The Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice is designed to prepare individuals academically in the behavioral, natural and social science perspectives, as well as for further study in graduate or professional schools in any of these fields. The program provides intensive study in areas of criminal justice theory, research methodology and data analysis, criminal law, organizational functioning, and program planning. The program strives to promote understanding of key criminal and legal issues of contemporary urban society and respect for racial, ethnic, cultural, and gender diversity. By incorporating a multidisciplinary social, behavioral and natural science approach to undergraduate study, the program provides two important benefits for the student. First, it encourages the development of an interrelated perspective with regard to the study of criminal justice. This perspective facilitates a more comprehensive focus on the connections among the endeavors of crime prevention, law enforcement, adjudication, and punishment. Secondly, the program is designed to encourage the development of effective analytical and problem-solving skills that will equip professionals with the intellectual capacity necessary for a variety of positions in criminal justice.
The total number of units required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice is 120 units, of which 66 units are in the major. Consult with an advisor for the specific number of units required in all areas of the degree including GE and free electives.
Limitations on Transfer Credit
Students intending to transfer to Cal State L.A. from a community college to continue work toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice are advised to complete general education requirements and any lower division core courses equivalent to those in the Cal State L.A. curriculum prior to transferring. Students are advised to contact the school for information on transfer agreements between Cal State L.A. and specific community colleges.
Criteria for Admission to the Major
The School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics has been approved an impacted program. The number of applicants who can be admitted to the major is limited by space availability. Admission of students for available space will be based on a rank ordering of cumulative GPA. Incoming freshman students wishing to major in Criminal Justice will be admitted as “Undeclared with and Interest in Criminal Justice.” Lower division students are eligible to apply to the Criminal Justice major once they meet all of the following criteria:
- Have completed at least 30 semester units of completed coursework;
- Have a minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.75; and
- Have completed CRIM 1010 and CRIM 1260 (or the equivalent content courses taken at other educational institutions) with grades of “B‐” or better. Students will have a single opportunity to take and achieve a grade of “B‐” in each of these courses.
Upper division transfer and continuing upper division students will be eligible to apply to the Criminal Justice major provided they meet the following criteria:
- Have completed at least (60 semester) units of college (transferable) coursework;
- Have a minimum cumulative college (transferable) GPA of 3.00; and
- Have completed CRIM 1010 and CRIM 1260 (or the equivalent content courses taken at other educational institutions) with grades of “B-” or better. Students will have a single opportunity to take and achieve a grade of “B-” in each of these courses.