Department News

Speed Mentoring Event for Students Interested in Careers in Justice Administration

Change of Date and Location--see below for correct information

The Criminal Justice Student Association and the School of Public Administration and Civic Engagement (PACE) of San Francisco State University is proud to announce its first annual Speed Mentoring event to take place on the 26th of April from 5:30 – 8:30pm in Rigoberto Menchu Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student Union of San Francisco State University.  At the event current and former members of the criminal justice and law enforcement professions will meet with attendees and discuss their career paths and offer advise and opportunities for student to jump start their justice careers.

We welcome any and all students.  RSVP is requested at by competing the survey here,

Business attire is recommended.  This event is free.

The following is a link to the SF State Campus Map,



Spring 2016 Faculty Office Hours

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Click Here for the important dates for Spring 2016


Criminal Justice Lecturer Authors New Book

"After the Doors Were Locked” offers a look at the history of youth corrections in California from its origins to the present day. Macallair comments on the practices and how they have evolved throughout the centuries. This book also looks at the reforms currently taking place in California prison systems today.  Author Daniel E. Macallair, SFSU CJ Lecturer and Practitioner-in-Residence, is the Executive Director of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. Click here for more on the book and use 4F15ADWL for a student discount.

Criminal Justice Faculty Co-Author Book

Alex Gerould and Dr. Jeff Snipes co-author a new book called "The Valley of the Shadow of Death"explores the details surrounding the tragic murders and provides an illuminating look at the African American experience over the last 70-plus years.


Criminal Justice Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to your questions in these FAQ's.

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.

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.