Criminal Justice Studies

Program Overview

The multidisciplinary program in Criminal Justice Studies explores the conception and implementation of law, crime and justice systems and ideas. The program emphasizes critical thinking about law, crime and justice systems and their entanglement with larger political economic processes.  In particular, the program explores how ideas and systems of crime, law and justice shape broader issues of social justice, especially those related to the experience of race, class, gender, sexuality, and age inequity in the U.S.  The program teaches students the skills of critical analysis and ethical reasoning such that students can challenge structures and assumption and innovatively contribute to the assessment of alternative solutions to problems associated with the identification, control and prevention of crime and delinquency.

Program Learning Objectives

  1. Learn how systemic inequality shapes and is shaped by crime, law and justice systems.
  2. Critique and analyze claims, data and knowledge about crime, law and justice systems.
  3. Design and implement a senior capstone project that demonstrates effective written communication, ethical reasoning, and critical analysis.
  4. Analyze the history and politics of criminological knowledge.
  5. Describe how people and groups impact, engage, contest and remake legal institutions and ideas.


Criminal Justice Studies is currently open to all students admitted through the University admissions process.

Degree Requirements

Review the degree requirements for the major and minor


Review the road maps for the major and minor


Advising for majors and minors is provided by faculty members in the program. If you have questions about non-major requirements, please contact the Undergraduate Advising Center.

The Criminal Justice Program provides sample syllabi of it courses for students to gain a understand of the scope of a course.

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regarding the Criminal Justice Studies program.

View a flyer regarding CJ faculty office hours for Spring 2020.

View a flyer regarding Spring 2020 CJ course offerings.

Undergraduate Advising Center 

For advising on undergraduate non-major courses - GE requirements, etc. - please visit the Advising Center. This is a university service staffed by professional counselors, interns, and peer advisors committed to providing guidance and information to help undergraduate students enjoy a successful college experience.
Location: Administration building 211

Criminal Justice Studies Program

1600 Holloway Avenue - HSS Building, Room 261
San Francisco, CA 94132-4161

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.
Phone: (415) 405-4129
Fax: (415) 405-0771