Prospective Students

Criminal Justice Studies is currently accepting all students into the major.  If you wish to become a major in the program, please file the change of major paperwork in HSS 210.

Transfer Policy

Criminal Justice students coming from California community colleges may transfer up to 6 units towards the CJ major. For SF State’s Department of Criminal Justice Studies, successful completion of CAN AJ 2 (Introduction to Criminal Justice) will substitute for 3 of the minimum of 6 units students must complete in the elective category Administration of Justice. Also, successful completion of CAN AJ 4 (Concepts of Criminal Law) will substitute for 3 of the minimum of 6 units students must complete in the elective category, Legal Studies. See Major Requirements for information about the elective categories.


Provides information on applying to the University, deadlines, fees, and more.

Admissions website

Financial Aid

Information on paying for college including grants, scholarships, work study, and student loans.

Financial Aid website

Career Outlook

The major and minor provide training for students who hope to be active in their communities regarding issues of crime, law, and justice as well as those seeking careers in government, law, and higher education. Career opportunities include those in law enforcement, diversion, corporate security, crime analysis, probation, parole, corrections, juvenile justice, victim advocacy, community development, and justice research. Students who intend to pursue graduate education in Criminal Justice, Justice Studies, Criminology, and related fields as well as those planning to apply to law school are encouraged to consider the major and minor in Criminal Justice Studies.

To discuss potential careers options, please contact one of our faculty advisors during their office hours or visit the Career Center in room 206 of the Student Services Building on campus.