Department News

Important Dates for Spring 2015

  • February 20 - Last day to add classes
  • February 20 - Graduation Applications due  
  • March 20 - Last day to request CR/NC grading
  • March 23-28 - SPRING BREAK
  • March 31 - Cesar Chavez Day - campus closed
  • April 24 - Last day to withdraw
  • May 15 - Last day of class
  • May 16-22 - Finals Week
  • May 21 - Criminal Justice End of Year Event

Ferguson, Police Violence, & Human Rights

From Ferguson to Geneva: Police Violence in America is a Human Rigts Issue: Friday, February 27th, 6:30pm in HSS 154.

Assistant Professor of Law at St Louis University, Justin Hansford's work incorporates legal ethics, critical race theory, human rights, and the Global Justice Movement in a broader attempt to interrogate injustice in society. He is the co-author of the "United Nations Shadow Report on the Shooting of Michael Brown and the Ensuing Police Violence Against Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri" and headed the delegation to Geneva, Switzerland, where Michael Brown's parents presented their case to the United Nations Committee Against Torture. Over the last several months, Professor Hansford has been tear gassed and arrested as a legal observer and active protester in Ferguson. PACE invites you to come hear Professor Hansford discuss his experiences in Ferguson and Geneva and the search for legal policy solutions to systematic racialized state violence. 

Criminal Justice Studies is Impacted

There are now stricter requirements and deadlines for becoming a Criminal Justice Studies major. This applies to current SF State students wanting to change or declare a major in Criminal Justice Studies and freshmen or transfer students applying to SF State. Please see the prospective students page for information. 

Need to see an Advisor?

The Criminal Justice faculty advisors have drop-in office hours for advising - no appointments are needed unless you cannot make the regularly scheduled times. Please see the Advising page for availability and contact information. If you just need a signature from the department chair, please bring your form and unofficial transcript or DARS report to the CJ office in HSS 210. Also check out our Advising FAQ- many of your questions may be answered there.

Youth Justice Mentoring Program

This mentoring program that many Criminal Justice majors take part in is featured in the campus news. Read the article here: Students help incarcerated youth work towards brighter futures.

Spring 2015 Courses

We have created a list of courses from the CJ curriculum that will be offered in Spring. This list was updated on January 20th with newly added courses.

CJ Student Awarded Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship

A big congratulations to Diana Vergara who received the Fran Lopez/Bank of the West Scholarship from the Chicana/Latina Foundation. This scholarship is awarded each year to two outstanding undergraduates who have overcome many challenges in order to pursue a college education. More information on the foundation and its scholarships can be found on the Chicana/Latina Foundation website.

CJ 330 Students Featured in Golden Gate XPress

Lecturer Greg Woods and his CJ 330 class are featured in this week's campus paper. Check out the article here!

CJ Lecturer Jim Dudley Published at

We are pleased to share that Jim Dudley's article, Why police agencies are well served by the 1033 Program, has been published online by Take a few minutes to read the article to learn more about the 1033 Program and Professor Dudley's analysis of its criticisms and benefits. 

CJ Curriculum Update

Until further notice, you may take 8 elective courses from any of the four categories to fulfill the CJ major requirements (4 courses for the minor). You no longer have to worry about getting 2 from each category. Please choose these electives based on availability and your personal academic interests. See the department roadmaps to see the lists of possible electives. The requirements for CJ 300, CJ 323 or 330, and CJ 680 remain the same. *Please note: you must have a minimum of 40 upper division units to graduate, so you may need to take upper division courses (300+) outside the major to fulfill the requirement.