Criminal Justice Studies, CJS major, BA degree

Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

CJ Handout (SRC pdf)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major?

The multidisciplinary program in Criminal Justice Studies (CJS) explores the conception and implementation of law, crime and justice systems and ideas. The program emphasizes critical thinking about law, crime and justice systems and their entanglement with larger political economic processes. In particular, the program explores how ideas and systems of crime, law and justice shape broader issues of social justice, especially those related to the experience of race, class, gender, sexuality, and age inequity in the U.S. The program teaches students the skills of critical analysis and ethical reasoning such that students can challenge structures and assumption and innovatively contribute to the assessment of alternative solutions to problems associated with the identification, control and prevention of crime and delinquency.

When should I first meet with my major department?

Anytime you are interested in discussing your major, but definitely by your fourth semester at SF State.

How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them?

You can contact any major advisor, including the department chair, by visiting their drop-in office hours. You can also contact the department chair for advising via email, or a phone or video appointment.

Where can I find information about major advising? Please see CJS's website for more advising information and for CJ faculty office hours.
Does your department have a major planning sheet for me to use as a guide? Yes, we have a major planning sheet.
Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? No.
What should I do if my major core and/or prerequisite courses are full?

Major core classes are designed to be taken over multiple semesters, so you should concentrate on elective courses required for the major and plan to take core courses the following semester. If you are in danger of not graduating due to core course availability, please contact the department chair.

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major?

(1) CJ 300,

(2) one of the CJ GWAR courses (CJ 323 or 330), and

(3) any elective course(s) for the CJS major.

Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major?

CJ 300 Prerequisites: Restricted to students with upper-division standing (60+ units earned); successful completion of GE Areas A1, A2, A3, and B4; or consent of the instructor.

CJ 323GWAR or CJ 330GWAR:  Restricted to upper division Criminal Justice majors; GE Area A2; and CJ 300 (may be taken concurrently).

Elective Course Prerequisites: Many of the CJ prefixed electives require the completion of CJ 300.  Non-prefixed CJ electives may not require CJ 300, but may have varied prerequisites.  Please consult the course description to ensure you have met the prerequsites.

Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them? No.
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap?

Yes, Criminal Justice Studies has several: AAT Administration of JusticeSocial Justice Studies, Sociology and Law, Public Policy and Society

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major? No.
Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?

Not applicable.

Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major? No.



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