Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

A Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice will prepare you for a successful career in local, state or federal law enforcement; institutional and community corrections; or the legal field. Our graduates have strong communication and critical thinking skills, which are proficiencies highly valued by employers. You may also choose to pursue graduate study in a related field, such as the Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology or Master of Public Administration also offered by CBU.

Why CBU?

Our Criminal Justice faculty have earned their doctorate or law degrees from top universities and are authentic followers of Christ and excellent teachers. They set the standard in the areas of faith integration, strong student mentoring, and helping our students live their purposes.

Career Opportunities

  1. Law enforcement (Police Department, Probation Department, and Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)
  2. Military (Navy, Air Force, and Army)
  3. Private sector corporate security
  4. Victim Services
  5. Graduate school (Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology and Juris Doctor)

Links

  1. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/police-and-detectives.htm
  2. https://www.justice.gov/careers
  • Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Criminal justice majors should understand basic criminal justice research concepts and methodology as they are employed in the analysis of criminal behavior and in policy formation.   
    2. Criminal justice majors should be knowledgeable of the basic concepts of the American and California criminal justice systems.
    3. Criminal justice majors should be able to demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills.
    4. Criminal justice majors should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the significant issues concerning the criminal justice system: law enforcement, courts and corrections. 
    5. Criminal justice majors should be able to demonstrate in written form engagement in a personal faith-pilgrimage, which enables the integration of faith and reason, the development of value-based character, and a commitment to the service of God and human culture.

Program Requirements

Complete the following 42 units:

Lower Division Requirements

CJS113 Introduction to Criminal Justice

A survey of the U.S. system of criminal justice. The history and philosophy of criminal justice administration in America, description of its social and political institutions, and overviews of major issues in the discipline are covered. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

CJS113-A
Higley, John
09/05/2017 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Yeager Center A111
CJS113-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center A110

POL213 American Government

The course provides an introductory overview of the American political system. It begins with a discussion of the principles of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights and an examination of their impact on the country. It also covers the avenues and means of democratic citizenship and political influence in American politics. The course further examines the major political institutions in the United States: Congress, Presidency, Bureaucracy, and Courts. In order to assess the impact of government on society, the course concludes with an exploration of public policy. (Meets state requirement in United States Constitution and California Government.) (3 units; Fall/Spring)

POL213-B
Barnes, Jeffrey A.
09/05/2017 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS 204
POL213-C
Rose, Robert Andrew
09/05/2017 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Mission Hall 124
POL213-A
Barnes, Jeffrey A.
09/05/2017 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Mission Hall 109
POL213-B
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM TBA
POL213-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA

POL223 State and Local Government

This course studies the place and responsibilities of state and local governments in the United States and how they relate with other units of government. This includes an assessment of the citizenship and participation in state and local politics, both at the individual and collective level; and then an examination of state political institutions, such as governors, state legislatures, state courts, and administration. The course also covers city and county governments, and other local units of government. Although it is comparative, special attention is given to California politics. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

POL223-A
Bishop, Jim
09/05/2017 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Yeager Center A112
POL223-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 203

Upper Division Requirements

CJS301 Fundamentals of Criminal Law

Nature of criminal law and its philosophical and historical development; major definitions and concepts; classification of crime; elements of crimes and penalties using California and federal statutes as illustrations; defenses to criminal responsibility; criminal responsibility. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

CJS301-A
Hinrichs, Troy
09/05/2017 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM James Complex 190
CJS301-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM TBA

CJS321 Courts and Criminal Procedures

A study of the judiciary in the criminal justice system; history and structure of the California and federal court systems; prosecution; criminal defense, right to counsel; pre-trial release; grand juries; adjudication process; types and rules of evidence; appeals, sentencing. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

CJS321-B
Bishop, Jim
09/05/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Van Dyne Field House 220
CJS321-A
Bishop, Jim
09/05/2017 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center B219
CJS321-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM TBA

CJS331 Police Systems and Practices

An opportunity to analyze the police profession; organization and administration of law enforcement systems; the police role in a democracy; police discretion; police subculture and ethics; police stress, police-community interaction; current and future issues. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

CJS331-A
Higley, John
09/05/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM James Complex 166
CJS331-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM TBA

