Criminal Justice Studies

College of Health and Social Sciences

Dean: Alvin Alvarez

School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement

Director: Elizabeth Brown

Criminal Justice Studies Program

HSS 210
Phone: 415-405-4129
Website: http://cj.sfsu.edu

Program Scope

Drawing upon a rich urban environment, the multidisciplinary program in criminal justice studies explores the connections between law, crime and justice. The curriculum emphasizes critical thinking about the administration of justice, crime and delinquency, legal studies, and working with diverse communities. As part of the major, students participate in a culminating field experience at the end of their program. The program is intended for a diverse group of students whose interests range from the local to the global, from street crime to terrorism, from municipal policing to international courts.

Students seeking a major or minor begin with a foundation course that provides a cross-disciplinary perspective of criminal justice. Both majors and minors will pursue course work within and across four areas of emphasis within the field of criminal justice studies.

  1. Administration of Justice. Students explore central features of criminal justice systems. Courses include treatment of distinguishing features of the U.S. criminal justice system and comparative perspectives of systems around the globe. Attention is given to recurring problems including abuse of authority, community conflict, and discrimination in case processing. Students have opportunities to learn methods and applications for studying criminal justice systems and processes.
  2. Crime and Delinquency. Courses in this area expose students to major explanations of what brings about different forms of juvenile delinquency and adult criminality. Students have opportunities to explore biological, feminist, economic, international, psychological, racial and sociological perspectives of crime and delinquency. In addition to addressing street crime, courses are available for learning about hate crime, organized crime, terrorism, and white collar crime.
  3. Legal Studies. Attention is given to legal doctrine relevant to criminal justice, the practice of law by criminal justice agents and the experience of law by defendants, family members and victims. Courses include distinctive disciplinary perspectives of law as well as issues faced by particular populations. Students have the opportunity to learn and apply legal analysis, including case law and development of legal briefs.
  4. Working with Diverse Communities. Working in the criminal justice system in any capacity requires interacting with individuals from diverse family, cultural, social and economic backgrounds. Courses in this area expose students to a deeper understanding and appreciation of individuals and groups from backgrounds other than their own. These courses help students develop communication skills to bridge cultural differences while working toward common goals related to the pursuit of social as well as criminal justice.

Students pursuing the major will complete their coursework with a culminating field experience.

A network of criminal justice agencies and personnel in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area serves as a powerful asset for students. An active Criminal Justice Student Association plans and implements community service activities, has a guest lecture program featuring criminal justice professionals, and creates a sense of community on campus.

Career Outlook

The major and minor provide training for students who anticipate they will be engaged in their communities regarding issues of law, crime, and justice as well as those seeking related careers in government, law and higher education. Career opportunities include those in law enforcement, diversion, crime analysis, probation, parole, corrections, juvenile justice, victim advocacy, corporate security, community development and justice research. Students who intend to pursue graduate education in criminal justice, justice studies, criminology and related fields as well as those planning to apply to law school are encouraged to consider the major and minor in criminal justice.

Associate Professors

Brown, Snipes

Assistant Professors

Barganier, Gerould

Lecturers

Carroll, Chappell, Dudley, Juno, Koehler, Macallair, Santos, Vencill, Viola, Walsh, Woods

Associated Faculty

Clavier, Fischer, A. Smith

C J 300 Criminal Justice: A Cross-Disciplinary Perspective (Units: 4)

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; ENG 214 with grade of C- or better; completion of any segment I Critical Thinking course with grade of C- or better.

Analysis and critique of the contemporary criminal justice system. Includes field observation and guest lecturers. Classwork, 3 units; fieldwork, 1 unit.

Course Attributes:

  • UD-D: Social Sciences
  • Social Justice

C J 323GW Ethics in Criminal Justice - GWAR (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: C J 300 (may be concurrent), and ENG 214 or equivalent with a grade of C- or better. Restricted to upper division criminal justice majors.

Explores ethical issues related to the institution of the criminal justice system, the professions of criminal justice, and politics intended to address crime, law, and justice. (ABC/NC grading only.)

Course Attributes:

  • Graduation Writing Assessment

C J 330GW Research Methods in Criminal Justice-GWAR (Units: 4)

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent with grade of C- or better; C J 300 (may be concurrently enrolled). Restricted to upper division criminal justice majors.

