Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Studies Roadmap

120 Total Units Required
Minimum Number of Units in the Major: 45

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
GE Area A: Oral Communication (A1) or Critical Thinking (A3) 2 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication (A2) 1 3
GE Area C: Arts (C1) or Humanities (C2) 3
GE Area D: Social Sciences (D1) 3
GE Area D: U.S. History (D2) or U.S. and California Government (D3) 3
Second Semester
GE Area A: Oral Communication (A1) or Critical Thinking (A3) 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) 3
GE Area B: Quantitative Reasoning (B4) 3
GE Area D: U.S. History (D2) or U.S. and California Government (D3) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 3
Third Semester
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) if not already satisfied or Complementary Studies – See Note 3
GE Area B: Physical Science (B1) and Laboratory Science (B3) 3 3-4
GE Area C: Arts (C1) 3
GE Area C: Humanities: Literature (C3) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 3
Fourth Semester
Complementary Studies – See Note – Take Two 6
GE Area B: Life Science (B2) and Laboratory Science (B3) 4 3-4
SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Two 6
Fifth Semester
C J 300 Criminal Justice: A Cross-Disciplinary Perspective 4
C J 323GW
Ethics in Criminal Justice - GWAR 5
or Research Methods in Criminal Justice-GWAR
GE Area UD–C: Upper Division Arts and/or Humanities (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Two 6
Sixth Semester
Major Distribution: Administration of Justice Course – See Below – Select Two 6-8
Major Distribution: Crime and Delinquency – See Below – Select Two 6-8
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 3
Seventh Semester
Major Distribution: Legal Studies – See Below – Select Two 6-8
Major Distribution: Working with Diverse Communities – See Below – Select Two 6-8
GE Area UD–B: Upper Division Physical and/or Life Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
Eighth Semester
C J 680 Field Course in Criminal Justice 4
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Three to Four 10-12
 Total Units120-133

ENG 114 can only be taken if you complete Directed Self-Placement (DSP) and select ENG 114; if you choose ENG 104/ENG 105 through DSP you will satisfy GE Area A2 upon successful completion of ENG 105 in the second semester; multilingual students may be advised into alternative English courses.


To avoid taking additional units, it is recommended that you meet LLD and SF State Studies requirements (AERM, GP, ES, SJ) within your GE.


Consider taking a class combined with a laboratory or a separate lab to fulfilll GE Area B3.


Consider taking a class with a combined laboratory or a separate lab to fulfill GE Area B3 if not already satisfied.


You must take at least one GWAR (GW) course.

Complementary Studies

Bachelor of Arts students must complete at least twelve units of Complementary Studies outside of the primary prefix for the major. Students who complete two majors or a major and a minor automatically complete the Complementary Studies requirement. Students earning Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Science degrees do not have to complete the Complementary Studies requirement. Details about Complementary Studies can be found in the Bulletin description for each B.A. degree.

I. Administration of Justice (6–8 Units)

C J 340/I R 341Comparative Criminal Justice4
C J 400Police and Public Policy3
C J 450Jails and Prisons3
C J 451The Architecture of Incarceration3
C J 460Community Corrections and Sentencing3
C J 475Intervention Policies in Juvenile Justice3
C J 480California Corrections System3
C J 525Global Restorative Justice and Corrections3
C J 530Geographies of Social Control and Urban Diversity3
I R 360Intelligence and Intelligence Agencies4
PLSI 478Judicial Process4
PSY 475Psychology of Policing3
SOC 455Punishment and Social Control3

II. Crime and Delinquency (6–8 Units)

C J 401Criminal Profiling3
C J 405Organized Crime3
C J 471Contemporary Issues in Juvenile Justice3
C J 515Extremism as Crime3
C J 520Construction of Crime and Justice3
C J 550School Violence and Discipline3
C J 570Urban Violence3
C J 600Youth Gangs in Community Context3
C J 605Criminalization of Gender and Sexuality3
COMM 571The Rhetoric of Terrorism4
COMM 573The Rhetoric of Criminality and Punishment4
ECON 515Economics of Crime and Justice3
I R 361/C J 461Terrorism and Covert Political Warfare4
LTNS 430/C J 435Race, Crime, and Justice3
LTNS/C J 485Latina/o Youth, Crime, and Justice3
PHIL 378Philosophy of Criminal Law3
SOC 362The Social Construction of Deviance and Conformity4
SOC 451/C J 452Criminological Theory4
SOC 452/C J 470Juvenile Justice4

III. Legal Studies (6–8 Units)

AFRS 375Law and the Black Community3
AFRS 376Government, the Constitution, and Black Citizens3
C J 335Legal Writing and Research4
C J 501Criminal Law3
C J 502Criminal Procedure3
C J 505/I R 332International Criminal Law4
COMM 564Issues in Free Speech4
COUN 630Legal Center Training I3
COUN 631Legal Center Training II3
ECON 516Law and Economics3
GPS/PHIL 375Peace Law and Human Rights in the U.S.3
HIST 470The U.S. Constitution to 18773
HIST 471The U.S. Constitution since 18773
LABR 650Labor Law: An Introduction and Overview3
PHIL 335Law and Society3
PHIL 379Philosophy of Constitutional Interpretation3
PHIL 380Philosophy of Law3
PLSI 552Individual Rights and the Constitution4
PSY 472Introduction to Legal Psychology3
SOC 457Sociology of Law4

IV. Working with Diverse Communities (6–8 Units)

AA S 595Asian American Communities and Public Policy3
AIS 460Power and Politics in American Indian History3
COMM 503Gender and Communication4
COMM 525Sexual Identity and Communication4
COMM 531Conflict Resolution4
COMM 541Critical Approaches to Culture and Communication4
COMM 543Dialogues Across Differences4
HIST 462/RRS 670Making Whites: Race-making in America3
HIST 465American Ethnic and Racial Relations II: 1890 - Present3
LTNS 415Economic Progress of Latinos in the U.S.3
LTNS 470Latina/o Immigration to the U.S.3
PHIL 455/SXS 569Sex and the Law3
PLSI/ETHS 466Race and American Democracy4
PLSI/USP 512Urban Politics and Community Power4
PSY 547Social Conflict and Conflict Resolution3
RRS/SOC 330Comparative Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.: Class, Gender, and Nation3
RRS 571Women, Class, and Race3
SXS 455Sex, Power and Politics3
WGS 514Women and the Prison Industrial Complex3
WGS 554Gender and Global Migration3
WGS 570Women, Gender, Policy, and Justice3