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2020-2021 Cal State East Bay Catalog 
2020-2021 Cal State East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice, B.S.

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Criminal Justice, B.S. Program (120 units)

Program Description

The Department of Criminal Justice offers an undergraduate degree designed for the development of knowledge and understanding of practices, criminological theory, and concepts of the criminal justice system. Through the examination of crime prevention, forensic science and investigation, corrections and community-based programs, equity and diversity, and impact of victimization students will be provided with a general understanding of the issues facing the criminal and juvenile justice systems. This major will prepare students to be leaders for positive change in the community along with careers in law enforcement, corrections, victim advocacy, law, and community-based programs.

Many local, state, federal and private agencies employ Cal State East Bay criminal justice graduates. Senior majors may qualify for internship placement in criminal justice agencies throughout the Bay Area.

Local level agencies include municipal police departments, county sheriffs’ offices, probation departments, halfway and pre-release houses, group homes, crisis centers, juvenile halls, welfare fraud units, computer crime analysis, and retail and industrial security agencies. State level agencies include: the Highway Patrol, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Department of Motor Vehicles, and Departments of Justice, Fish and Game, and Forestry. Federal level agencies include the Border Patrol; F.B.I.; Secret Service; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Internal Revenue Service; National Park Service; Customs; Postal Inspection Service; and Federal Prisons.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Cal State East Bay will be able to:

  1. Analyze and discuss issues of crime and justice from different perspectives that reflect critical and independent thinking;
  2. Communicate, present, and discuss ideas and issues in one-on-one or group settings (Oral Communication), and write effectively, following appropriate writing styles as commonly practiced in the social sciences;
  3. Apply knowledge of diversity and multicultural competencies to criminal justice strategies that will promote equity and social justice in every community;
  4. Work collaboratively and respectfully as members and leaders of diverse teams and communities;
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of how the ethical and responsible application of criminal justice regulates human conduct and sustains stability in society; and
  6. Apply appropriate knowledge and skills necessary for a vital career in criminal justice and related professions.

Program Roadmaps

These program roadmaps represent recommended pathways through the program. Please see an advisor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs.

4-Year Freshmen Roadmap

Criminal Justice, B.S. (2020-21)  

2-Year ADT Roadmap

Criminal Justice, B.S. ADT (2020-21)  

Career Opportunities

Family Violence, Crisis, or Shelter Counselor • Community Agency Counselor • Community Service Coordinator • Consumer Affairs Director • Probation, Parole, and Corrections Officer • Deputy Insurance Commissioner • Equal Opportunity Representative • ATF, CIA, FBI Agent • Group Worker • Insurance Investigator • Investigator • Loss Prevention Specialist • Park Ranger • Police Administrator • Police Officer • Security Manager • Social Worker • Vocational Rehabilitation Officer

Degree Requirements Unit-Outline

  • A baccalaureate of science degree requires a total of 120 units:
    • The major requirements consists of 48 units;
    • General Education (GE) & Graduation Requirements (GR) consists of 57 units;
    • Free Electives may consist of 15 units (actual number of free elective units may depend on GE/GR units).

Note: It may be possible to double-count units within the graduation requirements or that a course may satisfy both a graduation requirement and a major requirement. Students should contact their program and AACE advisors for information.

Criminal Justice Major Requirements (48 units)

Note: Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) grading is NOT permitted for classes used to meet the major requirements.  A grade of C (2.0) or higher is required for all courses to be counted toward the major.

Other Undergraduate Degree Requirements

In addition to major requirements, every student must also complete the University’s baccalaureate requirements for graduation, which are described in the Requirements, Exams & Testing  chapter of this catalog. 

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