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Criminal Justice Administration

College of Business Administration and Public Policy

Department of Public Administration and Public Policy

Bachelor of Science

Minor

Faculty

David Hoopes, Interim Department Chair

Iris Baxter, Justine Bell Waters, Theodore P. Byrne, Elena Kulikov, Marie Palladini, Foraker U. Smith, Rhonda Whitfield

Department Office: SBS A-306, (310) 243-3444

Advising Office: SBS E-306, (310) 243-3561

Emeritus Faculty

Mary Auth, Gary Colboth, David J. Karber, Jeff Smith

Features

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration is designed to provide professional preparation for private, public and non-profit sector professionals in the fields of national and local law enforcement, law, corrections, juvenile justice, and homeland security. The degree program requires: 1) completion of two lower division required courses common to all students in the Department of Public Administration & Public Policy; 2) completion of a set of upper division core courses common to all Criminal Justice Administration students; and 3) four elective courses. The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration Degree is a single-field major, which means that students are not required to complete a minor for graduation.

The Minor in Criminal Justice Administration is designed to provide a basic foundation in Criminal Justice Administration. The minor is especially appropriate for students who major in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. It is an attractive option for students with majors in fields that lead to employment in law enforcement, law, and homeland security.

Academic and Professional Advisement

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree receive academic advisement for designing and completing their program of study. Specialized professional advisement can be obtained from members of the Public Administration and Public Policy faculty. Undergraduate students seeking professional advisement should contact department faculty, who are available to discuss career options and current policy issues in professions within the are of Public Administration and Public Policy.

Preparation

Undergraduate

High school students should take college preparatory courses in the social and natural sciences, English and mathematics.

Students taking their first two years of study at a community college are advised to complete lower division general education requirements.

Career Possibilities

The job opportunities for students in criminal justice administration are as diverse as the range of services provided by governments in the United States .

In addition, the program provides employment preparation for: nonprofit organizations and some private firms. The degree also provides a strong base for those pursuing a career in law.

Graduation with Honors

A student may be a candidate for graduation with Honors in Public Administration by meeting the following criteria:

  1. A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills;
  2. A minimum grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses used to satisfy the upper division requirements in the major;
  3. Recommendation by the Public Administration faculty.

 

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree

See the "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

Elective Requirements

Completion of elective courses (beyond the requirements listed below) to reach a total of a minimum of 120 or a maximum of 132 units.

General Education Requirements (55-62 units)

See the "General Education" requirements in the University Catalog or the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education requirements and course offerings.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

See the "Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement" in the University Catalog.

Minor Requirements

Single field major, no minor required.

Major Requirements (51 units)

A.  Lower Division Required Courses (6 units):

CIS 270. Information Systems and Technology Fundamentals (3)

MAT 105. Finite Mathematics (3) or

MAT 131. Elementary Statistics and Probability

 

B.  Upper Division Required Courses (33 units):

ENG 352. Writing and Speaking Skills for Management (3) or

BUS 300. Administrative Communication (3)

CJA 340. Criminal Justice and the Community (3)

CJA 341. Statistics in Criminal Justice Administration (3)

CJA 342. Legal Foundations of Justice Administration (3)

CJA 423. Administrative Law (3)

CJA 443. Criminal Law and Justice Administration (3)

CJA 444. Juvenile Justice Process (3)

CJA 445. Policing and the Administration of Justice (3)

CJA 446. Terrorism and Extremism (3)       

PUB 300. Foundations of Public Administration (3) 

CJA 496. Intern. Practicum (3)*

        * Taken after completion of four (4) core courses.

 

C. Electives (12 Units): Select a total of four courses from the following choices:

NCR 541. Restorative Justice (3)*

PUB 303. Public Personnel Administration (3)

PUB 494. Independent Study (1-3)**

POL 366. Criminal Law and Procedures (3)

SOC 362. Gangs and Adolescent Subcultures (3)

SOC 364. Corrections (3)

SOC 365. Deviant Behavior (3)

SOC 368. Criminology (3)

SOC 369. Juvenile Delinquency (3)

QMS 429. Service Operations Management (3)

        * Open to seniors only.

      ** May be taken after completion of four (4) core courses.

 

Minor in Criminal Justice Administration (15 units)

A.  Required Courses (6 units):

CJA 340. Criminal Justice and the Community (3)

CJA 342. Legal Foundations of Justice Administration (3)

 

B.  Electives (9 units): Students must complete three additional courses in Criminal Justice Administration, to be chosen from the following courses with the assistance of an advisor.