CJS341 Minorities & Crim Justice Sys

Students will critically examine the charges of direct and indirect institutional racism within the totality of the criminal justice system. Students will also analyze society's response to crime, cultural, economic and political differences. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

CJS341-A
Zhao, Linda Ling-en
09/05/2017 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM James Complex 356
CJS341-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM TBA
CJS341-B
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA

CJS485 Methods of Research in Crim Just

The course examines scientific approaches to the study of criminal justice. Students will learn how to research and study crime using the scientific method. Students will be exposed to various research methods and designs, which will be illustrated with criminological examples and exercises. Finally, the students will calculate and interpret measures of central tendency, dispersion, and association. (3 units; Fall)

CJS485-A
Zhao, Linda Ling-en
09/05/2017 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM James Complex 189
CJS485-B
Zhao, Linda Ling-en
09/05/2017 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex 356

CJS496 Instit & Commun Corrections

This course provides a survey of the historical, philosophical, and legal bases of correctional procedures and institutions and an examination of current problems and innovations. It examines the increasing task of managing persons who have been arraigned or have been sentenced to prisons and various correctional facilities in America. The nature of the institutional environment, issues of community-based policing, and the administrative concerns of safety and efficiency are also included. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

CJS496-A
Bishop, Jim
09/05/2017 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center B219
CJS496-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM TBA
CJS496-B
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 MWF 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM TBA

CJS499 Senior Project

A senior capstone course designed to demonstrate the competence of Criminal Justice majors in the discipline and assess their research and writing skills. The portfolio produced by the student in completion of this project must conform to the departmental guidelines for Senior Projects. Prerequisite: CJS 485 and Senior status. (3 units; Spring)

CJS499-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA
CJS499-B
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA

POL485 Constitutional Law II

This course studies the most important decisions of the Supreme Court on individual rights and the conflicts from which they have arisen, which means examining the trinity of individual values and rights in American civil liberties—freedom, due process, and equality. (3 units; Spring)

POL485-A
Hinrichs, Troy
09/05/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM James Complex 190
POL485-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM TBA
POL485-B
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM TBA

Upper Division Elective Requirements

Complete 9 units from the following:

CJS400 Special Topics Criminal Justice

An examination of a specific issue in the field of Criminal Justice. Course is repeatable for credit with a change in topic. (1-3 units; As offered)

CJS401 Crime and Delinquency

A study of the traditional and theoretical schools of criminology. Theories relating to individual abnormality and theories relating to cultural influences are examined. Theories of the causes of delinquency and data on delinquent behavior including gangs, minor and major criminal actions, and methods of correction are also covered. (3 units; Fall)

CJS401-A
Zhao, Linda Ling-en
09/05/2017 MWF 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM James Complex 356

CJS402 Hate Crime

This course explores the problem of hate crime, which can be defined as criminal acts motivated by an extreme bias of hate. The course will focus on hate crimes as a specific type of criminal activity and will address various efforts to prevent these crimes and to hold offenders accountable. (3 units; Spring odd years)

CJS402-A
Higley, John
09/05/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM James Complex 376

CJS421 Narcotics

This course will examine the role of narcotics/drugs in the U.S. criminal justice system and the impact of drugs on crime. This course will address issues related to the history of drugs in society; narcotics’ legal/regulatory, social and political context; patterns and drugs of abuse; and strategies of enforcement and rehabilitation. (3 units; Fall)

CJS421-A
Higley, John
09/05/2017 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM James Complex 376

CJS441 Fnd Crim Investigation & Rpt Wrt

Students will study investigation theory; collection and preservation of evidence; importance of field notes and offense reports, sources of information; interview and interrogation; use of forensic science; case and trial preparation. (3 units; Spring)

CJS441-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA

CJS497 Comparative Criminal Justice

The functions, institutions, and operations of U.S. and foreign criminal justice systems are compared. Comparisons are made between countries similar to the U.S., such as Canada and Great Britain, as well as those which are quite different, such as Asian or Arabic countries. The underlying concepts of law enforcement, judicial and correctional processes will be studied in current and historic perspectives. (3 units; Spring)

CJS497-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM TBA