School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics - Undergraduate Admissions Information

Undergraduate Admissions

For general admissions information, refer to the Office of Admissions and University Outreach.

NOTICE ON ADMISSION TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MAJOR


The Criminal Justice undergraduate program is impacted and space availability is limited. Students wishing to be admitted to the program must meet supplementary admission criteria. Students must also follow the guidelines for applying to the major as provided below.

Applying to the Major

Students who wish to major in Criminal Justice must meet the following conditions. Conditions are different depending upon whether students are Undecided with an Interest in Criminal Justice and Lower Division Students or Continuing Upper Division and Transfer Students.  It is a student’s responsibility to be aware of the conditions that apply to them.

Students must also submit this application during the timeline for applying to the major as provided below.

CONDITIONS FOR UNDECIDED WITH AN INTEREST IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND LOWER DIVISION STUDENTS

Students must submit an application within the first two semesters after they have met the supplementary admission criteria (B- or better in criteria courses, 2.75 Cumulative GPA) for the Criminal Justice major. Criteria courses for Undecided with an Interest in Criminal Justice Majors are CRIM 1010, 1260, and 3010. Criteria courses for Continuing Students are CRIM 1010 and 1260.

If you completed the last criteria course needed in…

To be considered for the major, you must submit an application in one of the 2 semesters that follow:

Summer

Fall

Spring

Spring

Summer

Fall

Fall

Spring

Summer

 

Students who fail to submit an application in those first two semesters will not be considered for the major.

 

What if I don’t have the required 2.75 Cumulative GPA at the time I complete the last criteria course?

Students who don’t have a 2.75 Cumulative GPA at the end of the semester in which they took the last criteria course must raise their GPA to 2.75 by the end of their next semester taking classes. Students who successfully raise their GPA in their next semester will then have the following two semesters in which to submit an application.

If you successfully raised your GPA to 2.75 in…

To be considered for the major, you must submit an application in one of the 2 semesters that follow:

Summer

Fall

Spring

Spring

Summer

Fall

Fall

Spring

Summer

 

Students who fail to raise their Cumulative GPA to 2.75 in their next semester taking classes will not be considered for the major.

 

CONDITIONS FOR CONTINUING UPPER DIVISION AND TRANSFER STUDENTS  

Students who applied to be admitted to Cal State LA as a Criminal Justice major but were not accepted because of limited space availability, as well as students admitted to Cal State LA under other majors, may apply to the major.

Students who completed CRIM 1010 and 1260 (or equivalent courses) at a school other than Cal State LA and have met the supplementary admission criteria (B- or better in these courses, 3.0 Cumulative GPA) for the Criminal Justice major, and transferred a minimum of 60 semester units of college course work must submit an application within their first two semesters at Cal State LA.

If you transferred CRIM 1010/1260 (or equivalents) and 60 semester units to begin at Cal State LA in…

To be considered for the major, you must submit an application in one of your first 2 semesters at Cal State LA:

Fall

Fall

Spring

Spring

Spring

Summer

Summer

Summer

Fall

 

Students who have not completed both CRIM 1010 and CRIM 1260 (or equivalent courses) at a school other than Cal State LA or transferred less than 60 semester units will be held to the conditions provided in the section “Conditions for Undeclared with an Interest in Criminal Justice Majors and Continuing Students” above.

 

What if I don’t have the required 3.0 Cumulative GPA when I start at Cal State LA?

Students who don’t have a 3.0 Cumulative GPA upon entering Cal State LA must raise their GPA to 3.0 by the end of their first semester taking classes. Students who successfully raise their GPA in their first semester will then have the following two semesters in which to submit an application.

If you successfully raised your GPA to 3.0 in…

To be considered for the major, you must submit an application in one of the 2 semesters that follow:

Summer

Fall

Spring

Spring

Summer

Fall

Fall

Spring

Summer

 

Students who fail to raise their Cumulative GPA to 3.0 in their first semester taking classes at Cal State LA will not be considered for the major.

 

APPLYING TO THE MAJOR TIMELINE

Applications to the Criminal Justice major are accepted on a continuous basis.

Students who meet the Criminal Justice major criteria must submit a Change of Major form to the Rongxiang Xu College of Health and Human Services Advising Center to declare the major.

Students must submit this application in order to be considered for admission to the major. The application process will be offered each semester and students are required to follow the schedule provided below.

IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW

If the number of eligible applicants exceeds the spaces available, applicants will be ranked by GPA and selected from the top of the list until all spaces are filled.

More spaces will be allotted for Undeclared with an Interest in Criminal Justice Majors than for Continuing Students with a different major.

Students will only be considered for admission to the major in the first two semesters that they are eligible to submit applications. If a student’s application is not successful by the second semester, the student may not apply again.

Failure to pass 2 or more 2000-level CRIM core courses (a grade of C- or lower) will disqualify students from consideration for admission to the major.

QUESTIONS?

Visit the Rongxiang Xu College of Health and Human Services Advising Center in Fine Arts Room 235 or call 323-343-5500.