CJA 341. Statistics for Criminal Justice Administration (3)

CJA 423. Administrative Law (3)

CJA 443. Criminal Law and Justice Administration (3)

CJA 444. Juvenile Justice Process (3)

CJA 445. Policing and the Administration of Justice (3)

CJA 446. Terrorism and Extremism (3)

NCR 541. Restorative Justice (3)*

        * Open to seniors only

Course Offerings

The credit value for each course in semester units is indicated for each term by a number in parentheses following the title. For course availability, please see the list of tentative course offerings in the current Class Schedule.

Criminal Justice

Upper Division

CJA 340          Criminal Justice and the Community (3).

Political, cultural, and social environment of criminal justice administration; police community relations; accountability of criminal justice agencies to the political and legal order.

CJA 341          Statistics in Criminal Justice Administration (3).

Prerequisites: MAT 105 or MAT 131.

Explores statistical procedures used for the analysis of data by criminal justice professionals. Instruction on the most commonly used applications of statistical analysis in the administration of justice, including review of mathematics and statistical functions and the use of statistics by criminal justice decision makers. An introduction to computer applications will also be provided.

CJA 342          Legal Foundations of Justice Administration (3).

Local, state, and federal judicial systems; constitutional, judicial and legislative influences on the administration of justice.

CJA 423          Administrative Law (3).

Role and nature of administrative law, procedural requirements and judicial review of administrative actions, safeguards against arbitrary action, delegation of legislative power, legal principles and trends in the development of public administration.

CJA 443          Criminal Law and Justice Administration (3).

Examination of the law of criminal culpability, parties to crime, defenses, and sentencing issues. Critical analysis of types of crime, elements of specific crimes, theories of criminal law, and issues pertaining to its application by the criminal justice system.

CJA 444          Juvenile Justice Process (3).

Examination of the administration of juvenile justice, including juvenile justice policies and procedures, and components of the juvenile justice system. Critical analysis of the theory and dynamics of how the juvenile justice system responds to juvenile issues, including delinquent behavior.

CJA 445          Policing and the Administration of Justice (3).

Examination of policing in the United States . Critical analysis of theories of policing, police administration, and police obligations and responsibilities under the law. Analysis of historical and contemporary approaches to police-community relations.

CJA 446          Terrorism and Extremism (3).

Examination of contemporary terrorism and extremism. Critical analysis of terrorist behavior, typologies of terrorism, and extremism as a foundation for terrorist behavior. Analysis of the role of law enforcement and other public administrative agencies.

CJA 495          Special Topics in Criminal Justice Administration (3).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

An intensive study of an issue, concept or technique that is related to criminal justice administration.  Repeatable course.

CJA 496          Internship Practicum (3).

Prerequisite: Consent of department chair.

Supervised internship in a public, non-profit, or law enforcement agency.  A written project related to the internship experience is required. CR/NC.

Graduate

CJA 523          Administrative Law (3).

This course shall define the scope and boundaries of administrative law as well as introduce students to major constitutional issues underlying administrative law bodies at the federal, state, and local levels of government.

CJA 540          Advanced Criminal Justice Issues (3).

This course will introduce students to advance issues relating to the administration of justice from the perspective of the American criminal justice system.  Emphasis will be placed on policy concerns, crime and its causes, the structure of the criminal justice system, and criminal justice procedures.  Special issues in criminal justice will also be reviewed.

CJA 545          Policing and the Administration of Justice (3).

This course examines policing and law enforcement in the United States .  Emphasis will be placed on critically analyzing the theories of policing, police administration, as well as police obligations and their responsibility under law.

CJA 546          Terrorism and Extremism (3).

This course will introduce students to the phenomena of contemporary terrorism and extremism.  Emphasis will be placed on extremism as a foundation for terrorist behavior, types of terrorism, and how government and law enforcement agencies respond to terrorism.

CJA 595          Special Topics in Criminal Justice Administration (3).

Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Intensive study of a specialized area or contemporary issues in Criminal Justice Administration (e.g. Homeland Security, Emergency Management, CJA Debates).  Three hours of seminar per week.  Repeatable course.

CJA 596          Internship Practicum (3)

Prerequisite: consent of MPA Program Coordinator or Department Chair.

 Supervised internship working with a co-operating government or nonprofit agency in a function germane to criminal justice administration.  Sessions are held to discuss and analyze the problems with which inters are concerned.  A written project related to the internship is required.  300 hours are required. CR/NC grading.