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Criminal Justice Studies

San Francisco State University

48 months
7484 USD/year
7484 USD/year
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The Criminal Justice Studies BA program offered at San Francisco State University is drawing upon a rich urban environment, the multidisciplinary program in criminal justice studies explores the connections between law, crime, and justice.


The Criminal Justice Studies BA program offered at San Francisco State University has a curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking about the administration of justice, crime and delinquency, legal studies, and working with diverse communities. As part of the major, students participate in a culminating field experience at the end of their program. The program is intended for a diverse group of students whose interests range from the local to the global, from street crime to terrorism, from municipal policing to international courts.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Identify major social issues that shape crime, law and justice systems.
  • Develop critical thinking skills that enable analysis of crime, law and justice issues.
  • Learn about the role of class, race, age, sexuality, and gender in shaping criminal justice systems.
  • Develop methodological reasoning skills that enable the challenging of assumptions and structures, including assessment of alternative solutions to problems associated with the identification, control, and prevention of crime and delinquency.
  • Apply critical analysis, methodological reasoning and ethical reasoning to field experiences.

Career paths

The major and minor provide training for students who anticipate they will be engaged in their communities regarding issues of law, crime, and justice as well as those seeking related careers in government, law and higher education. Career opportunities include those in law enforcement, diversion, crime analysis, probation, parole, corrections, juvenile justice, victim advocacy, corporate security, 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Criminal Justice: A Cross-Disciplinary Perspective
  • Comparative Criminal Justice
  • Police and Public Policy
  • Jails and Prisons
  • The Architecture of Incarceration
  • Community Corrections and Sentencing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete and submit the CSU Application
  • Students will be required to submit official, original or certified/attested copies of all original academic documents in the original language of issue
  • Applicants who are presently attending a college or university in the United States must, in addition to their international records, submit official transcripts of all work completed and in progress
  • Applicants must be qualified to enter a university in their home country and have a good scholastic record from an accredited/recognized school
  • All applicants for admission to the University must pay a $55.00 application fee
  • English language proficiency

Tuition Fee

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    7484 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 7484 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    7484 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7484 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for San Francisco

2206 - 4119 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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