"Heuristics" refers to data gathering. How, by what basic procedures, is data gathered in criminal justice? Data gathering strategies and techniques, the nature of data gathered by official, governmental agencies, and alternatives to the present arrangement. (ABC/NC grading only)

Course Attributes:

  • Graduation Writing Assessment

C J 335 Legal Writing and Research (Units: 4)

Prerequisites: Upper division standing, C J 300 (may be taken concurrently), satisfaction of Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR), or consent of instructor.

The legal brief as the focus of strong inference writing in criminal justice. Classwork, 3 units; fieldwork, 1 unit.

C J 340 Comparative Criminal Justice (Units: 4)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Ways in which institutions of criminal justice in one society compare with those in other societies. Attention is given to U.S., British, European, Asian, and African systems. Classwork, 3 units; fieldwork, 1 unit.
(This course is offered as C J 340 and I R 341. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

C J 400 Police and Public Policy (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing, C J 300, or consent of instructor.

Scope of police activities, police administration, discretion, accountability, affirmative action, public relations, new technologies, and changing criminal procedure. Issues that the police can and should accomplish, by what rules, and under whose control.

C J 401 Criminal Profiling (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing, C J 300, or consent of instructor.

Analysis of the application of personality studies in homicide, arson, rape, and terrorist cases.

C J 405 Organized Crime (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing, C J 300, or consent of instructor.

Organized criminal enterprise recognizes no geographic, legal, or moral boundaries. Salient characteristics and impact of criminal organizations in various settings; crime control strategies.

C J 435 Race, Crime, and Justice (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Ethnic studies methods and cross-cultural perspectives examine the rise of institutions of law enforcement, juvenile and criminal justice, case studies, life histories, community service learning internships. [Formerly RAZA 430] [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
(This course is offered as LTNS 430 and C J 435. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Course Attributes:

  • UD-D: Social Sciences
  • Social Justice

C J 450 Jails and Prisons (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing, C J 300, or consent of instructor.

Political economy of the prison industry in the U.S.; the jail as well as the prison. Field study at San Quentin and the San Francisco jails.

C J 451 The Architecture of Incarceration (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing, C J 300, or consent of instructor.

The connections between architectural design and management of U.S. jails and prisons.

C J 452 Criminological Theory (Units: 4)

Prerequisites: Upper division standing, completion of GE Areas A and B4 requirements [formerly GE Segment I].

Social, economic, and political context in which criminological theories (past and present) emerged and how they are reflected in legal practices.
(This course is offered as SOC 451 and C J 452. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

C J 460 Community Corrections and Sentencing (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing, C J 300, or consent of instructor.

Deinstitutionalization movement within the prison industry in the U.S. Development of the scale and reach of the prison industry, incarceration rates relative to violent and non-violent offenses, incarceration rates for drug offenses, development of decentralized, community-related sentencing.

C J 461 Terrorism and Covert Political Warfare (Units: 4)

Prerequisites: Upper division standing, ENG 214 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.

Terrorism and covert political warfare as international instruments especially since World War II. The use of terror and covert political warfare and the responses to their use.
(This course is offered as C J 461 and I R 361. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

C J 470 Juvenile Justice (Units: 4)

Prerequisites: Upper division standing, completion of GE Areas A and B4 requirements [formerly GE Segment I].

Analysis of "delinquency," emergence and administration of juvenile law, and analysis of social organizations for youthful offenders. Classwork, 3 units; fieldwork, 1 unit. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
(This course is offered as SOC 452 and C J 470. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

C J 471 Contemporary Issues in Juvenile Justice (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Examination of the punitive turn in juvenile justice and the impact on youth. Consideration of how changing concepts of childhood, criminal behavior, and moral development impacted the juvenile court system. Analysis of how courts have responded to the punitive turn with a focus on reform and decarceration.

C J 475 Intervention Policies in Juvenile Justice (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Upper division standing, C J 300, or consent on instructor.

Critical examination of juvenile justice treatment and intervention policies over the past 200 years. Special emphasis on contemporary systems of care and revolutionizing practices.

C J 480 California Corrections System (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing, C J 300, or consent of instructor.

Development of California's correctional system, among the ten largest in the world. Critical junctures, including the introduction of the convict labor system, good time, progressive penology, and the prison building boom.

