CCJS Major

Bachelor of Arts in Criminology & Criminal Justice Studies BA

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Advising Worksheet for students who declared on or after Fall 2011

Advising Worksheet for students who declared before Fall 2011


Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology & Criminal Justice Studies (BA)

(Only for students who declared on or after Fall 2011)

Units / Degree Requirements

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 your department advisor.

Courses in Spanish (for non-native speakers) and computer and information sciences are recommended as supporting subjects.

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

Major Core Requirements (all four units)

* The internship requirement may be waived for students now or previously employed in criminal justice or a related area.

Department learning goals and opportunities are available.

Roadmap to a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology & Criminal Justice Studies

Please note: this is only a sample of possible courses to take--you do not have to do this specific sequence of courses. We have been asked to put this example of a possible series of classes to take. However, this is not intended as a rigid series of courses.

Take this link to the CCJS Roadmap (NOTE: this is for students who declared prior to Fall 2011).

Minor in Criminology & Criminal Justice Studies

The minor consists of a 20-unit pattern of criminology and criminal justice studies courses at SSU chosen in consultation with a department advisor. These courses must be taken in residence and for a letter grade, with the exception of CCJS 499 (Internship). A maximum of 4 units of special studies or internship credit may be applied to the minor.

Criminology & Criminal Justice Courses

201 Criminal Justice and Public Policy (4)

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).

330 Government and the Rule of Law (4)

The historical, political, social, and philosophical antecedents of the American legal system will be examined and particular attention will be paid to the law as an instrument of social control. The role of the Supreme Court in interpreting the Constitution and the role played by judges in making judicial policy will be emphasized.

340 Law Enforcement and Drug Legislation (4)

An examination of issues and problems posed by the licit and illicit use of drugs for 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)

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)

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 Criminology & Criminal Justice (3-4)

An in-depth examination of problems and controversies in criminal justice. An examination of how the objectives of government and social planners may be achieved or blocked by criminal justice practices and procedures.

399 Lecture Series (1-2 units)

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 units.

404 Introduction to Constitutional Law (4)

An introduction to the decision-making process by the Supreme Court through the study of case law. Areas to be studied include separation of powers, war powers, federalism, interstate commerce, and judicial interpretation. Fundamental principles of constitutional law that govern and constrain the powers of government will be covered. Cross-listed as POLS 423.

405 Rights of the Accused (4)

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.

406 Violence and Terrorism (4)

An examination of the sanctioned use of violence in domestic and international dispute settlements and its implications regarding terrorist activities. The significance of race, national pride, and activities. How are violence and terrorism legitimized, authorized, an deprivation will also be covered.

407 Police, Courts and Community Relations (4)

The history of the police, police discretion, police minority relations, as well as the sentencing patterns of the courts will be examined. The significance of the role of the court as the last resort in dispute settlements and community relations will also be covered.

420 Seminar in Criminology (4)

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. CCJS 220 strongly recommended.

430 Women and Crime (4)

An in-depth analysis of women/girls and crime in the field of criminology and criminal justice. The class examines the significance of gender in pathways to crime as well as the nature and extent of female offending, victimization, and incarceration. The course focuses on feminist theory and methodology. (Crosslists with WGS)

441 Deviant Behavior (4)

The social causes and consequences of insanity, delinquency, criminality, addiction, social unconventionality, and other "deviant" behavior. Examine 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)

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 correction, and alternatives to incarceration.

470 Media, Crime and Criminal Justice (4)

Examines the role and significance of mass media to the field of criminology and criminal justice, including lawmaking, law breaking and the responses to rule violations. The course covers the historical and contemporary media coverage of crime and criminal justice; the structure and content of media coverage of crime and related information; as well as the role and importance of media in the formation of citizen attitudes and behavior, decision-making and public policy.

480 White Collar Crime (4)

Examines the various forms, causes and consequences of white collar crime compared to other crime; reviews relevant theory and research; considers the reasons for the difficulties in detection and prosecution and issues surrounding punishment; and examines the efficacy of prevention strategies.

489 Civil Liberties and the Constitution (4)

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. Cross-listed as POLS 424.

490 Senior Seminar: Criminology & Criminal Justice Studies (4)

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 (1-4)

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)

An exploration of the nature and extent of juvenile delinquency, with emphasis on serious or violent crime. The major theories of delinquency causation will then be 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)

In consultation with the intern coordinator, the student selects a public, private, or community agency, gains field experience under the super-vision of agency heads, and meets with the faculty advisor to discuss progress. CR/NC only. May be repeated for a total of 8 units.