2012-2013 Academic Catalog 
    Nov 20, 2019  
2012-2013 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice Major

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Criminal Justice Overview

The criminal justice major, for professionals in police, corrections or other forms of criminal justice work, provides students with psychological, sociological and humanistic perspectives to bring to their work experiences. Students are expected to complete eight units in the criminal justice field. Transfer credit is awarded for completion of the Police Academy training program.



General Distribution Requirements for B.S. Degrees

The requirements for the B.S. degree fall into four categories: major area courses, courses meeting general distribution requirements, elective courses and a perspectives capstone course. A student must complete 32 units (128 semester hours) to earn the B.S. degree.

Students are required to take 17 course units to meet the liberal arts distribution requirement. This requirement is designed to give students perspectives on human affairs, which will enrich their academic background and their professionalism. Industry, government and nonprofit organizations continue to emphasize breadth of knowledge and capability in those they employ.

A general outline of courses falling within discipline areas may be found preceding the course descriptions. Students should also review all interdepartmental (IDND) courses, many of which fulfill one or more area requirements. The student’s COPACE academic advisor can identify which courses meet particular requirements.

  > English/Verbal Expression
    2 units
  > Humanities
    5 units

These courses must be distributed among at least three disciplines. One unit must be met by professional ethics.

  > Science/Mathematics

4 units

At least one course in each of these disciplines is required.

  > Social Sciences

6 units

These courses must be distributed among at least three disciplines.


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