Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Studies – SOC Associate Degree for Transfer Roadmap

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This is a sample pathway for students who transfer to San Francisco State University in 2017–2018 with an AA-T in Sociology. Six units in the major (Distribution Requirements Areas I and III) and all lower division GE requirements have been satisfied. Check with a major advisor about the most appropriate course sequence. Degree completion guaranteed in 60 units; see the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) section for more information.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
C J 300 Criminal Justice: A Cross-Disciplinary Perspective 1 4
Major Distribution Requirement – See List 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) 3
or University Elective if A4 met in transfer
Upper Division GE: UD-B or UD-C 3
US History 3
or University Elective if US History met before transfer
Second Semester
C J 323GW
Ethics in Criminal Justice - GWAR
or Research Methods in Criminal Justice-GWAR
Major Distribution Requirement – See List – Take Two 6
U.S. and California Government 3
or University Elective if US/CA Government met before transfer
University Elective 3
Third Semester
Major Distribution Requirement – See List – Take Two 6
Upper Division GE: UD-B or UD-C 3
University Elective – Take Two 6
Fourth Semester
C J 680 Field Course in Criminal Justice 4
Major Distribution Requirement – See List 3
University Elective or Upper Division GE (UD-B or UD-C) if needed 3
University Elective 3
 Total Units60

To Do at SF State:

Enough total units to reach 120 minimum for graduation; 40 units minimum at the upper division level; to include the following:

University-Wide Requirements: 6–15 Units

  • ENG 214 or equivalent A4 course (0–3 units) if not taken before transfer
  • American Institutions (0–6 units): US History, US Government, California State and Local Government requirements if not taken before transfer
  • Upper Division GE (6 units): C J 300 satisfies both a major requirement and UD GE (D). See grid above.
  • Students entering the major with the AA-T in Sociology are not required to fulfill SF State Studies requirements.
  • Complementary Studies: consult with a department advisor on how transfer units and/or SF State units can be applied to ensure degree completion within 60 units.

Criminal Justice Major: 29–36 units

Six units from the ADT to be applied in Distribution Requirement Categories I and III – see a department advisor.

  • Foundation Courses (7–8 units)
  • Distribution Requirements (18–24 units in four different categories) – one course from (I) Administration of Justice, two courses from (II) Crime and Delinquency, one course from (III) Legal Studies, and two courses from (IV) Working with Diverse Communities 
  • Culminating Experience (4 units)

University Electives: 14 or More Units

Depends on course choices made at the community college, how transferred units are applied to the requirements above, and course choices at SF State. Some courses may meet more than one requirement, e.g. UD GE and the major. Upper division electives recommended in order to meet the minimum 40-unit requirement.

Major Distribution Requirements
I. Administration of Justice

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

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

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

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 464Race and American Politics4
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