police and Community Relations (4)

Examines the history and role of the police in democratic society, including police discretion, police/community relations, police misconduct, and the impact of police strategies such as community-oriented and problem-oriented policing.

420 Seminar in Criminology (4) Fall, Spring

An in-depth analysis of theories of criminal behavior; psychological, sociological, biological factors; professional criminals, white collar crimes, and other selected examples of deviant behavior and their relationship to agencies of social control. CJA 220 strongly recommended.

441 Deviant Behavior (4)

The social causes and consequences of insanity, delinquency, criminality, addiction, social unconventionality, and other "deviant" behavior. Examines the conversion and commitment to deviant world views, and the social processes involved in the transformation to a deviant identity.

450 Punishments and Corrections (4) Fall, Spring

A consideration of the problems created by pressures to punish and control criminals, the politics of control strategies, the use and misuse of probation and parole, the concept of corrections, and alternatives to incarceration.

489 Civil Liberties and the Constitution (4) Fall, Spring

An examination of fundamental principles of constitutional law that govern and constrain the powers and operations of criminal justice agencies and their personnel. The rights and immunities guaranteed by the Constitution in general, and the civil liberties, rights, and freedoms protected by the Bill of Rights will be covered. Rights of the accused will also be considered. Cross-listed as POLS 424.

490 Senior Seminar: Criminal Justice Administration (4) / Fall, Spring

A comprehensive synthesis and examination of the theoretical concepts and empirical findings of other courses in the major curriculum. Areas of special interest to the instructor and the students will be closely studied. Prerequisites: senior standing and/or consent of instructor.

494 Interdisciplinary Seminar

An exploration of selected criminal justice topics from an interdisciplinary perspective. Themes and topics may vary. May be repeated for credit.

495 Special Studies (1-4)

The supervised study of a particular problem or area of interest selected by the student in consultation with a sponsoring faculty member. Regular meetings will be arranged for discussions and progress evaluations, and a term paper is required. May be repeated for credit.

497 Juvenile Justice (4) Fall, Spring

An exploration of the nature and extent of juvenile delinquency, including serious or violent crime. The major theories of delinquency causation are reviewed. The course will be devoted to the juvenile justice system and how it processes youths accused of crime. The nature and function of all major segments of the juvenile justice system will be discussed, including law enforcement, juvenile court, and corrections. The legal rights of juveniles will also be reviewed. Finally, the current policy issues in juvenile justice will be explored.

499 Internship (4) Fall, Spring

In consultation with the major advisor, the student selects a public, private, or community agency; gains field experience under the supervision of agency heads, and meets with the faculty advisor to discuss progress. Cr/NC only. May be repeated for a total of 8 units.