Criminal Justice Minor

A Minor 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

Lower Division Requirements

CJS113 Introduction to Criminal Justice
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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
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Mission Hall 124
CJS113-A
Higley, John
09/05/2017 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Yeager Center A111

Upper Division Requirements

CJS301 Fundamentals of Criminal Law
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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
01/11/2017 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Yeager Center B252
CJS301-A
Hinrichs, Troy
09/05/2017 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM TBA

CJS331 Police Systems and Practices
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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
01/11/2017 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM James Complex 171
CJS331-A
Higley, John
09/05/2017 M 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM TBA

CJS496 Instit & Commun Corrections
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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
01/11/2017 M 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Yeager Center B219
CJS496-A
Bishop, Jim
09/05/2017 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM TBA

Upper Division Elective Requirements

Nine (9) additional units from the following

CJS321 Courts and Criminal Procedures
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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-A
Bishop, Jim
01/11/2017 M 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS 250
CJS321-A
Bishop, Jim
09/05/2017 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA

CJS341 Minorities & Crim Justice Sys
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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
Higley, John
01/11/2017 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM James Complex 189
CJS341-A
Zhao, Shuo
09/05/2017 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM TBA

CJS400 Special Topics Criminal Justice
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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)

CJS400-A
Zhao, Shuo
01/11/2017 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS 103
CJS400-A
Hinrichs, Troy
07/03/2017 W 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM BUS 253

CJS401 Crime and Delinquency
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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, Shuo
05/08/2017 M 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 250
CJS401-A
Zhao, Shuo
09/05/2017 M 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM TBA

CJS402 Hate Crime
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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 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM TBA

CJS441 Fnd Crim Investigation & Rpt Wrt
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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
Higley, John
01/11/2017 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex 171

CJS485 Methods of Research in Crim Just
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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, Shuo
09/05/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA
CJS485-B
Zhao, Shuo
09/05/2017 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex 367

CJS497 Comparative Criminal Justice
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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
Zhao, Shuo
01/11/2017 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Yeager Center B251

POL493 Principles of Public Admin
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This course examines the scope of public administration. Emphasis on practice as well as theory in personnel administration, financial administration, problems of management, administrative organization, merit systems, and intergovernmental relations by the use of case studies. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Spring odd years)

POL493-A
Alexander, Noemi Hernandez
01/11/2017 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center B112