C J 485 Latina/o Youth, Crime, and Justice (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Examination of Latino juvenile justice, the myths and realities, and the over incarceration of Latino youth: its sources, costs, and consequences; and impact on individuals, families, and communities. Latino experiences with schooling, police, gangs, drugs, "juvie," and caseworkers are covered. [Formerly RAZA 485.] [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
(This course is offered as LTNS 485 and C J 485. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Course Attributes:

  • UD-D: Social Sciences
  • Social Justice

C J 501 Criminal Law (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Upper division standing, C J 300, satisfaction of Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR), or consent of instructor.

Substantive criminal law: legal adjudication within the criminal justice system, the criteria according to which guilt is established. Types of crime: homicide, rape, theft, business crimes. Disposition of convicted offenders. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]

C J 502 Criminal Procedure (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Upper division standing, C J 300, satisfaction of Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR), or consent of instructor.

The salient norms of criminal adjudication as they have developed in case law reflecting 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendment issues incorporated via the 14th Amendment. Reasonableness, probable cause, privacy, penumbral rights, assistance of counsel, federalism.

C J 505 International Criminal Law (Units: 4)

Prerequisites: Upper division standing, C J 300, satisfaction of Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR), or consent of instructor.

Comparative legal systems and the U.S. system of criminal law. Classwork, 3 units; fieldwork, 1 unit.
(This course is offered as C J 505 and I R 332. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

C J 510 Analysis of the Felon in Society (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Areas A and B4 requirements, or consent of instructor; restricted to upper division sociology and criminal justice majors.

Examination of the process of Re-entry (post-incarceration) from the perspective of individuals who have lived it. Classwork, 1 unit; activities, 2 units.
(This course is offered as SOC 510 and C J 510. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

C J 515 Extremism as Crime (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Upper division standing, C J 300, satisfaction of Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR), or consent of instructor.

Domestic extremism in the U.S. (militia, hate crimes, terrorism).

C J 520 Construction of Crime and Justice (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Upper division standing, C J 300, satisfaction of Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR), or consent of instructor.

Critical analysis of the images and realities, mythological construction of crime and the criminal justice system in the U.S.

C J 525 Global Restorative Justice and Corrections (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: C J 300 and C J 323GW.

Restorative justice practices as alternatives to incarceration, focusing on international practices.

C J 530 Geographies of Social Control and Urban Diversity (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing, C J 300, or consent of instructor.

Geographical distribution of crime, law and justice systems. Informal and formal mechanisms of social control in urban space.

C J 550 School Violence and Discipline (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; C J 300, C J 330GW or C J 323GW; or consent of instructor.

Examination of the perceptions and realities of contemporary public school violence; the range of school disciplinary efforts for their effects and consequences.

C J 570 Urban Violence (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Examination of the role violence plays in the lives of ghetto subjects; conceptual problems and the socio-political and historical contexts of contemporary manifestations of violence; the world socioeconomic-system in shaping the contours of violence in the American Ghetto.

C J 600 Youth Gangs in Community Context (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; C J 300, C J 330GW or C J 323GW; or consent of instructor.

Examination of youth gangs in America within their social, economic and political contexts from their earliest development to the present day; theories of gang formation and stories of the gang experience.

C J 605 Criminalization of Gender and Sexuality (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Examination of the criminalization of gender and sexuality utilizing feminist and queer perspectives on criminality; understanding of how laws, policing practices, courtrooms, and institutions regulate gender and sexuality; and examination of effects on labor market opportunities, life chances, and gendered ideas of protection and punishment.

C J 680 Field Course in Criminal Justice (Units: 4)

Prerequisites: Upper division standing, C J 300, satisfaction of Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR), or consent of instructor.

Data gathering, organization, and presentation of research to students engaged in field studies in any criminal justice system setting. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]

C J 685 Projects In Teaching Criminal Justice (Units: 1-4)

Prerequisite: C J 300.

Offers undergraduates experience in tutoring other undergraduates in preparing for written examinations in Criminal Justice courses. Tutors assist in organizing legal briefs and analyses in C J 300 and in essay examination preparation in other C J courses. (Students may earn a maximum of 4 units toward the baccalaureate degree for any course(s) numbered 685 regardless of discipline.)

C J 699 Independent Study (Units: 1-4)

Prerequisites: C J 300, C J 323GW or C J 330GW; consent of instructor, major adviser, and department chair.

Supervised study of a particular criminal justice issue selected by student. May be repeated for a total of 4 units. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]