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)



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)

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

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)

Hinrichs, Troy
09/05/2017 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM James Complex 190
Hinrichs, Troy
01/10/2018 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 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)

Higley, John
09/05/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM James Complex 166
Higley, John
01/10/2018 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center B222

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)

Bishop, Jim
09/05/2017 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center B219
Bishop, Jim
01/10/2018 MWF 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Yeager Center B222

Upper Division Elective Requirements

Complete 9 additional units from the following:

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)

Bishop, Jim
09/05/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Van Dyne Field House 220
Bishop, Jim
09/05/2017 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center B219
Bishop, Jim
01/10/2018 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Building 36 36B

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)

Zhao, Linda Ling-en
09/05/2017 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM James Complex 356
Higley, John
01/10/2018 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Mission Hall 125

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)

Hinrichs, Troy
07/02/2018 M 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM TBA

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)

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)

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)

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)

Higley, John
01/10/2018 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 253

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)

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

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)

Zhao, Linda Ling-en
01/10/2018 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Mission Hall 125

POL493 Principles of Public Admin

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)