I am a junior (or senior) at Sonoma State University majoring in criminology and criminal justice studies. What classes should I take?
At this point, you should have completed most of your general education requirements. Focus on completing your remaining general education requirements, including your 9 units of upper division GE courses (300-499), before taking CCJS major core requirements courses. Review your Academic Requirements Report (ARR) to find out your remaining degree requirements. Take the minimum number of units needed for every requirement.
If you till have not done so, take CCJS 201 (Criminal Justice and Public Policy) -- a major core requirement for CCJS majors. This course presents a systematic analysis of the effectiveness and influence of criminal justice policy and practice throughout the criminal justice system, and serves as a good introduction to the criminology and criminal justice studies program. It is also a lower division GE course that satisfies GE Area D (Subarea D1) requirement. We also encourage you to take CCJS 420 (Seminar in Criminology) and CCJS 370 (Seminar in Research Methods) as soon as you can.
The Sample Four-Year Program provides suggestions that can help you in choosing your classes, but it is best to consult with your assigned CCJS faculty advisor to make sure that you course plan meets your personal goals. Our B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies program has been designed to allow each student, in consultation with a CCJS faculty advisor, to develop an individualized program of study.